Top 5 Web Trends of 2015 [Infographic]

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Church websites are coming a long way and with the help of a great guide by Jonathan Malm on Rethinking Your Church Website Strategy, your ministry has a great chance of creating something amazing for your digital audience. But 2015 has some challenges that have to be overcome to keep up with the competition and stay relevant online. Here are some of what I believe are the most important stats online: ... Continue Reading

The State of Content Marketing in 2015 [Infographic]

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Content marketing is the intentional decision to create content that reaches readers in order to drive them back to your platform so you can engage them. That means for businesses, you write amazing articles to get people to then buy stuff from you. As churches, this is also available to you, but for the Gospel. Content marketing can come from blogs, social media, newsletters, podcasts, and more, but it focuses on making yourself the expert and creating an established audience. Here are the ... Continue Reading

Get Your Church Website Ready for Easter [Podcast #43]

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Is your church website ready for Easter Sunday? We not only talk about some fundamentals to consider when preparing your church website, but the fact that many of the elements needed should be in place any and every Sunday. Listen in on this week's ChurchMag Podcast and start getting your church website ready! ... Continue Reading

Church Tech Snack Pack #062

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Easter is less than two months away, so it's time to get ready! This Sunday on the ChurchMag Podcast (Friday for subscribers), we'll be talking about getting your church website ready for Easter. You'll also find some more Easter-centric links in this Snack Pack (there were some last week as well), but first, this insightful tweet about Facebook last week: ... Continue Reading

Open Church: Resourcing the Church for the 21st Century

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The last thirty years—ironically, about the same time I've been alive—have been an incredible time of technological growth, fueled the convergence of many factors. In fact, there are so many factors to this growth that it would be hard to pick one, but acknowledging the risk of minimizing the others, can we say that "openness" was a huge factor? I don't have time to go through and list all of the technology we take for granted that we owe, to some degree, to openness, but I can assure you that ... Continue Reading

Introducing: ChurchMag Staff Writers

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Towards the end of 2014 the idea began to brew about establishing Staff Writers for ChurchMag. These would be regular contributors who have a passion and unique strengths surrounding Church tech and creativity. Like the newspaper days of old, each Staff Writer would be given a “beat” to cover and would write at least one post per week with a commitment of one year. Since the beginning of the year, this team of Staff Writers have been following through with all kinds of awesome. So as I ... Continue Reading

The 5 Types of Blog Posts that Always Work

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I sure hope you appreciate a little irony, because that’s exactly what the title of this blog post is. Ironic. You see, many how-to books and posts on blogging make promises like the one above, that if you just do this-and-this, you’ll attract hundreds, thousands of readers. You wanna know why? Because posts like that work. Here’s the common wisdom on what types of posts work: ... Continue Reading

How To Schedule Instagram Posts

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For the longest time, scheduling Instagram was impossible, and it still pretty much is. Instagram has their API under lock and key, but one company, ScheduGram has changed all of that. Here's how you can schedule Instagram posts with ScheduGram: ... Continue Reading

How Often Do you Post Online? [Infographic]

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I'm going to write this article about the infographic because it is a good discussion starter, but I want you to know one thing. I hate when people ask how frequently you should post, but the person you are asking has never seen your account, doesn't know your social media strategy, and has no idea what you want to do with your platform. So I'm going to communicate some facts after the infographic, but I DO NOT endorse mimicking this infographic word for word. Instead, be intentional. Nothing ... Continue Reading

Science Fiction and Gender Roles

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I've written before about the power of science fiction to inject ideas into the mainstream while driving the conversation forward. Lately, one of the bigger issues in the wider cultural dialogue has been gender equality. As a man, I don't want to weigh in as an authority, though I will admit that my wife, who is a woman, is objectively a much better person than I am. However, I don't want to subject my wife to the blogosphere, so I'll point a spotlight at someone better equipped to handle it: ... Continue Reading