Will Google Penalize Your Church Website?

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For years we've been saying that church, ministry, and nonprofit websites need to be mobile-friendly. Up until now, we've been preaching this kind of web design from a practical perspective. More and more people are accessing the Internet outside of the PC desktop environment by using their smartphones and tablets, so having a mobile-friendly website—or as we often say, responsive—has become more and more important. What's the point of having a website if it isn't accessible? This makes sense ... Continue Reading

By the Numbers: Analysis

By The Numbers - Analysis

Yesterday we looked at the By the Numbers research project that I have been slaving away at and for those that enjoy the tl;dr style of recapping: I don't want to base my social media and web recommendations for churches based off of opinion or individual experiences, so I am compiling data so the Church can do better online ministry. Today we will look at the analysis outcomes for solid data to be presented. You won't get all the data unless you purchase the eBook, but I did want to share ... Continue Reading

4 Giving Statistics Every Church Should Know

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I’m not sure if it’s an actual law, or simply a generally agreed upon practice, but it seems that any discussion of statistics these days must first include a recitation of the most famous statistics-related quote of all time: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Good. So now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about statistics! As that oft-quoted witticism makes clear, statistics should be taken with a grain of salt. They may not always present the ... Continue Reading

By the Numbers: Observations

By The Numbers - Observations

The project design has been constructed, the seemingly endless amount of data has been mined, and I am beginning to crunch the numbers. And let me say, I have found some great points after looking at over 250 social media accounts and 100 websites for churches. The simple fact of the matter is, there is no set standard, but there are a lot of churches producing great content. Even as I write these words knowing that the series is coming to a close and my latest eBook has been released on ... Continue Reading

OpenEmu – The Best Retro Gaming Emulator EVER

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If you've ever ventured out into retro gaming with an emulator, you'll find that they're not always the easiest to use and sometimes are a little buggy. The BEST retro gaming is usually with the actual system or something like the Wii offers with retro purchases. And when it comes to the Mac, free emulator offerings are probably the worse option of them all. Until now... ... Continue Reading

Church Tech Snack Pack #067

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Another Friday. Another Snack Pack. Do you like the Church Tech Snack Pack? Let me know in the comments! The thing about link round-up posts like this, is that it doesn't harbor a lot of discussion—so it's difficult to fully measure its value. Now...let it begin! ... Continue Reading

Minecraft Theology: 03 Time to Mine

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I recognize my last video in the Minecraft Theology series was very impersonal even though I started off the series stating we would be getting almost VLog personal. So I jump into how church technology and gaming not only came into my life, but how it highlighted and became the source of my calling. Did gaming ever play a part of your life? ... Continue Reading

Why Content Is Not the Focus of Social Media

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Dave Shrien, host of the Church Marketing Podcast, wrote this tweet a last Tuesday asking people about social media for churches and where they spend most of their time as social media managers: https://twitter.com/daveshrein/status/585605736807399426 I instantly sent my reply that I took most of my time to create structures and engage with other people, which I will get into of what that means later in this article. I then decided to scan the replies of what people responded with and found ... Continue Reading

Does Your Blog Article Have To Have A Point?

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We have a new series that has launched called Minecraft Theology which is a new way of blogging that we are trying out, but for more reasons than we initially thought. As I shared in the first video, we are exploring how to do blogging, YouTube, and gaming all in one big series that takes Minecraft as a vlog tool, but turns it into a place where we can get personal about content. But the part which has hit me in the recent episode I recorded is not the type of medium we use by doing recording ... Continue Reading

Customer Lifetime Value & Ministry [Infographic]

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Social media gurus talk about how to gain followers all of the time with gimmicks, strategies, and paid advertisements. But I wonder if the issue of retention is less in cost with time, energy, money, and creativity than with gaining them? This infographic looks at how to move towards a lifetime approach. Here are some of my favorite key points from the infographic below with a ministry twist: ... Continue Reading