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Think Before You Post

July 10, 2014 8:00 AM

Prior to the Internet, churches that violated the copyright law usually did so in relative obscurity, with few being aware of the violation other than members of the congregation. The Internet has effectively eliminated this obscurity by broadcasting copyright...

Church Mobile Apps and Websites

September 26, 2013 8:00 AM

The authors of Mobile Persuasion warn that "developing a mobile 'experience' is fundamentally different from a web experience. The experience is not only 'smaller,' but should also be 'smarter.' They go on to conclude that "being mobile is much...

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...

Five Online Giving Lessons for Churches

May 1, 2012 8:00 AM

A report issued in February by a major provider of fundraising technology and consulting services offers some helpful insights for church leaders as it relates to online giving. In short: Use of online giving continued to grow in 2011,...

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...

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...

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...

10 Questions to Ask About Your Church’s Communications

November 5, 2009 10:23 AM

Editor’s Note: Scott Vaughn, a church communications consultant, recently posed these questions in a discussion forum for church administrators. Vaughn, whose firm helps churches and faith organizations, is quoted extensively in “Bringing Joy to the World: A communications strategy...