Finding Online Church Content from Your Teaching Series

Identifying Online Content From Teaching Series

Series have become a norm. Whether it is a small group or teaching series, at some point, churches have these. A sermon or teaching series makes for great source for online content. The challenge is identifying online content from these series. So, where can you find some of this content from your series? Here are suggestions: ... Continue Reading

How Our Favorite Websites Have Changed Over The Years [Video]

Old Yahoo Browser Image

Buzzfeed shared a great video a couple of weeks back that looked at archive screenshots of what the web looked like years ago. It makes me think about my first ever website which the landing page still exists, but nothing beyond that. It also utilizes JavaScript that would be considered malware now because it automatically redirected, but that's how programming has progressed. I'd love to see your first website if it is still up or if you have screenshots of iterations as they have ... Continue Reading

Should Churches Use Periscope for Live Streaming?

Periscope Live Streaming

Periscope is the live video streaming app which Twitter launched last year in response to their competitor Meerkat. In just one button click, you are live streaming to your Twitter followers who can tweet questions, comments, and show love to the streamer. Unlike other video platforms like Vine, YouTube, and others, you immediately connect with them. I've seen a couple of people discuss what Periscope is and how it could be utilized in ministry. Dave Shrien and Ryan Bilello talk about the ... Continue Reading

Church Tech Snack Pack #084

CM Snack Pack 84

Some pretty crazy stuff has been happening this week in the tech world in general—the top of the list being the announcement of Alphabet—Google's new parent company. You can read more about that from the top of this week's snack pack, but be sure to dig further. There's some good stuff in there... ... Continue Reading

Social Media Fails: The CEO of Frito Lay

The CEO of Frito Lay - CM

I'll admit it: when I first heard about this case, I couldn't believe it. I thought someone was messing with me, that it was a hoax of some kind. Alas, it's the true social media fail story of the CEO of Frito Lay who confused the Google search bar with Twitter. Yup. That happened. EDITED: The above was the original opening of this post when we first published it. Sadly, I was wrong. ... Continue Reading

UnProgrammed: 05 Creating Vs Exploiting Content

Creating Versus Exploiting Content

When you create content, you are drawing from a well of inspiration, whether it is photography, videography, or blogging. That's tough because you are starting from scratch. The alternative is that you take news and talk about it, even though you do not know much about it. And you blog because it's a hot topic and exploit this "you must click it" article. What are your thoughts? Am I overreacting? ... Continue Reading

Do You Like Blog Comments?

CM Leave Comments

One of the trends you’ve probably noticed around the web for a while, has been the disabling of blog comments. It seems like the new trend in social media circles. In fact, at one time, there were strong advocates of having comments on their blogs and have now since taken them off. The main reasons for this seems to be along these lines of: ... Continue Reading

Rights & Wrongs of Facebook Ads

CM Facebook Ads

For a couple of years I was working as both a teacher and social media manager for my school. Our main form of outreach was Facebook and it was highly effective. Most of our new students came via Facebook, we used it to distribute useful material and keep students in the know of our latest developments. However, during my time there we noticed an almost over night change. When we started out, we just needed to make good quality content that attracted people to share it and with little effort ... Continue Reading

Should Christians Try To Be An Expert Online?

CM-Online Expert

I struggle with words like "expert," "guru," and any other word that makes me seem more intelligent than others on a specific topic. But I do think that it is possible. Yet, I feel many people online, especially Christians, are trying to be experts in areas they are not. Roll with me on this. The world of social media is where everybody has a platform and we start to assume that we can just call ourselves experts. Ask someone who will win the Superbowl this year, get an Apple or Android device, ... Continue Reading

Church Online Communication with Steve Fogg [Podcast #66]

Church Online Communication with Steve Fogg Podcast

This week we hear from church marketing and communication specialist Steve Fogg and discuss church communication, social media, and online church. After our interview, Jeremy, Phil, and Eric talk church social media and the importance of being authentic and not overly automated. Enjoy the episode and be sure to give us some feedback with the #cmagcast hashtag. :D ... Continue Reading