Church Juice, a project of Back to God Ministries, is giving away two $2,000 grants to churches that have great vision for effectively using communications tools to reach their congregations and surrounding communities. We know communications can be the thankless job in a church. So we want to stand up and say “You’re doing an awesome job! Now, here’s some cash for your next great idea.”
Pictures tell stories in a way words alone cannot. Pictures on websites are important and I think they’ll become even more predominant in the future. As I paged through websites, there were a few things I noticed about the images churches decide to use. And there are a few common themes...
How do we set up an electronic calendar that reminds us of significant dates in the lives of widows/widowers?
Internet hackers are finding church websites to be easy targets for installing viruses and malware. In fact, church websites have unseated pornographic sites as one of the riskiest places for the safety of your computer. Web users are three times more likely to encounter malware on a church website than an adult site.
Creating website wireframes is the step we skip far too often when designing a new website. It’s easy to get excited about picking colors, style and a fancy new look, but it can be hard to get passionate about a bunch of empty black and white boxes on a sheet of paper. But wireframing may be the most important step ...
Churches are increasingly investing more time into social media. It can be a great way to connect with members, regular attenders and new folks in a place where people are already hanging out. Whether you’re just getting started in social media or have been at it for awhile, here are three tips for avoiding a few common mistakes.
For many, spring is a time of motivation. The changing of the seasons get people excited to do new things or clean up old stuff. So why not give a little seasonal makeover to your church’s website? Here are three things you could do to spruce up your website to make it more effective.
For those of us involved in working on web stuff for our churches, I think we often times forget about the importance of good writing. Yet without solid writing, lots of the other work you do becomes less effective.
In the church world, there are lots of things we do for the sake of communicating with first-time visitors. We add snazzy “I’m New Here” buttons to our website. We create slick brochures as part of a welcome packet. Now there’s one more thing to add to the list: Facebook Timeline.
As Easter is quickly approaching, it’s time to make sure you’re equipping your members with ways to share your church.
Google has lifted the ban on churches meaning you can now connect your church to great tools Google has to offer. Here are some reasons why you might consider moving your church to Google.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our church has used craigslist for projector light bulbs and sound equipment. Craigslist goes beyond the garage sale concept. It is also a way to find workers or services, or to look for work. It’s really almost unlimited what you can find on craigslist.
Below is a list of the articles or blogs that I consider some of our “Church and Web” top entries.
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.”