From spam, bots to ‘unsavory’ engagement Twitter has had to deal with a lot of challenges over the years. To be honest, there were times I thought its demise was imminent. Yet, they’ve been resilient in addressing some of these challenges. Now, I know how they address or have addressed some of these things is debatable. Is that what they should have done? Was whatever they’ve done enough? Should they have done x or y that way? Whatever our opinions we can’t deny that some of the things that have bothered us, bother them as well.
Many members (people) make up the church. Paul, the apostle, wrote about the community of believers using the analogy of a body. Everyone performing a different and necessary part. In a general sense, everyone in the church has something to contribute and should do so. This is one of the reasons I mused about whether “volunteer” was a healthy word for the church and its members. It takes different teams or people playing their parts to enable the mission of the church. Some functions happen independent of others, while others are like the central nervous system.
Besides typical church services (experiences etc), every church, every now and then, will run an event. These events vary. Some are for specific groups or interests, and others more general. Conferences are a great example of a deviation from ‘typical’ events. Some events required registration and payment. After Setting up a WordPress event website, I thought this post might be helpful for others.
Budgets are, or should be, clear statements of intent. They’re a critical part of strategy execution. Your church cannot (or should never) run without them. I’m no finance expert but I can tell you that you don’t need money to draw up a budget. It is about what you want to accomplish and how. This is where strategy (what / end goal) and the means (how) come together. And, as with anything else in church life, church tech must never be left out in budgeting. Church tech budgeting, and this includes the expenditure, must never be an afterthought.
Facebook, Twitter, and other similar platforms have conditioned us to links in posts. Unfortunately or otherwise, links in Instagram posts are not available. This is has given rise to link services for Instagram. A needed service if adding links to your posts is something, like me, I want to do from time to time. Not only of individuals but the need might be greater for churches as well. I took a look at four Instagram link services/tools/platforms.
As you’ll discover, the fourth might not be a service per se.
There hasn’t been a time in history the Church has had this much tech at its disposal. We have many platforms, tools, and solutions for similar problems. Each with a different approach and options. Each hardware and software options, come with solutions and challenges.
The first conundrum is choice. “What tech to use? What is the most cost-effective?” Some of the questions present challenges. One challenge that could bog us down is being ‘locked in’. Going with a solution or combination of solutions, could have us stuck, and every solution has its limitations.