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Honouring the Image of God Through Word Choices

After PM Trudeau's "failed joke" involving inclusive language, how do we as Christians use words that acknowledge the image of God?

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What Is Your Assimilation Process?

In the latest article, we talk about ideas for how to follow-up with visitors once you get their information. How do you follow-up with guests?

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What Are Your Church's Social Media Guidelines?

Social media is used every day, both in and out of the church. What types of guidelines do you have for your church's social presence?

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Does Your Church Instagram?

A huge appeal of Instagram is that it is visual, allowing stories to be told in a way that simply could not be done by text alone. Is your church currently using, or considering using, Instagram?

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The Church Directory: A Thing of the Past?

I know the church directory is intended to be a resource for members to be able to contact each other. Yet I wonder, is it being used? 

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Sermon Podcasts: Good or Bad?

If podcasts can help reach a bigger audience with the love of Jesus then let’s do it! Right?

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Facebook Changes & Your Church - Free Webinar Feb. 27

Managing your church's Facebook page can be frustrating. Just when you think you have it figured out, something changes. It's getting increasingly difficult to reach your fans if you're not in tune with how Facebook works. This webinar will take a look at recent changes and share some best practices for getting the most out of Facebook. Plus it's your chance to ask questions you have about using Facebook for your church. The webinar will be presented by Jerod Clark, Project Leader for Church Juice , a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church that helps train and consult with churches on how...
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Need Volunteer for Church Web Site

We do not have a church web site and we need help to get a church web site started for Community CRC. We do have an account and name with a host/server for our new wweb site. If anyone is able to volunteer and help us develop a web site for our church-please contact Pastor jim at fwcrc@hotmail.com
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Permission for photo use on a church web site

There must be a simple answer, but I would like to know the ins and outs of using pictures of people on our church's web site. Do people give implicit permission by attending church events? Clearly we can ask permission from a few where individuals are highlighted, but what about group shots that could include dozens? What about a really great picture of child taken five years ago? And what if that family has since left the church, but I think the picture still captures a great moment in the life of the church? Does anyone publish first and then wait for protest? That seems to be the facebook...
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Faith Street: A way to connect people to your church

I'm a CRC planter in Manhattan, NY. I just wanted to pass along a recommendation for a website that we've found very useful here in NYC that is now going national. Its called Faith Street (faithstreet.com). I'd encourage you to explore the site and see if it might work well for your context. In short, it helps people find your church. Churches create profiles and people who are new to the city or new to faith begin their search at Faith Street. Recently, they've even started matching people up with some of their preferences (e.g. I get a lot of people who are looking for a Reformed/...
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Video Record 101

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 you produce a video from a church service. Well first of all, unless your church is blessed with a plethora of geeks you better keep it simple. Second, unless your church is hosting bingo on Friday nights your budget will most likely be tight. So with a tight budget, not a lot of video techs hanging around looking to spend hours...
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Churches can't get non-profit Google Apps anymore?

What the heck? Google now specifically denies churches (and synagogues, ministries, etc) from getting the non-profit version of Google Apps? Here's a forum post about it and here's the new guidlines . Does anyone know when this changed? I'm wondering what will happen to those of us whose churches already had a non-profit version approved in the past. I suppose the business version of Google Apps is still pretty inexpensive for a typical church . But this just feels like a bit of a slap in the face to religious organizations. Anyone with more info and/or other pespectives on this?
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ideas for a church communications survey

For a master's in communications I am pursuing here in Grand Rapids at Grand Valley State University, I am doing a study of my church's communications: Facebook, website, bulletin announcements, prayer chains, etc. I would like to do a survey of the church members, asking them about comm preferences, tools they use, that sort of thing. Does anyone know of any such surveys that I could use as a starting point vs starting from scratch? What about any such studies that might have been published? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. Phil de Haan, First CRC, Grand Rapids
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Church Social Media Training

