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Know Your People; Unleash Them For Mission

I’ve been lucky enough to speak at a number conferences. I’ve asked the question “How many of you have databases on your congregation?” Many have something. When you dive a little deeper though, the information they have is, well, small and basic. From the data and relationships you have in your church, can you truly say you really know your people? “We just need to keep up-to-date the addresses and phone numbers of people that regularly attended”, is what I hear often. I believe churches coul...
Tags: Seo, Cms, Jesus, Bobby, Life Church, Bobby Gruenewald, Pastoral Care, ChMS, Church Management Software, Church Life, LinkedIn It, Church Admin, Church Management System, Bobby Gruenwald Bobby


When Churches Reopen: The Mentally Vulnerable

You are reading a post in the mini-series entitled “When Churches Reopen” which I decided to write when I began seeing that some churches around the world were beginning to reopen and in reading their announcements or newsletters I began noticing that a lot of them were forgetting a few things. This post in the series is about the mentally vulnerable.It’s no secret that with the pandemic everyone’s mental health has been affected whether it’s more stress or existing mental health struggles that ...
Tags: Seo, Mental Health, Chris, Church Culture, ChurchMag, Church Life, Church and Mental Health, COVID-19, Covid19, Mental Healthcare Professional


ChurchMag COVID Survey [Podcast #312]

We need your help!This week on the podcast we would love it if you could take a few minutes and take our COVID survey — right here!If that link isn’t working with your podcast player, here’s a directly URL: https://churchm.ag/covid-survey/The more the merrier, so please pass this along for your friends, too; we want to hear from everyone.Now, let’s roll the tape… [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Spotify | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout]
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Surveys, Spiritual Formation, Church Culture, Church Life, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19


The Art of Making Church Admin Disappear

I’m one of the odd ones. I don’t just like admin, but I love admin when it works. When it blends seamlessly into the background. That is how most ministers or people feel about admin — they like it when it disappears. But church admin only disappears into the background when you’ve done it well. When you’ve been intentional about it. Until then, church administration takes the wind out of ministers’ sails. Just mention the word admin and you are met with a groan. Alas, we all have to do some for...
Tags: Google, Seo, Cms, Admin, ChMS, Church Management Software, Church Life, Church Admin, Church Management System


Survey: How Has COVID-19 Affected Your Faith & Church?

TL;DR, we’re doing a ‘COVID faith survey’ on how COVID-19 and the associated events have affected people’s faith and their churches response. We want to see what the overall impact on Christian faith, personal spirituality and church practice has been as well as peak at the long term fruit as well. Take me to the survey It’s undeniable that COVID has been the biggest world event many of us have ever seen. There’s hardly a country which hasn’t been touched and through lockdown measures as we...
Tags: Seo, Surveys, Spiritual Formation, Church Culture, Church Life, Coronavirus, Corona Virus, COVID-19, Covid19


COVID Contrast: Online vs Face to Face[Podcast #311]

We’ve talked about the differences between online and face-to-face relationships before. This time, however, we have a unique opportunity to compare the two experiences in a real A/B comparison–online vs face to face.Jeremy shares his experience as a counselor who worked entirely face-to-face, to have the chance to switch to 100% online sessions with the same people. What do you think about what Jeremy had to say this week? Let us know — @ChurchMag using #cmagcast — contact us here or by email...
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Web, Mental Health, Jeremy, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Church Life, Church and Mental Health


When Churches Reopen: The Financially Vulnerable

You are reading a post in the mini-series entitled “When Churches Reopen”. I decided to write when I began seeing that some churches around the world were beginning to reopen. And in reading their announcements or newsletters I noticed that a lot of them were forgetting a few important things.  A lot of people have been laid off or even lost their job completely during this time.I saw many churches showing different ways to give offerings and I felt not enough expressed care and concern for th...
Tags: Seo, Church Life, COVID-19, Covid19, When Churches Reopen


When Churches Reopen: Helping The Vulnerable

You are reading the first post in the mini-series entitled “When Churches Reopen”. I decided to write it when I began seeing that some churches around the world were beginning to reopen. When reading their announcements or newsletters I began noticing that a lot of them were forgetting a few things.  I realized that too many churches were forgetting some of the vulnerable people in it, be they financially, physically, or mentally vulnerable.It’s no surprise that churches forgot a few things as...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Seo, Facebook Group, Church Life, COVID-19, Covid19, When Churches Reopen, Food Transportation


