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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.

Top 7 Features of Canva’s iOS App

By Amanda Lansche | Aug 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Canva brings high-quality graphic design within reach for anyone. Their on-trend designs, beautiful stock photos, and easy-to-use interface have made the web application very popular, especially among business professionals. Their iPad app has seen solid success since it came out in 2014. In July, Canva finally released a mobile app for the iPhone!

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Pokémon GO Opens New Doors for Ministry

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Aug 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

You might have recently noticed a new phenomenon happening in your city, and particularly around your church. Groups of youth and young adults (and a few older adults) roaming in packs throughout the city, staring intently at their cell phones. They’re searching for something, and they won’t rest until they’ve collected them all.  Pokémon GO has arrived.

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How to Use Your Smartphone as a Resource for Family Devotions

By Katy Munson | Aug 11, 2016 11:30:00 AM

A regular devotion time gives fam ilies intentional opportunity to grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus. It also helps to foster ongoing conv ersation in all areas of life, just as we’re instructed to do in Deuteronomy 6:  

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes” (v. 4­-8). 

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Hands-on with the HTC Vive

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Jul 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A few months ago, I detailed the different virtual reality headsets coming to the market in 2016.  Thanks to a timely birthday/Father’s Day combo (thanks, kids!), I was able to get my hands on an HTC Vive kit to do my own hands-on testing. What I’ve found makes me more certain than ever that VR is a game changer going forward in a number of different areas.

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How to Avoid Being Labeled As Spam

By Ann Ciaccio | Jul 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

You're someone who needs to communicate with a large list of church members, volunteers or church workers. Yet, there are systems in place that track and monitor your emails to stop what appear to be spammers. To put it simply, spammers send unsolicited, undesired email know as spam. Spam is the email version of junk mail.

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How to Livestream Worship

By Hannah Osborne | Jun 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

I know livestreaming a worship service sounds scary, but don’t run away. With fancy words like “streaming” and “video casting,” tackling livestream worship seems like it’s not worth the time or the effort. Before you brush this off as a passing fad, discover what benefits livestreaming worship could have for your church.

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4 Great Presentation Software Options for Churches (Part 2)

By Rev. Daniel Ross | May 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM

If you have not read part one of this two-part series, please read that first. In it I covered some of the basics of Keynote and PowerPoint.

Choosing the right presentation software for your church can be overwhelming. Hopefully, this article will help guide you through the process. The great news is that there are a lot of software options on the market. The flip side is that there are a lot of software options on the market.

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How to Use Google Docs in Your Church Office

By Hannah Osborne | Apr 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Ah, Google Docs—arguably the greatest innovation for workflow and class projects. Gone are the days where drafts were sent back and forth via email, downloaded over and over again, until, finally, the document was completed. No, these rudimentary methods are no longer needed, thanks to Google Docs.

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The Rise of Consumer Virtual Reality

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Apr 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

2016 is a landmark year for gaming. There’s the usual array of big titles being released, including a few long awaited sequels, as well as some interesting new IPs. But this year it’s not about the games, it’s about the hardware. 

After decades of missteps (I’m looking at you, Virtual Boy) and empty promises, we’re finally seeing the first fully realized virtual reality systems being released for consumer use.  While I haven’t been able to try them all myself (I’m pushing for a bigger R&D budget, though!), I’ve looked over the specs and there’s a lot to be excited about.  There are also some pitfalls we would do well to examine.

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4 Great Presentation Software Options for Churches (Part 1)

By Rev. Daniel Ross | Apr 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Ok, so you have decided that you are going to start using screens in church. You had the conversation on where best to place them, projectors verse large screen TVs, etc. Now, all you have to decide on is what presentation software you want to use.

Here is the great news: there are lots and lots of options! Here is the bad news: there are lots and lots of options!

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