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Reason for Hope

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? 

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Building Relationships with Technology

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.

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Special Deals for Churches

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?

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Beyond Pen Pals

How do you connect with church family members? With the missionaries you support? With other partners in faith? We have Skyped with our missionaries several times. They also blog so we can keep up with their doings. Many churches use Twitter, stream their services, post online videos, and more. It makes me wonder, what's next? 

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Theology & Technology

As Reformed Christians we have a Reformed "world and life view."  We believe that God is sovereign over all the world and our whole life. It follows, then, that he is sovereign over technology, too. What does that mean in terms of how our churches use technology?

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Ideas for a Church Communications Survey

For a master's in communications I am pursuing here in Grand Rapids at GVSU, I'm doing a study of my church's communications: Facebook, website, bulletin announcements, prayer chains, etc. I'd like to do a survey of the church members, asking them about comm preferences, tools they use, that sort of thing.

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The Web, Mopeds & Justice

What do the web, mopeds and justice have to do with each other? They’re all connected in a “Moped Justice Mission.” Jonathan and Brady are on a mission -- and they’re using the web to help spread their message.

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Say Thanks

Have you ever seen (or maybe performed) “the sound guy neck crane”? You know...when the sound goes wacko in a church service and everyone starts turning around to look at the person running the sound? Poor guy. Working in technology can be a thankless job.

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Creative Commons - Images

Most likely your church is using images in many ministry areas—on your website, bulletins, Power Point slides, posters, etc. Creative Commons licenses were made for the way most people use the web. Many times people are willing to share their images, as long as they get credit.

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Getting the Word Out

That’s “word” with a small w, although it may also be “Word.” I’m talking about ways that the church shares their news -- especially events to which they are inviting their community. What technology, if any, works well for getting the word out?

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Easiest Prayer Chain Ever

Several years ago, I started an electronic prayer chain for our church using Google groups. All anyone needs is an email address—no more technical skill is necessary than the ability to read their own email. It’s been the easiest thing ever to create and maintain.

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The Do Good Imperative

It is common now for churches to use technology to connect within their community -- using Skype to visit with missionaries, social networks to encourage each other, electronic prayer groups, and so on. How does, or can, the church go even further with technology, and use it to do more than connect with each other?

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(Church) Family Photos

What would you save if your house was on fire? Many people answer, “My family photos.” Family photos are precious. Our church is a family, too, and it is good to figure out the best way to store our church family photos.

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What's a good internet-based method for church backups?

I missed World Backup Day by a bit, but it's always a good day to talk about backups. I'm looking to setup backups for two very different churches: one is a traditional, small town church and the other is a very budget-conscience inner city church. Any backup solution needs to be drop-dead simple, both for the end users and the admin. Clearly free or cheap is also a must for the inner city church. I'm still wading through options like Mozy, Crashplan, Dropbox, etc. I was wondering if anyone else had practical experience with putting an internet-based solution (as opposed to tape backups) into...
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