Week after week pastors around the world spend countless hours reading, studying, praying, and writing. They do it for the sake of the Gospel in hopes of speaking life changing truths to their congregations and any visitors that walk through their church doors. What they have to say is not only valuable, it’s vital. If you’re at church, you have the privilege of benefiting from the hard work that goes into preparing and delivering a sermon. But is one delivery enough?
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Social media used to be free. But with popularity, paying for server space and bandwidth, and IPOs, the companies need to make money. Now “paid to play” is the model many social media model most networks are doing. People were upset, but it’s a natural progression.
So is it worth it for churches? Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Yes!
Here are three points from the infographic below for you to consider.
[ Editor’s Note: Early this week Chris Wilson reviewed Buffer’s Social Media Calendar, here’s another look at it. 🙂 ]
Buffer is one of my favorite apps. My main goal when I started to use it was to schedule my tweets, so they nicely spread out during the day. But new features they’ve rolled out over time have made me a real fan.
Tweetdeck is my Twitter app and of course I can schedule tweets here as well, but it’s way more cumbersome. I’m one of those people who still uses an RSS Reader to read blogs (I use Feedly) and it gets along well with Buffer. I don’t have to open a post to be able to add it to Buffer, since an integrated button in Feedly takes care of that. If I want to add a picture to a tweet (and I do use one whenever possible because it raises engagement), I do need to open the post. If the picture is big enough, hovering over it will show the Buffer logo and I can add the picture to my tweet automatically. Easy-peasy.
God Rest Ye Stressed Communicators: Planning Christmas for Your Church is a collection of writings from the folks at Church Marketing Sucks/The Center for Church Communication designed to help church leaders and church techs rethink, retool, and revive their outlook on Christmas. That’s what it was designed to do, and that’s precisely what it does. It validates the stress and pressure upon us to “present” Christmas successfully, and yet it redefines that as “effectively,” meaning that it should be done for the glory of God and the advancing of His kingdom. It does this quite well while still reminding us that the hard work of Christmas—Christ’s work—has been done, so what are we so stressed about?
If you are like ChurchMag, Google is important to your site. At times, 60%-80% of our traffic comes from someone searching for something Christian and nerdy/techy. If you are trying to get the most out of your website presence with search engine optimization (SEO), be careful that you do not try to game the system and in fact penalize yourself further reducing traffic from your blog.
We had so much fun during last year’s Black Friday Edition—we decided to do it, again!
I’m not sure how repetitive we were compared to last year’s topic choice, but I can assure you that Phil provides an all new Black Friday story to the microphone in this episode.