What Is Your Church Streaming Story?

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A few years ago we asked you how your church streams and archives its Sunday services. As of today, we have almost 130 comments! It's amazing to see all the different kinds of solutions. It certainly illustrates the diversity of the Body of Christ and that there are many different ways that can lead towards church streaming success. Does your church stream? How do you do it? Media Fusion wants to know; and they'll reward you up to $200 for your church streaming story! ... Continue Reading

How to Write Better Emails [Infographic]

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Emailing is an art to me. I hold to the rule that I email only when face-to-face is not quicker and more effective, which is a lot of the time. That being said, I typically have bad art form because I am trying to write a novel in one sitting, same as with the voicemails that I leave. I think that details need to be communicated, otherwise the ball is still in your court. If you need to communicate ministry details to volunteers, say all of it, and if they don't follow through, that's on them. ... Continue Reading

‘Scary Close’ by Donald Miller [Saturday Morning Review]

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Do you find it difficult to be truly open with people? Do you sometimes put on an act out of fear that people won’t accept you if they knew the real you? Don’t worry, you’re not alone in fact most of us put on some form of act or another in order to gain attention. That’s what I’ve learned from Scary Close by Don Miller ... Continue Reading

How Social Media Is Rewiring Your Brain [Infographic]

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Digital devices are good, right? Using them all the time does make us morally bad, it should be amoral, yes? Well, I have a little brain science for you. With the Information Age and social media, our brains are rewiring themselves to have short attention spans, expect more data in our brains, and actually getting a kind of rush when we check Facebook. So, is social media bad? ... Continue Reading

We Are Taking Submissions for 2015’s Top Church Tech Blogs!

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We are officially assembling the fourth annual ChurchMag Top 30 Church Tech Blogs list. We wanted to put together a top 30 list formula that was as objective as possible and added little to no subjectivity to the project. The formula finds the most popular Church tech blogs on the Internet through an array of data points including social media followers, blog traffic, and RSS feeds. While we rework the algorithm to update it from 12 months ago, we would love to hear your recommendations. We ... Continue Reading

Death in the Digital Age [Infographic]

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Social media is a wonderful thing, right? You have the ability to share life with tens, hundreds, and thousands of people. But it leaves an interesting question, what happens when a person passes away? I had just recently lost a cousin and unfortunately with 2,000 miles between me and the funeral home, I was not able to be present. But I was able to share my condolences via Facebook with his family and friends. Which begs the question, do you shut down that account or not? ... Continue Reading

Online Giving: Are You Doing It Right?

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While reasonable people can disagree about the best/fastest/easiest/coolest way to utilize online and mobile tech to increase church giving, one thing at least is certain: More churches than ever are taking advantage of digital giving. A recent study reported that 42% of all churches are now offering some form of digital giving. This is a long way short of where things should be, but it’s also a far cry better than the 14% that was reported in 2011. And yes, while something is certainly ... Continue Reading

The Anatomy of an Optimized Web Page [Infographic]

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Not all blog articles are treated equally by Google or read equally by readers. Understanding the logic of Google as well as the psychology of people is important when you create your blog articles to have maximum impact. Don't miss read this. The most important thing is to have high quality content first. These things listed below are only to enhance and highlight your work for many to see—to ensure you have an optimized web page. Here are the top three points from this infographic that I ... Continue Reading