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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.

4 Best Social Media Management Tools for Churches

By Hannah Osborne | Oct 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

If you’ve spent time on Instagram, you probably know that almost every day of the week has a hashtag to accompany it. For example, there’s #ThrowbackThursday (endless baby pictures), #FlashbackFriday (last weekend’s lake pictures), and #SundayFunday (mimosas and bloody marys).

If these are foreign concepts to you, count yourself lucky!

Basically, there’s an unofficial schedule to indicate what pictures to post when, and most people follow it; they’ll save their baby picture for Thursday rather than posting it on Monday.

The concept of scheduling social media posts is not inherently a bad one, and it does apply to your church (although hopefully you’re not posting too many embarrasing baby pictures of your pastor).You should have a general schedule for posting that you stick to throughout the week.

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Church Font Formula—Why Comic Sans Is a Bad Choice

By Hannah Osborne | Sep 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

I hate Comic Sans.

Truly. I do. And just about everyone in the world agrees with me!

“But Comic Sans is fun!” you protest.

I’m going to stop you right there.

Its curved sides and round handwriting script were originally designed to resemble comic book text (hence the name), and I’m even hesitant to allow it to be used in comic books because it simply isn’t the best out there.

You can like Comic Sans and use it for your family Christmas card, but it really has no place on your church website or any documents you produce professionally.

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Why Pastors Should Blog (Free Webinar!)

By Amanda Lansche | Sep 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Why do I need a blog? Good question!

Some people use blogs as online journals, while others post on topics like fashion or technology. As simply a place to write and share, blogs have almost limitless applications! For pastors, they are a great ministry outreach tool.

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6 Tips to Optimize Your Church Website's URL

By Peter Frank | Sep 14, 2015 9:00:00 AM

When I’m traveling and need to find the nearest Cracker Barrel, I go to crackerbarrel.com because I know that’s their website. When I need to search for something, I often go to google.com, even though I know I can just type my query in the URL bar. I instinctively associate a company or organization’s URL with its brand.

As you consider your church website’s URL, remember that it’s an extension of your "brand." We recently changed  Concordia Technology Solutions’ URL from cts.cph.org to concordiatechnology.org because it more clearly stated our brand (there were also some SEO benefits, more on that in another blog post soon!).

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How to Provide Relevant Content on Your Church Website

By Peter Frank | Aug 31, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Have you ever felt like your church kills an entire forest printing its weekly bulletins? Liturgy, songs, entire Bible passages, announcements, and all of the prayer requests are added, until the bulletin begins to resemble a beginner’s chapter book.

Using a content management system (CMS) can help condense your bulletin or just expand and update your website. A CMS allows you to distribute frequently updated information, and it makes sure people actually see it. Your visitors can subscribe to this content, which means they will receive instant email notifications when you post new information.

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Design a Cleaner, Simpler Church Website in 15 Minutes

By Amanda Lansche | Aug 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Whenever my parents are expecting visitors, my mom cleans. She cleans the bathroom, the living room, the kitchen, and, when I was a kid, she even asked me to clean my room! My response? “But mooooooom, the guests aren’t going eat dinner in my room!” Mature, I know.

Now that I'm an adult, I get it. I like my house clean too. And, just like your house (or your church), your website should be clean and uncluttered. Luckily, this kind of cleaning doesn’t require Clorox or rubber gloves—just a few quick tips. You can simplify your website in no time!

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Making Their First Visit to Your Church Less Awkward

By Peter Frank | Aug 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Awkward situations are... well... awkward. Nobody likes these moments, whether it's watching someone show up late or hearing a person call someone else by the wrong name. These situations become even more awkward when you're directly involved and become almost unbearable when you're experiencing them alone.

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5 Ways to Engage Members with Your Website

By Hannah Osborne | Jul 23, 2015 5:15:25 PM

Today, we hosted a webinar on engaging members with your church website. In thirty minutes, Peter Frank, manager of Concordia Technology Services, taught nearly 90 attendees how to make their website more than just an online bulletin board. He offered tips on how to use your website to encourage interaction, update calendars, post timely content, and send mass emails—all from your church website!
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