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Church And Technology.ca’s good reads, week 11 2014

Each week Church And Technology.ca shares some of the worthwhile reading we found on the web that you might be interested in.

Church And Technology.ca’s list of interesting articles from the last week:

How to Get a Better Video Image Out of Your Existing Cameras – Christian Media Magazine
While the camera budget talk about in this post may be more then you could ever fathom, ignore the amounts they’re talking about and pay attention to the key message. Lighting is more important then camera quality. If you’re looking at recording your service/sermon for posting to your website, or live streaming your service, worry less about the quality of the camera then about the amount of lighting.

Design Basics: 5 Things Designers Need to Teach Non-Designers – Church Marketing Sucks
Some good things to keep in mind for those of us that aren’t designers, but that work with things that need designed. My favourite tip: “there are dozens of things that need to happen before I ever turn to the computer in order for a project to be successful.” That is true in so many situations, but not necessarily easy to remember.

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: 2/25/14: WhatsApp, Messaging Platforms, Lent. – #ChSocM
Lots covered here including a look at using independent messaging platforms as well as conversation about Lenten social media fasts.

Announcement:
If you’d like to learn more about Church Social Media use, join me and other church social media professionals at one of the upcoming Going Digital for His Kingdom conferences. You’ll get to learn from some of the best minds out there on how to improve your ministry using Social Media.Going Digital for God's Kingdom

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Church And Technology.ca’s good reads, week 10 2014

Each week Church And Technology.ca shares some of the worthwhile reading we found on the web that you might be interested in.

Church And Technology.ca’s list of interesting articles from the last week:

Social Media: Improving My Everyday Life Every Day – Inge G. – LinkedIn Influencer
For those on the fence about church social media use, here’s a great post about how social media helps keep us connected and makes our lives better. It’s nothing mind shattering, but a good real life example.

How to Spend Only 10 Minutes Per Day on Twitter – Mashable
If you’re new to Twitter, you’ve got to start here. If you’ve been at Twitter for a while, this still has useful info, basically make sure you’re using lists and a program that makes using them easy. Also, auto-schedule things you can. Don’t auto-schedule everything, then you seem like a robot, but there’s lots you can use an auto-scheduler for, and reTweeting some of the interesting things you find each morning is one of them.

5 Reasons Why the Church Must Engage the World with Social Media – Christian Media Magazine
In case you needed a bit of a push into church social media, here are lots of reminders why it’s important to spread the Good News and why social media is a good way to do it. I especially like “We engage because the conversation happens with or without us”.


Announcement:

If you’d like to learn more about Church Social Media use, join me and other church social media professionals at one of the upcoming Going Digital for His Kingdom conferences. You’ll get to learn from some of the best minds out there on how to improve your ministry using Social Media.Going Digital for God's Kingdom

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Church And Technology.ca’s good reads, week 9 2014

Each week Church And Technology.ca shares some of the worthwhile reading we found on the web that you might be interested in.

Church And Technology.ca’s list of interesting articles from the last week:

Sports Illustrated, Blockbuster, and Your Church – Christian Media Magazine
Such a great analogy for how some congregations behave. The Good News is what we should be offering. How we offer that should change based on how people want to hear it. That doesn’t mean that the message changes, only how it’s presented. Most people don’t go to a store to rent a movie anymore, nor do they listen to folks who stand on street corners telling parables. What the best way to reach them now?

Facebook News Feed Changes (and What it Means for Pages) – AmyPorterfield.com
If you’re posting on Facebook, which you really should be, here’s a change worth paying attention to. It’s one more reason why it’s important to use your church website to share information initially, that way you have a link to point back to and thus can benefit from the larger image. Plus of course, you have full control over your content.

4 Reasons You Have to Respond on Social Media – Social Media Today
Once again an article about needing to be social on Social Media. This may be getting old, but it’s still so often not done. I know it’s not easy to do, which is why I disagree with the author about needing to be on every social channel. To me that’s what leads to the inability to respond. Start with one, do it well, then go from there.

Announcement:
If you’d like to learn more about Church Social Media use, join me and other church social media professionals at one of the upcoming Going Digital for His Kingdom conferences. You’ll get to learn from some of the best minds out there on how to improve your ministry using Social Media.Going Digital for God's Kingdom

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Church And Technology.ca’s good reads, week 7 2014

Each week Church And Technology.ca shares some of the worthwhile reading we found on the web that you might be interested in.

Church And Technology.ca’s list of interesting articles from the last week:

A Pastors Confession: I Use My Phone During Worship – The Lutheran
It’s not just “kids” or people who don’t pay attention who use phones during worship. For some people, it really can help them go deeper, or better connect with what’s going on. Take it from this Minister.

Create Brand Evangelists from the Inside – Social Media Today
“social media is being expanded beyond the social media specialist to every employee in a company.”
Social Media isn’t just about having a church account and telling people what’s going on, it’s about “social outreach” and everyone in your congregation can do it. And ideally they all should be as well. But to start with, once you’ve got the hang of things with Social Media, try adding a personal touch to things. I have no doubt it will become more fun for you, and for your followers.

A Guide to Live Tweeting Church Events – Meredith Gould
If you’re on Twitter, and plan on attending a church event in the next while, make sure you read this guide. I love when people Live Tweet from events as then I get to enjoy something I would have missed otherwise. There are some good practical tips in here on how to Live Tweet well.

Any Church, Any Size, Can and Should Be on Facebook—Here’s How – ChurchLeaders.com
It’s true. This is an easy 5 step guide to getting your church setup on Facebook. And even though you may have heard of Facebook’s decline recently, it’s still huge, and full of people you likely want to reach with your (some may say God’s) message. It’s not the best, or only, way to share the Good Word, but neither is Sunday morning worship, but most churches still do that.