Free Resource To Plan For Your Post Pandemic Church

Depending on where you live, you may have fully emerged from lockdown or still be under guidance to stay indoors 24/7. In either situation, your post pandemic church should be asking tough questions about the way it will operate in the future. Both what aspects from the lockdown were beneficial and should be further harnessed, and what has been missing. But it can be difficult to navigate these conversation. Sometimes the technical questions become barriers to the bigger picture, sometimes w...
Tags: UK, Seo, Ben, Church Life, COVID-19, Covid19, Reunion Sunday, Pinner Baptist Church


COVID And Mental Health [Podcast #309]

This week on the podcast Jeremy shares his expertise from Church and Mental Health as we discuss some basic ideas surrounding mental health during these difficult times. Let’s talk COVID and mental health! Whether on When it comes to COVID and mental health or anything else, feel free to ask a question — @ChurchMag using #cmagcast — contact us here or by email at [email protected] — and Jeremy will answer your question on an upcoming episode (or privately if you need). [Subscribe via iTune...
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Jeremy, Spiritual Formation, Church Life, Church and Mental Health, Mentioned Resources Links Church And Mental Health


Tracking Spiritual Growth Or Gut Feel?

I’ve been a youth leader, kids ministry leader, involved in church boards and one of the toughest questions I always loved to face was, is what I am leading helping those that attend to grow closer to Jesus or am I just entertaining them. To boil it down, are they growing spiritually? What’s our approach to tracking spiritual growth? This thought process really crystallised for me when I read Fruit That Will Last by Tim Hawkins. The thoughts Tim presented about developing a youth group that wa...
Tags: Amazon, Seo, Data, Best, Jesus, Tim, Homer Simpson, Youth Ministry, Jesus He, Spiritual Formation, Church Culture, Tim Hawkins, Children's Ministry, Church Life


Leading In Uncertain Times. Lessons From Paul: Leverage Tech

In the first post in this series, Lessons From Paul,  we alluded to that church leaders need to have good self-awareness to lead through uncertain times. No doubt self awareness is important in leading, at any time. You can read the first post here. It is that much more important in times of crisis. While other lessons from Paul (as in that apostle) are applicable at any time, they are more important in uncertain times. Leverage tech. That’s the lesson from Paul we cover in this post. Tech In...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Seo, Tech, Jesus, Bobby, PAUL, Church Culture, Church Life, Jeff Myers, lessons from Paul


Bobby Gruenewald: YouVersion Prayer, Resources & You (Part II) [Podcast #308]

This week on the podcast we share the second part of a two-part interview Blessing had with Bobby Gruenewald — Innovation Leader at Life.Church and creator of YouVersion / Bible App. In this episode they talk about the YouVersion Prayer feature and forming habits that help us grow spiritually. Share your thoughts, ideas, and questions with us — @ChurchMag using #cmagcast — contact us here or by email at [email protected] — and we’ll share it on an upcoming episode. [Subscribe via iTunes | ...
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Tech, Bible, Life Church, Bobby Gruenewald, Bible app, Church Culture, Church Life, Church Online Platform, YouVersion


Zoom Church: the Struggle Is Real…Amen?

I can’t remember the first SNL sketch I ever watched. As a Brit, I probably saw a few and just assumed they were from one of those American programs. However, when I watched their recently parody of Zoom church, I couldn’t help but relate to some of our own churches teething pains during the COVID lockdown.Have a watch and see if you can relate to their experience. Zoom Church from SNL no one mutes their miceveryone’s a little confusedTV on in the backgroundshoutingtrying to talk and n...
Tags: Seo, Humor, PAUL, Church Life, Church Memes


Create Contactless Sign In For Your Children’s Or Youth Ministry

Some parts of the world are beginning to congregate again. I’ve been thinking about things we are going to need as we go into this ‘cross over’ period. We all probably want to maintain some of the good practices we have learnt during this COVID19 period. Less touching, slightly more physical distancing, limiting numbers and all the other bits and pieces. This led me into thinking about the check in process we have in many youth groups and children’s ministries. If you think about it, it usuall...
Tags: Google, Seo, Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry, Church Life, Responsible Citizens


