It was rumored for some time, but now it’s a reality. Facebook has launched the Timeline feature for brand pages. That includes your church’s page. Here are some tips to help you get started.
My name's Jerod Clark and I'm the new guide for the Church and Web network. There’s something I know to be true: everything communicates something. So why not be intentional about what you’re saying?
“How time do fly,” my dad sometimes jokes. It’s been a year since I started as the guide for The Network’s Church & Web section, and I will be saying so long, until we meet again -- which I’m sure we will, right here in The Network.
This webinar was recorded on: Wed, 02/08/2012 In this webinar we'll take a tour of the site and look at examples of the connections being made. Plus we'll uncover tricks to getting the most out of the site, and ways to quickly tap into the collective knowledge and experience of fellow church members across the CRC.
Do any of you use texting in your church? I think it’s a promising idea. Some churches encourage texting during church services, some use it for sending news, encouragement, prayer requests, whatever information they wish to share.
ChurchJuice has an article with notes from a webinar by...
This webinar was recorded on: Wed, 02/01/2012 This webinar is a repeat of the January 25, 2012 webinar of the same name. Learn about web strategies: from planning and designing to content creation and updating. We'll talk about making your website visitor friendly as well as useful for members.
This webinar was recorded on January 25, 2012 and then a repeat session was held on February 1.
This webinar was recorded on: Wed, 01/25/2012 What does your church website say about you? Learn about web strategies: from planning and designing to content creation and updating. We'll talk about making your website visitor friendly as well as useful for members.
In this time of New Year’s resolutions, I, like many others, decided I should get more exercise. I had been thinking for a while that I would like to purchase an elliptical machine. So where do I go to find one? Craigslist, of course!
Most of you are probably familiar with craigslist, but...
Happy new year! Top 10 lists are all over the place right now. I figured, why not join in? Below is a list of the articles or blogs that I consider some of our “Church and Web” top entries.
1. Thoughtful Use and Non-Use of Technology
The other 9 entries on my list are more “techie”...
When her parents are getting her ready for church, my little 3-year-old granddaughter asks, “Are we going to the show?” That’s what she calls church -- “the show.” At her church, the service is shown via streaming video to the nursery where she goes each Sunday. Makes me wonder, how will “doing church” be different for future generations?
Today I'd like to direct you to an article from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship called "Technology that Redeems Downtime." The article gives examples of the ways you and your church can use technology to "support a lifestyle of worship."
An article by Joyce Suh reminds us that being “wired” presents a danger “of gradually cutting ourselves off from the blessing that comes with being face-to-face with another human being and from being face-to-face with God.” As we begin the Christmas season, it is good to remind ourselves of what is the most important in our lives, and to “turn our eyes upon Jesus.”
A few weeks back I wrote about technology as a devotional tool and received some excellent suggestions of devotions available online from several of you. How about blogs? Have you found some good ones that you find help you grow in faith?
What do you know about video? Well, if you’re Andrew Nutma, quite a bit. Andrew posted an entry in the forum called “Video Record 101.” You’ll learn about the low cost solution he found for video recording his church’s services. Has your church started video recording?
Video Recording Church Service 101
So you are sitting in church thinking, man I would love it if my friend could hear this message, or see this baptism, or wedding, or funeral etc. If you’re my wife you are thinking oh boy here he goes again.
The question is how would...
Ever wonder why using Facebook and/or Twitter for your church would be a good idea? Or what in the world would you write about if you set up a Facebook page? Or what if I start using Twitter and someone posts something negative about our church? There’s a webinar on The Network that will help...
I love technology. If you’re reading this blog, you may enjoy it, too. But, even though I appreciate the use of technology, I also appreciate it when people are thoughtful about its use -- or non-use. Opposite decisions about whether or not to use technology can both be "right."
We’ve talked a little in the past about back-up, but there’s another side to file storage - just plain storing files in order to share them with others.
Probably the most common reason to use an online storage service is the limitations of email. Emailing large files is not only bad...
Does your church use a wireless network? Many do, and it’s a useful tool for connecting staff members, giving web access to committee members as they meet, and so on. Many of us have it in our homes, too.
This article in the New York Times Technology section has some good tips on wi-fi...
Can technology be a tool to increase your devotion to God? Have you ever signed up for a thought or Bible verse a day? Did it help you spiritually? Have you ever developed or experienced a system using technology to increase your own or others’ devotion?
“What is the end goal of...design? Make sure you look good for God.” This is a quote from an article on art in the church that I recently read. How are you using technology at your church to “look good for God?” In reading about art and design, I was surprised to find many artists saying that...
Those of you who follow The Network may have seen the forum discussion led by Tim Postuma regarding Google’s decision to no longer give Google Apps free to religious organizations. It’s really too bad, isn’t it? Maybe the CRC Network can help to change their minds, what do you think?
Some things never change. Fostering relationships involves building trust, developing rapport, and sharing experiences. But some of the tools for accomplishing this have changed. This is especially true when using technology and the web to accomplish this with kids and young adults.
Who doesn't love a good deal? There's that shirt you found hidden on the clearance rack or the coupon you used at the restaurant for dinner. In the same way your church can get deals on technology services and software. Is your church taking full advantage of all the available discounts and freebies that it can?