This article is part of a series where we want to highlight you guys, the readers. If you want to see all of the interviews we have done, go check out the landing page for the series here.
To this point, everyone I have featured on the ChurchMag Reader Spotlight has been someone that I initially interacted on social media, but it was specifically because of ChurchMag that I had met them. This reader spotlight feature is going to be the first (I hope the first of many) where it is because of the ChurchMag comments I meet our readers.
He started reading ChurchMag around 2014, a fan of Apple, and putting in the extra effort with ministry via podcasts. This is my interview with James Haley.
- Have you ever served in your church’s tech ministry?
Yes, I developed and maintain our website. I also manage our social media accounts and consult on other tech needs.
- What tech, web, or app are you in love with right now?
Plex. I’m a TV junkie, so I’ve created my personal Netflix with my Plex Server. My son loves it too, so that he can instantly watch his shows on a tablet.
- What biggest need do you see the Church having with technology and creativity?
The Church needs to open their minds to doing creative and different things with technology. A church web site can be much more than a digital bulletin board for advertising your church and events. How can it be used to better disciple people? How can we create podcasts that are more than a recording of the pastors sermon? How can we use technology to do new things with small groups?
- What is the last great article you read on ChurchMag and why did you enjoy it?
“Remind: Church Texting Made Easy“. I was familiar with Remind because my son’s elementary school uses it. I avoided it because I assumed it was only for schools. Thanks to this article, I was glad to learn I was wrong. Remind is an awesome tool that more people should be using for mass texting.
- What one part do you like most about ChurchMag beyond the blog and why?
I love the podcast. There aren’t many people I can talk to about church tech, so I love to listen to the ChurchMag podcast to hear your thoughts on various church tech issues and tips.