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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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#helphimjesus

Two weeks ago I was privileged to sit in on a consultation on preaching hosted by my colleagues. One theme we circled back to often had to with the use of social media in the preaching event. Many of us who were at the consultation had been pastors of congregations in the past and we admitted to each other that it's an odd thought to ponder someone in a pew Tweeting about a sermon even as we are delivering it...

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Facebook Graph Search

Last week, Facebook gave a preview of its new search feature that looks for answers by exploring your Facebook experience as well as what your friends have shared. While Google searches the entire web, Facebook Graph Search gives you results based solely on your Facebook social life. It’s personalizing search.

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What is a good online tool to use for our annual time & talent questionnaire?

Our church has recently begun using online sign ups via email for various needs. www.signupgenius.com We have had great success with this. We are realizing that people are willing to commit to things when then have a calendar in front of them at home. We are in the process of gathing our information for our annual time and talent questionnaire We believe that we will get more responses if we make this time & talent survey available online for people to fill out. I've heard of www.surveymonkey.com , but I'm not sure if this is the right thing for us. Has anyone used this type of thing...
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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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Personal Preferences

We may be doing everything right in terms of good communication, great Sunday worship and connecting people with the community, yet personal preference may keep someone from making a first (or return) visit to your church. It’s the classic relationship line, “It’s not you, it’s me.” So if we know that people’s preferences play a role in determining where they go to church, there are a few things I think we should always keep in mind ...

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3 Things Churches Underestimate About the Web

Building and maintaining good, useable websites are a struggle for churches of all sizes. Large and small alike have websites that don’t accurately represent who they are and don’t help people better connect with their church. There are many reasons why websites don’t reach their potential, but here are three things I think churches commonly underestimate about the web.

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The Current Status of Facebook

Managing a Facebook page has become a frustratingly depressing task for many. But like many things we do, managing a Facebook page isn’t easy.  You have to look at how all the features of Facebook work together and also understand the realities of how Facebook fits into your overall communication strategy. 

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Responsive Web Design

Are you familiar with the concept of responsive web design? If not, then it may be time to learn a little bit about it. Responsive web design is a new way of building websites that eliminates the need to think about a separate mobile version of your website for each of a variety of platforms.  Instead, you spend time designing one site that works on any platform: desktops, tablets or smartphones.

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The Art of Web Design

There's a great PBS short video that explored the art of web design.  It’s not only a brief look at the history of where the web’s been, but also a guide to what’s happening now.  As I watched, nine greats points emerged that I think are useful for both web design veterans and newbies.

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Good Websites Remove Barriers

We often talk about the importance of a website acting as your church’s front door.  It’s a way to make a good first impression about who you are and what you believe.  Yet often times our websites are full of barriers that keep people from fully being a part of our congregations.

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Digital Security is Your Responsibility

Don't rely on your websites to protect your information – that's your responsibility. Your accounts are all linked because they belong to you and use your personal information, and that can make you vulnerable to a chain reaction. But never fear: there are some little things you can do to make a big difference in your security.

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Syncing Social Media Accounts

It’s tempting to link all of your social media accounts together. If you post something to Facebook, it’s simple to have it automatically feed to Twitter.  While linking accounts may feel like a way to simplify your work flow, I would argue it’s weakening the community and impact of your social media accounts.

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Choosing A Facebook Cover Photo

One of the biggest changes Facebook has made in recent memory is the switch to Timeline.  With that came the ability to upload a cover photo that displays across the top of your Facebook Page.  This large, central picture is sure to make a strong first impression to your Facebook friends.  Yet, some churches aren’t utilizing that space the best they can.

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Church Website Statistics

Hopefully we realize church websites have a growing role in leading visitors to our church while also helping our congregations better connect with their church community.  Some new statistics on church websites show how people are using them and what they expect to find.

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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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The Juicys

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.” 

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Moving Beyond Pictures Of Empty Buildings

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...

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How do we set up an electronic calendar that reminds us of significant dates in the lives of widows/widowers?

We would like to schedule visits to coincide with a widow's or widower's wedding anniversary or anniversary of the date of their spouse's death. We would like to enter the data into a calendar once and then have the calendar update itself every year. Further, we would like to have the ability to mark the calendar after visits are completed--both when and by whom. Our church records are on ACS. Unless we are missing something, we cannot use our current software according to the above preferences. Sincerely, Bryce Mensink, Associate Pastor Palos Heights, IL Christian Reformed Church
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Making Your Church Website Safer

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.

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The Importance of Website Wireframes

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 ...

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3 Quick Social Media Tips

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.

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3 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Church Website

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.

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