Shhh, the baby is sleeping

Both Jordan and I have younger kids. In fact, recently, Jordan had a new baby. Chances are you are familiar with kids, nieces / nephews, little siblings and you know that when babies are sleeping, there’s the illusion that everything is quiet and calm. Actually, sleeping babies are constantly growing, developing, and ‘recharging their batteries’…

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How to fix and prevent church website hackings

When you hear the sentence, “The woodcutter hacked down the tree”, what image comes to your mind? Most likely, NOT a swift, clean cut. More like a series of heavy, rough blows that basically make a mess of the job. So, if someone hacked into your church’s website, you can imagine the damage they are…

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Using Fallback Images for a Visually Stunning Website

Recently, I was invited to speak at a Regional Ministers Conference about how churches can communicate better. It was a great time – and the main takeaway I left them with was to always remember who they are communicating with – and to remove any barriers they could to that message getting across. It’s essential…

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Church tongue twisters fail for Gen Z (and how to fix this)

“Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue” (1 Corinthians 14:19 ESV) If you didn’t get every word in the title, that’s ok. Languages evolve, and we need to keep current. When we don’t, it’s as if we’re ‘speaking…

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Step 0: What to Expect from a Church Communications Audit

If you are a pastor or church communication leader today, you know the challenges of communicating both with the members of your congregation and with your digital mission field. The communications field is developing and changing rapidly as more and more people adapt to the wide variety of digital, social and mobile, communications tools. It…

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Church Online: The People, the Process and the Tech

We have been examining one of the biggest developments in church technology today: how to bring your church online. This is our third post in this series, following Jay Kranda‘s helpful videos regarding this issue as the basis. His analysis of church online really dovetails with my own experiences in helping churches develop online ministries.…

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Turtle or Bunny: How Churches can Properly Plan for Easter

With Easter quickly approaching, church leaders who plan for a long-term approach to retaining visitors as regular church members will find the most church growth during this season. In a way, the proper approach is much like the story of The Tortoise and the Hare. Deliberate planning can yield a result that extends far beyond…

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5 ways to supercharge your church events online

We are spending a lot of time considering and discussing how to make websites as effective as possible for churches. One of the things we have been contemplating a lot recently has been how to best profile upcoming events on the website. If you currently post your events online, you should keep reading.

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Dot Church: Just Fancy Shmancy?

In a world that’s filled with .coms and .orgs, a new option has opened up for all kinds of organizations and businesses, and churches are no exception. There are a lot of great reasons for churches to grab their .church domain name, and a lot of churches are actually seeing some really great success (since…

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