Hello all, I've been starting up a new project called CRCshare.com and it's basically a training course that teaches churches how to utilize social media websites like Facebook & Twitter as well as blogs and the church website, in the most effective manner. We've got a training class happening in Massachusetts at Pleasant Street CRC. Consider yourself invited. Also, if you would like to host a training class, I'd be more than willing to come to your community to teach the class. I've been a web marketing guy for years in the corporate world, won a bunch of awards, also I've been a worship...
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Library Ministry

For those working with their home church website Do you have your church library hooked up with your website? Do you have a discusion forum about library materials? If you do these things could you share with me. I am head of the Church Library as a Ministry Group and would like to know how you have done this. Jo Vandermey Providence CRC Beamsville Ont
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CRC Internet One Year Bible Journey

The One Year Bible journey in 2011! Should CRC start an Internet Bible study journey similar to The One Year Bible Journey http://www.oneyearbibleblog.com/2011/01/january-21st-one-year-bible-readings.html This blog has currently over 12,300 people in 73 countries around the world signed up for their free weekly email filled with commentary, encouragement, and questions for reflection.
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Thankyou

I would like to give a very much appreciated Thanks to whom ever is responsable for the change in the Captha thingy. That was very difficult at times to read when my vision varies daily. Thanks Guys Ken
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Captcha

Hi fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, I hope this doesn't sound narcisstic, but the captcha is a frustrating impedment to those of us with issue's of vision and brain dysfuction. Just writing that last statement requied about seven correction on my part. Maybe we could check out different types of captcha. Do they possibly have a type that is designed for my demographic which is challanged? Thanks for understanding, I don't want to cause fiancial hardship for church as a whole for just a limited number of people. God bless you all
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www.TakeThemAMeal.com

I just became aware of the site www.TakeThemAMeal.com which is a "free online tool for coordinating the delivery of meals to someone in need". Has anyone used this site? It seems like it could be a real time-saver compared to doing it all by phone.
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Does your church have an active Facebook page?

I'm interested in following a few active (at least 2-3 posts/week) church Facebook pages. Is your church on Facebook? Please post a link so I can check out the page. Thanks!
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Member Only Section

I'm wondering what other churches post on a "members only" section of their church website. Online directory? Prayer updates? Bulletin? Newsletter? Any other suggestions?
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Wiggio for Ministry Groups?

I just heard about Wiggio ( http://wiggio.com/ ), a program that allows you to connect with groups in a number of ways. It sounds helpful for ministry teams. Youth Leaders or Sunday School coordinators could use it to send text messages to teachers/leaders, poll them about possible dates for upcoming events, etc. Here's their intro video: [video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jcsXTu93CU] Has anyone out there used it? What feedback can you offer? I've used Google groups in a similar way, but it doesn't have the text messages or voice messages feature. But Wiggio is free, so I wonder if it's...
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Your (Facebook) Friends on CRCNA.org

Yesterday we added the Facebook widget as a slide on the CRCNA home page. It still throws me for a loop when I see my friends on CRCNA.org (when I'm logged into Facebook, that is). But it's certainly attention-getting - and that was the point. Most of the work was in getting the design integrated. We decided to embed it into one of our feature slides. That way it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb....as much. This is just one of several widgets that Facebook offers. What do you think of this on CRCNA.org, and which of the Facebook widgets have you used?
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Social Networking & Church Life

I've been thinking a lot about utilizing social networking in ministry and church life. Things are at the point where virtually everyone is connected to some social network (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc). Are we adapting our communication to fit the trends? Businesses of all shapes and sizes are using these outlets effectively for connecting with their customers, why couldn't the church do the same to create buzz for what it's doing among it's members and community. I know a number of churches have already tapped into this, but I'm curious: what are Network members doing with social...
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Usage in the Cloud

There are many functions and workflows that traditionally done by hand were teadious or cumbersome. There are many ways that these are easier and more efficient online or in the 'cloud'. How has your church benefited from transitioning a function into the 'cloud'?
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