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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.

5 Google Tools You Should Be Using on Your Church Website

By Peter Frank | Jan 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Websites have a rather interesting history. At first, they were difficult to create and required a certain understanding of HTML. Then tools were introduced that made it easy to create websites. Then everyone had a website, which made it hard to get traffic. Then social media came along and made it seem like no one needed a website anymore.

That’s a rather over-simplified history of the internet, but the reality is that it’s never been easy to build a website and gain traffic, and today is no different. One interesting thing about today’s internet is that Google is its king. Over 63% of internet searches start with Google, an overwhelming majority in a previously competitive market. That means that while your church website is competing to gain traffic, it’s really only competing in one arena.

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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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Church Website Photos—Stock or Original?

By Hannah Osborne | Nov 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

One of my favorite things on the Internet is horrible stock photos (seriously, just Google “weirdest stock photos.”). Why would anyone ever need a picture of someone wearing space glasses holding an ear of corn? The Internet is a strange and mysterious place.

When you’re picking pictures for your church website, you can either use royalty-free stock photos or images that are of your congregation. There are benefits to both options, so it’s important to weigh your options and choose an option that fits your church website’s needs.

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6 Ways to Prepare Your Church for Advent

By Katy Munson | Oct 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

I have to confess. For a church season that is focused on anticipation and preparation, I don’t have the best track record when it comes to anticipating or preparing for Advent (and Christmas) communication efforts in the months leading up to it. This often results in a bunch of hurrying and scurrying in a time set aside to for reflection, repentance, and preparation to celebrate Jesus’ first coming and wait expectantly for his return. 

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5 Options for Building Forms on Your Website

By Seth Hinz | Sep 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Whether it’s an event registration, contact information update, photo contest entry, guest feedback, or prayer request, you’ll make your life a lot easier if you deploy a form to collect information.

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Topics: Website Forms

6 Ideas for Bringing Your Sermon Home

By Rev. Daniel Ross | Sep 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Every pastor has thought about it: How do I take the sermon from just Sunday morning to my people during their weeks? Fortunately, with today’s technology it is easier than ever before with a myriad of ways. Many of these ways are low cost to absolutely free. Now, there are as many ways as there are imaginations, and some of those ways are even practical. All these methods will involve intentionality (that means time – whether a little or a lot) to implement consistently, effectively, and successfully. 

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6 Uses of Google Calendars for Churches

By Katy Munson | Jul 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I began to see a sight that brings joy to some and dread to others: back-to-school supplies. I tend more toward the joy end of that spectrum and have always appreciated the simple beauty of a new planner waiting to be filled with the day-to-day adventures of life. And that’s about where the simplicity ends. Soon I’m wondering if I should use a pen or pencil to write things in, how to manage task lists, along with calendar events and specific meeting times, and how to share what’s going on with my coworkers. Enter Google Calendar.

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Beginner's Guide to Creating a Blog

By Amanda Lansche | Jun 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Blogging has become a legitimate profession. There are blogging conferences, blogging communities, and endless blogging platform options.

I follow bloggers who make $5,000+ from one Instagram picture. Some feature products on their blogs and receive compensation from big-name brands. Kind of sounds like a dream job, right? People send you free stuff, you say a few nice things about it online, and you get lots of money. That’s my dream, at least.

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jQuery for Interactive Websites

By Rev. Bill Johnson | May 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

For many web developers who are moving beyond the basic link and page behavior, the next step is to learn JavaScript, a powerful programming language that runs in your user’s browser to enable your website to change its behavior in response to the user. (While some newer frameworks are making use of server side JavaScript, today’s focus will be on the more traditional client side usage.) 

While JavaScript in its original form is pretty powerful, there are some common frameworks that you can add to get yourself up and running with very minimal programming experience. One of the most common of these is jQuery.

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