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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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The Importance of Good Writing

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.

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Facebook Timeline Is For Visitors

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.

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Equipping Members to Share Your Church This Easter

As Easter is quickly approaching, it’s time to make sure you’re equipping your members with ways to share your church.

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Google Apps Free For Churches (Again)

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.

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Facebook Timeline for Churches

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.

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New Guide for Church & Web

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?   

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'Til We Meet Again

“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.

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The Network — Connect With Others About Ministry

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.

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Texting — A Churchly Activity

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.

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The Web is Your Church's New Front Door

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.

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The Web is Your Church's New Front Door

This webinar was recorded on January 25, 2012 and then a repeat session was held on February 1.

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The Web is Your Church's New Front Door

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.

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Craigslist — It's For Churches, Too

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.

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Top 10 in the Church & Web Network

Below is a list of the articles or blogs that I consider some of our “Church and Web” top entries.

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Going to the Show

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?

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Technology That Redeems Downtime

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."

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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

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.”

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