Changes in church ministry are zipping along at lightning speed, pretty much right at the speed of a cable Internet connection. Today’s churches are plugged in, online, and very tech-savvy. We’ve done a bit of research into the top trends in church technology. Here’s what we found out. What is your church technology like today? What are the trends in church technology?
Churches are all over social media, which is a good thing. But are they doing social media right? That’s another question altogether. In many cases, sadly, the answer is “no.” Churches plus social media has often gone woefully awry. In an effort to prevent your church from careening over the precipice of a social media bad practice, we’re going to tell you what those bad practices are… It’s up to you to avoid them.
Are you a Tweeting pastor or church leader? If you’re anything like me, you may have joined Twitter once upon a time just because it was all the rage, and after sending one or two test Tweets, realized it wasn’t for you and quickly found a different techno hobby. I didn’t start using Twitter aggressively until just a year or so ago. Now, I have a small following and I follow more people than I can possibly keep up with. I even tweet three our four times a day. Recently, I did a little experiment on Twitter, and I want to tell you about some things I discovered.
The social media phenomenon has been around for quite a while now, and it continues to divide people up into at least two categories: fans and detractors. Whether we acknowledge it or not, social media has affected all of us, and we are all subject to it to some extent. Gospel Coalition members Collin Hansen, Justin Taylor, and I talked about some aspects of social media in this video.
You may have a small church, but you can have a big reach, thanks to technology. We live in the age of a global reach. Employing technology tools for God’s glory is a sobering responsibility. While technology has pitfalls and dangers, Sharefaith is a proponent of giving Christians the knowledge and ability to use it for God’s glory. Here’s how you can reach farther with your sermon. (more…)
So Facebook can be pretty confusing. In a recent post, we discussed how to create a Facebook group. But did you know that there is something different called a Facebook page? If you want to get your church on Facebook, you will need to decide if you want a Facebook group or a Facebook page. Here’s to helping you decide…
So you’ve decided it’s finally time to get on Facebook. Here’s how to create a group on Facebook for your church. Creating a group on Facebook may sound a bit difficult (and the length of this post may cause you to think that it is), but it’s not that hard. Just follow the steps below to creating a group on Facebook for your church. The following simple guide assumes that you know how to 1) turn on the computer and 2) be able to get on the Internet and 3) sort of find your way around with a mouse and stuff. Are you ready?
If we understand that “church” doesn’t refer to brick and mortar, and “Sunday” isn’t the only day that spiritual activity can happen, it ought to change the way we live. One aspect that it may change is the level of connectivity that we have with the other people in the church. Social media is one way to release the church from its brick and mortar shell, and break the mold of Sunday as the only day on which the church interacts.