Bobby Gruenewald: Tech, YouVersion, Resources, & You (Part I) [Podcast #307]

This week on the podcast we share the first part of a two-part interview Blessing had with Bobby Gruenewald — Innovation Leader at Life.Church and creator of YouVersion / Bible App.As easy as it is to sometimes shrug and say that our resources are too limited or we don’t have enough time to do something, the truth is, it’s often times those limitations that are the catalyst for success. Share your thoughts, ideas, and questions with us — @ChurchMag using #cmagcast — contact us here or by email...
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Tech, Life Church, Bobby Gruenewald, Bible app, Church Life, Church Online Platform, YouVersion, Bobby Here, Life Church Find


Why Data Matters In Church Life

Since the dawning of time data has mattered. Knowing which way the herds of buffalo would go each year, when is a good time to plant crops, who has the best score on Motorsport Manager (my favourite iOS game) all point to an undeniable fact, data matters. That aside, why data matters in church life makes for an important conversation.I’ve personally come to this realisation over some time. My early training in marketing definitely helped! However when I took on running children’s ministry, youth...
Tags: Leadership, Seo, Data, Church Culture, Church Life, Gideon God, Importance of Good Data In Church Life, Maura PallyData


Leading In Uncertain Times: Learning From Paul – Leader

It seems every blog post, speech or communication starts with, “In these uncertain times…” or something similar. This is because there’s an undeniable, shared reality. I can’t remember a time in my life, so far, where the world has had a shared unpleasant experience as this. As a result, I’ve been thinking about how leaders of the early Church led through crisis. I wondered if there were lessons for today’s church from Paul on leading in uncertain times. This isn’t a comprehensive or exhaustiv...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Seo, Jeremy, PAUL, Jesus God, Church Life, lessons from Paul


Livestream Church is Vital for Post-Pandemic Church – Part 3

* Editors Note: Upfront: As we look at Reunion Sunday only gather (in person) when relevant authorities say you can. And, when you do, follow the guidelines / precautions they give. We must be responsible citizens and love our neighbors. This post on the livestream church is part three of three in the series.Livestream Church has proven its importance as a tool for maintaining a connection with the community around a church. So many churches have been unexpectedly forced to become digital savvy ...
Tags: Seo, Livestream, Don, Church Life, Social Media PostsPost for Reunion SundayPost, Reunion Sunday, Livestream Church, Going Forward The Church


The Medium Doesn’t Change the Mission [Podcast #305]

Whether your church has had to switch to digital, doesn’t mean the mission changes. The medium should never define your mission.Let’s talk about it. Join the conversations — @ChurchMag using #cmagcast — contact us here or by email at [email protected] and we’ll reply on an upcoming episode. [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Spotify | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout]
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Mission, Church Culture, Church Life, COVID-19, Covid19


Part Two: A New Normal For The Post-Quarantine Church

* Editors Note: Upfront: As we look at Reunion Sunday only gather (in person) when relevant authorities say you can. And, when you do, follow the guidelines given by them. We must be responsible citizens and love our neighbors. This post, “A New Normal For The Post-Quarantine Church” is part two of three in the series. After the excitement wears off, the church must be ready and in place for the new normal. A normal where people are hyperaware of the possibilities of viruses and pandemics. T...
Tags: Seo, Church Life, COVID-19, Covid19, Reunion Sunday, Post Quarantine Church


The Long Term Impact of COVID-19 On Churches

A couple of months ago or so, Blessing wrote about how to prepare for an outbreak. At the time, I didn’t know if this post would be necessary, but I thought it was prudent to publish it and help people prepare. I also didn’t think we’d be talking about the long term impact of COVID-19 On Churches. But now many churches are navigating these difficult times and turning to live streaming and online giving solutions as well as trying new ways of connecting church members. But with it becomin...
Tags: Seo, Christ, Joseph, Church Life, COVID-19, Online Church, Covid19


Is Your Church Communication Self-Aware? [Podcast #304]

