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Discover how to leverage technology in your church

Technology should not transform ministry, but rather do the things that people don’t have to do so they can do what they do best.

Letting Strategy Determine Technology in Ministry

By Billy Schultz | Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Imagine this scenario: You work in a church coordinating communications, among other responsibilities. One day, you receive a call from a lay leader, who tells you that a business client of his showed him a new software her church uses to communicate with and schedule volunteers. This member tells you that while he knows the price is high (or spendy, if this hypothetical church is in Minnesota), he’s willing to donate the funds to purchase this software.

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How to Build a Church Website: Content and Navigation

By Meagan Thole | Mar 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of creating your website! Feeling some pressure? Don’t. You can do this. I promise you, with a little guidance you’ll be sailing through and wondering why you ever worried in the first place.

In this series of articles you’ll learn the easiest way to make an attractive website for your church with the least amount of headache.

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An Overview of Copyrights for Churches (Part 2)

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Mar 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

While the copyright law inthe US provides several rights exclusively tothe rights holders of acreative work, the law nonetheless allows use of works, even those covered by copyright, in specific ways. To protect the ability of artists toreference one another’s work, teachers to educate, and criticsand commentators to reference artistic works, the copyright law provides a series of principles collectively known as Fair Use.

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Public Relations and Your Church

By Ann Ciaccio | Mar 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

pub·lic re·la·tions 
ˈpəblik rəˈlāSHənz/
noun

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Stop the Presses or Pause the Video?

By Rev. Daniel Ross | Mar 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Pew Research recently came out with an interesting study. The study in and of itself is not interesting, however, the results are. In the rush to digitize everything and the push towards moving to video one little thing has been overlooked: Millennials prefer to get their news by reading. Overall, Americans want to get their news by watching video compared to reading or even listening to the news (46% : 35% : 17%). However, things look much different when you break down the age groups.

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An Overview of Copyrights for Churches (Part 1)

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Mar 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This article is intended to familiarize you with the basics of copyright as it relates to churches.  Because copyright is a legal issue and the intricacies of your situation might make a significant difference in your rights and responsibilities, you should consult a lawyer who is familiar with your circumstance before following any legal guidance.

Copyright is a set of laws designed to help artists and others who produce creative works to be able to benefit from their work and to control its use.

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Christ-Focused Storytelling

By Katy Munson | Mar 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM


Stories are a powerful way to communicate and connect. From advertising to our dinner tables, stories saturate our lives. God’s Word is filled with stories, communicating our fallenness and Jesus’ faithfulness. As we use stories in church communications(social media, blog, video, website, etc.), it’s vital that our narratives continually point back to Jesus - his life, death, and resurrection.

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Why You Must Question the Cultural Orthodoxy

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Feb 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Within any culture there’s a certain orthodox set of ideas that aren’t allowed to be challenged or compromised except at great peril.  Some of those are held in common across most, if not all, cultures, such as the idea that killing without justification is wrong.  Others of them are unique to a particular culture, place and time.  In ancient Rome, for example, one of the guiding principles was that of polytheism.  It was perfectly acceptable for someone to worship whatever god they chose to follow, as long as they didn’t make any claims to be the only god.  Obviously Judaism and early Christianity ran afoul of this principle, and as a result they found themselves on the margins of Roman society pretty quickly. 

In the western world today, we also have a set of guiding principles. 

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How to Improve Your Church Announcements

By Billy Schultz | Feb 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you’ve attended worship at a variety of churches, you know that church announcements are a wild card. You might get a newsletter when you enter into the sanctuary. There may be screens with looping announcements prior to the service. The pastor(s), staff, lay people, or a combination of those people might give verbal announcements at the beginning, middle, or end of the service. In many of our churches, there is a lot of information we’d like both members and visitors to know about us and what’s happening in our ministries.

Improving your church announcements is an important task to consider, as it’s a component of your overall communications strategy.

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4 Tips for Using Google Chrome Efficiently

By Andrew Osborne | Feb 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

I love finding tricks and "secret" ways to do things easier. When I was growing up, my brothers and I played lots of video games together. I remember always trying to look online and find out if there were any secret codes I could type into the game and get extra coins or abilities. Sure, it may have taken away from the actual game-play a little, but it made me feel pretty cool.

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