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Church And Technology.ca’s good reads, week 6 2014

Each week Church And Technology.ca shares some of the worthwhile reading we found on the web that you might be interested in.

Church And Technology.ca’s list of interesting articles from the last week:

The Truth About Video Preaching (Spoiler Alert: It Might Not Work for You) – ChurchLeaders.com
A really great look at the pro’s and con’s of video sermons. And while the article might talk more about church planting using video rather than providing rural churches with preachers or better sharing of resources, it amounts to the same thing. Using live or recorded video sermons can go both ways, and it’s important to think about the implications for your congregation. But don’t reject or accept just based on demographics. Have a conversation about what this could all mean for your congregation and how people may feel about. Try a few video sermons before committing to do it regularly. While video preaching may not be for every situation, it may be perfect for yours.

The Best Way To Kill Your Church’s Social Media – Social Media in the Church
This post is a good reminder that while social media should be used to provide value to people, which includes telling them about events and sharing interesting articles, it’s also about relationships. If you don’t have a relationship with your followers, they’re going to care a whole lot less about the content you’re sharing with them.

“Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter” – Pope’s Message for World Communications Day – News.va: Official Vatican Network
“Communication is really about realizing that we are all human beings, children of God. I like seeing this power of communication as “neighbourliness”.” That’s just one of many great quotes from the Pope’s message for this years Communications Day. As someone who love technology and communications as well as the church, it’s great to see leaders embracing rather then condemning technology. This isn’t to say the Pope’s message ignores some of the difficulties of modern communications technology, he goes over many of those as well. The end message though is a positive one and about making the best use of something “truly good, a gift from God”.

Simplifying SEO for Small Business: 9 Questions with an SEO Expert – Constant Contact
A great primer on what is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for people who have heard the term, but aren’t sure what it’s really about. It’s also a good refresher for those of use who are familiar with SEO, but don’t think about it all the time. SEO for church websites is important. It’s about helping Google and other search engins determine that your church website is interesting and active and therefore worth putting high on the list when people search for certain terms like “YourTown Church”.

Take Your Church Out Into The World: Being Social As The Church – Catholic Tech Talk
Some great ideas for engaging people as your church online, just like you do offline. Let’s not wait until people come through the doors, or comment on something we say on Facebook, let’s get out there and engage people and bring the Gospel to them. Church Social Media should be about the social as well as the media. That’s not what we’re used to doing when we think of marketing, but it is how we’re called to be church, so let’s do it in every part of our church lives.

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Church And Technology.ca’s good reads, week 5 2014

Each week Church And Technology.ca shares some of the worthwhile reading we found on the web that you might be interested in.

Church And Technology.ca’s list of interesting articles from the last week:

Improve Your Church Website in 2014 – Church Tech Today
Some decent resources if you’re looking at redoing your church website. Personally I always recommend people at least explore using WordPress as it’s very user friendly and offers lots of customization, but like everything it’s not for everyone.

12 Outdated Web Features That Need to Disappear in 2014 – Mashable
I don’t agree with getting rid of all sidebars, although that one did get me thinking, proper responsive website should take care of her issues though. The rest are good things to take into account when evaluating church website designs. Especially the reminder to not do things just because you can or you think they’re cool. Every single thing on your website should be serving a purpose.

Why I Was Wrong About Twitter – Adam Grant, Author of Give And Take
If you’re not so sure about the whole Twitter thing, this is a good post to look at. It offers so insight into ways you can use twitter that you may not have expected. For example to share things with people without annoying them with dozens of emails every time you read something you think they might find interesting. Or, the opportunity to engage in conversations/debates with unexpected people.

The Ostrich Problem and the Danger of Not Tracking Your Progress – 99u
While they use examples like working out or writing a book, this can be applied to anything. Creating a useful church website, using social media for ministry, adding technology to worship, you name it, it’s probably a good thing to track your progress. It’s not always easy to figure out what to track, but pick something and evaluate later if it’s giving you any meaningful results. That way you’re in the habit of tracking and evaluating off the bat.

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Church And Technology.ca’s good reads, week 4 2014

Each week Church And Technology.ca shares some of the worthwhile reading we found on the web that you might be interested in.

Church And Technology.ca’s list of interesting articles from the last week:

How Nonprofits Get Significant Value from Content Curation – Beth Kanter, Non-Profit Innovator
It’s one thing to re-share things you come across on the internet with your followers. It’s another thing all together to be able to get something in return from this sharing. I love the above article because it goes into depth about different ways non-profits can use content curation to not only provide value to your communities, but also to get something back by better engaging with the content, and creating conversations with your communities about why it’s important.

Mobile App vs Mobile Web -Business 2 Community.com
Once you start taking the web, and mobile seriously, it’s hard not to start thinking about Apps. There are thousands out there and anyone using a smartphone uses them all the time. Is it worth creating one for your church or church organization? That’s a tough question to answer as there are a lot of factors. The article, while written for business, goes over the basics of App vs Mobile Web and is also applicable to church app vs church mobile web. I’m personally a fan of Mobile Web, or the hybrid model they mention. I do however also understand the draw and opportunity of a native app. As I said, it’s a lot to think through if you’re thinking about developing a church app. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

8 Ways to Keep Your Social Media Updates Fresh -Social Media Today
If you ever have trouble coming up with things to post on social media this is a great tool. There are way more then 8 ideas here if you ask me. Lots of creative post starters including one of my favourites, “Check the Date”. Religious organizations should have no problem finding some kind of theme for practically every day of the year; there are a lot of Saints out there.

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