All posts from “social media”

Does Your Youth Ministry Have a Communication Policy?

April 10, 2014 8:00 AM

With the "Youth Ministry in America" survey results as a starting point, we continue our roundtable discussion. This time around participants talked about concerns and policies related to how youth leaders communicate with their students. (If you missed last...

Social Media and Youth Ministry in the Post-Facebook Era

April 3, 2014 8:00 AM

Christianity Today's Church Law & Tax Group conducted a roundtable concerning the findings from our recent survey, "Youth Ministry in America," conducted with Brotherhood Mutual. The participants of the roundtable included pastors, volunteers, and other church-staff leaders. We'll break...

How Your Church Can Leverage Five Trends in Retail

July 11, 2013 8:00 AM

I am currently helping a large, nonprofit Christian retailer go through a visioning process. Recently, a retail consultant led a two-hour meeting I attended. These points are heavily adapted from that conversation with some additional thoughts on how they...

Seven Digital Tips in a "Post-Website World"

March 14, 2013 8:00 AM

David Bourgeois, a professor at Biola University, is author of the forthcoming book, Ministry in the Digital Age: Strategies and Best Practices for a Post-Website World. He recently presented a webinar with the Christian Leadership Alliance on several topics covered...

Cyber Risks at Church

July 31, 2012 8:00 AM

Church websites, Facebook pages, electronic fund transfers, online databases with sensitive information—churches using digital tools face new methods for operating, as well as new risks. And like all risks, the potential liabilities associated with technology use require a good...

8 Ways Churches Are Using Pinterest

June 4, 2012 8:00 AM

Imagine if you had access to the world’s largest bulletin board—a place where you could exchange ideas and images from around the globe. That’s one of the major benefits of the increasingly popular website, Pinterest. Unlike sites such as...

Little Guys Can Do Big Things

April 19, 2012 8:00 AM

I go to an Episcopal church. We have liturgy. Our pews aren’t padded. We don’t do PowerPoint. We don’t have a visitor’s welcome center. Our website? Kinda lame. Our communications budget? A single line item for a phone book ad,...

Social Media Background Checks

August 16, 2011 8:00 AM

Editor's note: Mike McCarty is an "Ask the Expert" on our sister site ChurchSafety.com and the founder and CEO of Safe Hiring Solutions, a professional provider of background checks for churches, nonprofits, and other organizations and individuals. Recently Mike...

The Pluses of Google+ for Church Leaders

July 18, 2011 10:58 AM

Google+ is the latest entry in the ocean of social media. As a church leader, you need to know the potential this has for your leadership and church. The interface has drawn a number of comparisons to Facebook, and while...

Get $1,000 for Your Church's Communications Campaign

July 18, 2011 8:00 AM

Our friends over at ChurchJuice.com are offering three $1,000 grants to churches planning--or already doing--unique, interesting, and effective communications work. The deadline to apply for "The Juicys" is August 5, 2011. As ChurchJuice.com puts it: We want to recognize and...

Social Media Agreements—A New Normal?

July 5, 2011 8:00 AM

The Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church has an interesting rule for the clergy in its member churches: We see something questionable on your social media pages, we retain the right to affect your ordination process. Not only...

Using Social Media During Disaster Relief

May 26, 2011 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: Relief efforts continue in Joplin, Missouri, following Sunday's horrific tornado, which killed at least 117 people and left extensive damage in its wake (the area remained on edge during the early parts of the week as predictions...

Report: More Older Americans Prefer Giving Online

May 13, 2011 9:41 AM

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has a brief but interesting article about new research on the demographics of online givers. In short: Most people, no matter what their age, now prefer to make charitable donations online, according to a new...

Free Tickets to Cultivate11

April 13, 2011 8:00 AM

Cultivate11, a two-day event geared toward helping church leaders think deeper about communications with staff, lay leaders, congregants, and the community, is just around the corner. It's scheduled for May 4 and May 5 in Huntington Beach, California. Want...

Can Social Media Get a Church Sued?

March 8, 2011 8:00 AM

Recent incidents involving alleged misuses of social media in both the public and private sectors have government officials and business executives scrambling to implement social media policies for employees. Church leaders should take the opportunity to do the same...

Easy Ways to Boost Church Website Traffic—Part 2

November 16, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Last Thursday, we introduced Part 1 of “Easy Ways to Boost Church Website Traffic,” with freelance business and technology journalist Joe Dysart offering us some ideas about ways churches can generate more traffic to their websites. We also...

Easy Ways to Boost Church Website Traffic—Part 1

November 11, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Joe Dysart, a freelance business and technology journalist in Manhattan, recently offered us some ideas about ways churches can generate more traffic to their websites. Outside of the standard answers—an updated, well-crafted site design, a presence on...

Should Churches Block Staff Access to Facebook?

November 2, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: Evan McBroom, a ministry communications consultant, recently shared a story with us about an event in which a church staff member who handles the office's information technology revealed he was required to block staff access to Facebook. Evan...

Is Porn a Problem in Your Church Office?

April 27, 2010 8:00 AM

An eye-opening national headline emerged last week, providing a timely sneak peek into our upcoming issue of Your Church magazine. The inspector general for the Securities and Exchange Commission--the organization tasked with enforcing the laws and regulations that govern...

The State of Social Media, Part 2

December 15, 2009 9:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Drew Goodmanson, co-founder and pastor of San Diego’s Kaleo Church and a church web consultant, conducted a research project earlier this year on the state of social media for churches. In Part 1, Drew explained the research...

The State of Social Media, Part I

December 8, 2009 9:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Drew Goodmanson, co-founder and pastor of San Diego’s Kaleo Church and a church web consultant, conducted a research project earlier this year on the state of social media for churches. In Part 1, Drew explains the research...