Weebly: Free and Easy Church Websites

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I’m a bit of a technology snub. There’s no point in denying it. I resisted switching from a straight-up, manually coded website to a WordPress site because of this arrogance. To this end, I resisted again when my employer asked all employees to set up websites for our classrooms via Weebly. I was wrong for resisting. ... Continue Reading

Why Faster Websites = Higher Conversion [Infographic]

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The infographic below is titled, “Why Faster Websites Make More Money,” and while most ChurchMag readers are not interested in their websites making more money, we are looking for a higher conversion rate. Sure, conversion rates are usually referred to in the business sense, but church websites are interested in converting web visitors to Sunday morning visitors and nonprofit ministries are interested in converting interest into support. A conversion is a conversion. So with that concept in ... Continue Reading

Saturday Morning Reviews

Saturday Morning Review

Over the past several years, ChurchMag has posted various book and music reviews. Book reviews have traditionally been posted on occasion without any kind of consistency and the music reviews have been off and on just the same—titled: Turntable. I am not interested in ChurchMag becoming some kind of music and book review site, but I am interested in reviewing music and books that are relevant to the ChurchMag community. This would include music of various genres—not just worship—and the books ... Continue Reading

Church Tech Snack Pack #044

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When we first started the Church Tech Snack Pack, I wasn't sure how well it would go. But after 43, now 44, I am pleasantly surprised. In our recent reader survey, many of you mentioned the Snack Pack, so I am happy that you are enjoying it as much as I have. :) Enjoy: ... Continue Reading

Our Donations vs. Diseases [Infographic]

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I found his infographic to be particularly interesting considering the viral success of the Ice Bucket Challenge. While the Ice Bucket Challenge could be applied to any charity of your choosing, it was commonly referred to as the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.” The ALS Association received a record number of donations in a short period of time (hurray for them), but did all of this energy, money, and awareness go towards something that threatening? Here's a curious look: ... Continue Reading

The Greatest Thing…Is Love

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Yesterday I got into an accident with a biker and another car. I was pulling across an intersection with a green light and the bicyclist pulled right in front of me. He swerved around me and we hit him slightly and then he slammed full force into the other car and broke the windshield. ... Continue Reading

The Mobile Landscape [Infographic]

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Youth pastors know this, hippers may know this, and parents with kids know that mobile devices are not the future, they are now. For churches, a mobile device should be more than a phone, it's the device to inform parents that their child in daycare is upset. It's the best communication tool for students in youth groups. And it is an untapped possible way of getting people to instantly engage with your community and congregation outside of Sunday and Wednesday nights. ... Continue Reading

The Incredible Pace of Online Spending

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We can talk about online spending. We can write about online spending. We can even make infographics about online spending. But until you see the dollars and cents rack-up in realtime, you haven't fully felt the impact at the amount of online spending. ... Continue Reading