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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.

Rev. Bill Johnson

Rev. Bill Johnson serves as the Director of Educational Technology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He’s passionate about finding effective ways to share the Gospel with emerging generations and new ways to use technology to form the next generation of servants for the Church. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with his wife and three teenage daughters. Please pray for him.
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Redesigning Your Church Website—Part 6: JavaScript with jQuery

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Sep 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

While HTML does content and CSS does formatting, JavaScript does interaction. If you’ve ever been on a site that reacted to where your mouse pointer moved or that allowed you to view new content without visiting a new page, you’ve probably encountered JavaScript.

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Securing Your Church's Portable Devices

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Sep 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

 

This excerpt as taken from the ebook Computer Security for Your Church.

The mobile revolution has brought with it a number of new security threats.  Modern devices can carry infected files as easily as floppy disks could in ages past.  Additionally, the threat of devices being lost, stolen or compromised themselves leave a number of concerns which need to be thought through.  While it’s beyond the scale of most church offices to be able to fully secure and administrate these things, there are nonetheless a few simple precautions which can make your data more secure.

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Redesigning Your Church Website Part 5 – Understanding CSS

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Aug 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In the bad old days of the web, users had to specify the formatting for every page and item on the page in the HTML tag.  This worked, but it led to a lot of repeated code, and it made changing your site’s look or design an absolute nightmare.  (In fairness, designing a site was a bit of a nightmare, so it evened out.)

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Redesigning Your Church Website – Part 4: Understanding Basic HTML

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Aug 1, 2017 3:15:00 PM

 

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Redesigning Your Church Website – Part 3:  Selecting a Platform

By Rev. Bill Johnson | May 30, 2017 9:15:00 AM


Now that you’ve decided on your message and audiences (if not, see part 2 in this series) it’s time to look at where you’re actually going to put the website once you’ve got it perfected.  There are quite a few options, so it’s easy to get lost.

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Redesigning Your Church Website – Part 2:  Defining Your Audiences

By Rev. Bill Johnson | May 23, 2017 10:00:00 AM

So you’ve decide to build a new church website, in spite of all the perfectly good reasons not to do so.  Before you rush off to buy a new copy of Frontpage and start working, there’s a few steps before we start actually building a site.  A little bit of time now will save you a ton of pain and suffering later. 

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Is Your Church's Technology Safe and Secure?

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

This expert was taken from the ebook Computer Security for Your Church.

When we think about the many ways our churches serve their members, we don’t often think about things like technology or data security.  In today’s growing digital world, though, a robust awareness of data security can be one of the most important ways to safeguard the privacy of your users and their families.  Just as we wouldn’t broadcast information given to us in confidence in day to day conversation, so too in the digital world we need to ensure that the information our members and visitors entrust us with is kept safe and secure from those who would use it to cause harm.

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Redesigning Your Church Website – Part 1:  Do You Really Need a Redesign?

By Rev. Bill Johnson | May 2, 2017 12:15:00 PM

So you’re thinking of doing a complete redesign of your church website.  The theme is dated, the info is out of date, and those 4000kb background images were never good ideas.  That’s right.  It’s time to burn the whole thing down and start over from scratch.

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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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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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