Copyright Challenges of Using YouTube to Host Video

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In July of 2005 I started my first podcast. I'd already been doing Church tech for a few years by that time, so when I went to look for theme music I wanted to honor the artists by following copyright law. I searched for what was called "podsafe music," music that wasn't published by the major labels, so permission could be granted by the original artists. After a couple of hours, I came across a band that was really good. They were a Christian group, so even their lyrics worked for me. The ... Continue Reading

The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication [GIVEAWAY]

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Stories are timeless. Whether passed along to the next generation by an oral tradition or the written word, stories permeate millennia. The stories we care about most are part of our story. Family background, origins of faith, cultural milestones, who was where at major moments in history. Stories matter because people matter. We long for a sense of connectedness and community. We are social creatures. Across oceans and across time, stories tie us together. With the advancement of ... Continue Reading

3 Questions to Ask When Building a Church Website

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I just recently finished switching out my church's website from Joomla to WordPress. (For more on how we came to this decision, check this post.) We built out site using ChurchTheme.com's Resurrect theme, which has been specifically designed for churches, and it is awesome. Anyway, in this process, I've been forced to ask some fairly heavy philosophical questions that really cut to the heart of what I was a doing. Yes, I was just building a website, but a website for a church should be a ... Continue Reading

What About Online Christmas Services?

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While the United Methodist Church has declared a moratorium on online church service communion, Liquid Church is embracing online church to the fullest this holiday season, While the Christmas holiday can bring big numbers to local churches, the same can be said for online attendance. Just as local churches are preparing for an increase in attendance and special services, the same is being done for online church. This is one reason why Liquid Church will be hosting a communion service ... Continue Reading

What Facebook’s New Page Reach Means for Church Social Media

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Surprise! Facebook is changing the algorithm by which Page owners can reach their fans. This means the organic (read “free”) reach you enjoyed up to this point will start to decline over the next few weeks. In fact, a “high performing” post could reach as little as 10% of your followers. The gist of the matter is Facebook wants to monetize the traffic to Pages. This makes sense for Facebook (sort of). They are in business to be in business after all. And now they have stockholders to ... Continue Reading

FaithStreet: Find a Church Near You

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Finding a church is never easy, and if you've just moved to a new city, it can feel like it's next to impossible. FaithStreet hopes to change that, and if your church isn't a part of this directory, you may want to get it added! ... Continue Reading

What About Online Church Communion?

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A church in North Carolina has brought an interesting concept to the forefront of Church and technology. Central United Methodist Church in Concord, North Carolina, planned for those attending the online church service to partake in the Holy Communion during the live service. Online viewers would become online participants as they could pour themselves some grape juice and use any bread or crackers in their home to participate in the breaking of bread and taking of Communion. The Central ... Continue Reading

Why Every Church Should Consider Live Streaming

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The Internet has given us the ability to access vast volumes of information across multiple electronic platforms. Most churches have embraced it while others seem to be intimidated by it. At the moment, there is a lot of hype around churches live streaming their services. I was slacking in the process of finalizing our church’s online campus until I had an experience in a hospital that would change things. Thank God for hospitals and skilled doctors, but let’s face it, no one wants to be in ... Continue Reading

ChurchThemes.com’s Stellar Church WordPress Theme: Resurrect

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ChurchThemes.com is a new WordPress theme shop specializing in church website solutions. Their goal is to provide churches with tools for building attractive, full-featured websites and to do so in a cost-effective way. Their first release is an urban-inspired WordPress theme called Resurrect—a stellar church WordPress theme. They help make things easy by providing one-on-one support and dozens of searchable guides. ... Continue Reading