During COVID-19, it might be too easy to come across “tone-deaf” and “out-of-touch.” In fact, that’s a risk that all church communication has during a crisis. It’s important that your church is communication self-aware. Let’s be honest: Next week’s small group pot-luck isn’t the highest priority during a crisis. Becoming self-aware and in touch with what’s top-of-mind in our communities can help us not only communicate more effectively, but even be able to better meet the needs of those a...
Tags: Podcast, Church, Seo, Communication, Church Life, Church Communication, COVID-19, Covid19


Post-Quarantine Church – Part One: Reunion Sunday

* Editors Note: As we look at Reunion Sunday we thought it would be good for us to state this upfront. Only gather (in person) when your state / government / relevant authorities say you can. And, when you do, follow the guidelines given by the relevant authorities, and some. We must be responsible citizens and love our neighbors. Different countries / state are in different phases of quarantine or shelter-in-place. Some are in the early stages and others are likely to gather in person soone...
Tags: Facebook, Seo, Jesus, Church Life, COVID-19, Covid19, Social Media PostsPost for Reunion SundayPost


Beyond Numbers Part 2: Authentic Connection

In this post in the series, “Beyond Numbers” we look at individualization for authentic connection. How much junk mail do you throw away each week? I counted, I threw away 87 pieces of mail last week. I kept 3 cards addressed directly to me from friends who took the time to hand write, and stamp their cards. So, do you want to get caught up in reaching a lot of people, but being discarded by the majority, or do you want authentic connection with people and see their lives changed through the...
Tags: Leadership, Seo, Jesus, Matthew, Church Culture, Church Life, Beyond Numbers


Churches Connecting with Community During COVID-19 [Podcast #303]

With all of the lock-downs and social distancing from COVID-19, how are churches connecting with community? How is your church connecting with your wider community? How is it connecting within its own church community? As much as everyone has begun to lean on technology to try and share a traditional church service, are their other ways the Church needs to be connecting with others? Join the conversations — @ChurchMag using #cmagcast — or by email at [email protected] and we’ll rep...
Tags: Podcast, Church, Seo, Outreach, Community, Pastoral Care, Church Life, COVID-19, COVID


COVID Reveals What Your Church Is About [Podcast #302]

When we are faced with challenges our true character comes through — so what has the COVID-19 challenge revealed about our churches? Long time ChurchMag writer Chris Wilson shared this tweet with everyone that really got us thinking: Covid is a revealing what the Church is about.Some Churches: “How do we deliver an excellent product that people need every week?”Other Churches: “How do we equip our people for loving their neighbors every week?”— Dan White Jr. (@danwhitejr) March 30, 2020 ...
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Mission, Chris Wilson, Church Culture, Pandemic, Church Life, Dan White Jr, Corona Virus, COVID-19, Covid19


Beyond Numbers #01: Things That Should Keep Church Leaders Up At Night

Should ‘bigger’ be one of the things that should keep church leaders up at night? Bigger isn’t always better. I definitely don’t want a bigger waste line. I could pass on a bigger phone bill too. Somehow we have all bought into the concept of bigger solving all our problems. Bigger houses, bigger bank accounts. In the immortal words of Christopher Wallace, “the more money we come across the more problems we see.” The same principle applies in the church world. Seems like everyone want...
Tags: Apple, Google, Leadership, America, Seo, Jesus, Starbucks, Coca Cola, Christ, Christopher Wallace, Church Culture, Church Life, John 6:53 Yet, Motorola Zevia Donut


Free Easter Social Media Content to Help Your Church Navigate COVID-19

Plans are changing rapidly for churches for Easter. The need for social media content to match these changes is increasing. So here are some free Easter social media images for your church from me to you! Let’s Stay Connected! COVID-19 SOCIAL MEDIA Easter 2020 Social Media for COVID-19 Free Hand Washing Icons Easter Social Media ...
Tags: Church Life, Easter, Postcards


4 Pros (and 4 Cons) of Digital Payments From A Giver’s Perspective

I can still remember the day when Poland FINALLY got Apple Pay. I was surprised that we were so late as we had a robust contactless payment infrastructure. Before Apple Pay was announced there were other solutions around including Google Pay/wallet. I initially intended to use it as a backup plan to my usual payment systems but I soon found myself using it for everything. So I thought it would be useful to consider the advantages and disadvantages of digital payments from a giver’s perspective. ...
Tags: Google, London, Seo, Poland, Mongolia, Online Giving, Church Life