Growing your church's volunteer force is important. You need them for many reasons. Your ministries can often do more with more people. Plus, serving on a team is the easiest way to feel like part of the church community. This article will examine several ways to recruit and grow volunteers over time.
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Have your digital ministries stalled? Did you not even start an online ministry? A breakthrough may come after God allows something to break in your life or ministry. This may not sound like fun. Yet when problems arise, we learn to more fully depend on God. In this article I examine what you can expect, and how to react.
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Starting social media for your entire church may feel daunting. Making even a small change to a current social media strategy feels overwhelming. Use the concept of a lighthouse to ease those fears. A lighthouse is a partner for developing or enhancing your digital ministries. This article will further define lighthouses, as well as how to prepare for one.
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When your church's digital teams work at a regular cadence, you become more predictable. This is a good thing. It sets expectations of both your audience and stakeholders. It also helps teams become more sustainable. Here are a few key areas that will make church communications more effective over time.
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There are two ways to have more money in a business; increase your intake, and decrease your costs. Churches often look at how they can bring in more money through donations and fundraisers. Cutting costs is more difficult to swallow, as many churches are already running on tight budgets. By utilizing tools to increase productivity of the existing staff, you can avoid job and salary cuts while still advancing your ministries.
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Regular updates to your website and social media platforms takes discipline. You need commitment to those ministries to post consistent updates. And there is a certain amount of tenacity required to tackle tough website issues. Another space that requires discipline, commitment, and tenacity is the martial arts. This week I take lessons from one of the greatest martial artists that ever lived; Bruce Lee.
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When you look for web team volunteers, do not just focus on computer geeks. Many other professions provide valuable insight, perspective, and content. Learn how to spot that hidden talent in your congregation. Many will worry they are not tech savvy enough to make your site shine. Reassure them that enthusiasm and a teachable attitude is all that is required.
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Does your church know how they will use technology to accomplish your its mission? Does everyone even know what your mission is? Every day, the Animaniacs characters Pinky and The Brain attempt to take over the world. We can learn something from this single-minded approach to missions. In this article I will provide X tools to help us.
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A post-mortem is a special meeting to help analyze the successes and failures of a project. No, you do not need a medical background. You just need the skills to run a meeting well. In this article I will discuss church web projects in particular. I will start off with the benefits of a post-mortem, as well as how to prepare. Then move into how to conduct them. I will wrap up with the deliverables and how to use them for future success.
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Do not create church digital experiences without consulting others in your church. This sounds simple enough, but it happens all too often. The web team changes the website and the address on printed material is no longer valid. You also need to ensure the opposite does not happen. Your youth ministry leader may start a social media account without anyone else knowing. Here are a few tools for keeping lines of communication open and flowing.
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Most church web teams are augmented if not run by volunteers. Many of you reading this right now are helping your church out by giving your time and talents for their digital ministries. You may feel that you always need more help. Just be aware that any extreme in staffing can be a problem. Too few people wears down a team. Too many people becomes a delegation and management nightmare. Here are a few ways you can
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What digital security lessons can we learn from the book of Nehemiah? Many think that the Old Testament cannot be applied to today's problems. They consider its lessons old and dated. This article walks through the first few parts of the story. Drawing out security lessons for your web team.
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