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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


Integrity In Sponsorships And Technology [Video]

The following video by Tom Scott isn’t coming for a typical church tech space. This is just a heads up: he might come across a little crude for some. That being said, the message of integrity in this video is inspiring. There are few places, even with church solutions sponsorships don’t feature. Thus integrity in sponsorships and technology is worth our attention. We’ve preached over and over with ChurchMag how we need to have integrity in what we do. As church techies, the morality of things...
Tags: Seo, Don, Tom Scott, ChurchMag


Reflecting on 2019 and Looking Ahead To 2020

I’ve been reflecting on 2019 and looking ahead to 2020 from the first week of December 2019. Some thoughts are yet to be fully developed. I’m comfortable with some things unresolved. Reflection shouldn’t always be about reaching resolution. As we look at 2020 as individuals, churches and organizations we should keep this in mind. Anyway, I thought it would be helpful to look back at the year past and dream out loud a little. You might find some of the reflections helpful for you and those you...
Tags: Church, Seo, Eric, Church Culture, ChurchMag, ChurchMag Press, Press Merch Resources


ChurchMag In 2020 [Podcast #295]

Happy New Year! 2019 is now behind us and all of 2020 lays before us like untouched snow. What will it bring? Where will we go? How will all of our questions of the future be answered? This week on the podcast Eric discusses with Blessing about what the future looks like for ChurchMag in 2020, as well as their own personal thoughts about bringing in the New Year. We’re excited for ChurchMag in 2020… What are some of your favorite 2020 slogans, sayings, and incoming puns for the New Year? Tell us...
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Eric, Church Culture, ChurchMag


Top Eleven ChurchMag Posts of 2019 And Some

At the time of writing this, over 16,600 posts have been published on ChurchMag. Many people serving God’s mission in communities around the world have benefited. Before I get carried away, I will do a separate decade review later. This post is about a chapter of the bigger story. For now we look at the top eleven ChurchMag posts of 2019. Before we get to that I must acknowledge something. Not so long ago I did a post on the top ten ChurchMag podcast episodes. A few days after it went live th...
Tags: Evernote, Seo, Creativity, Jeremy, Ben, Benjamin, Eric, Allison, Unsplash, ChurchMag, Phil Schneider, Jarrid Wilson, Don Miller, Storybrand, Unsplash Chris


The Un-Neutrality of Facebook

There’s a lot of political news out there, and while ChurchMag strives to stay about politics, sometimes we have to address it. Even so, I will endeavor to do so without partisan passions. For now, let’s forget our political persuasions and talk about Elizabeth Warren, US Senator and Democratic candidate for the presidency, and her relationship with Facebook. Fragmenting Facebook For some time, Senator Warren has called for the break-up of several tech giants (read: “monopolies”), Facebook ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Net Neutrality, Privacy, Congress, Elizabeth Warren, US, Social Media, Seo, Tech, Web, Warren, Zuckerberg, Trump, Facebook Facebook, ChurchMag


Using StoryBrand to Transform Company Culture [Building A Storybrand Book Club: Chapter 13]

[This post is part of a Book Club book series where we take a deep dive into Building A StoryBrand by Donald Miller. To check out all of the posts, view the table of contents here] 95% of this book is above how to change your marketing message so that you can effectively impact your community. As a church, how we engage with other people the first time and the fiftieth time is important. But that other 5% of this build is dedicated to changing the organization from the inside out. It’s one thing...
Tags: Writing, Marketing, Seo, Communication, Don, Eric, Billy Graham, Allison, Donald Miller, ChurchMag, John Saddington, Allison Dye


The Integrity of Church Tech [Podcast #260]

We talk about ChurchMag and the Church Tech space in general. What kind of integrity exists? We take a look behind the curtain of ChurchMag and talk real. We would love to hear from you — talk to us via Twitter @ChurchMag using #cmagcast, by email at [email protected], or say something here and we’ll talk about it on an upcoming episode. [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout]  
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Web, ChurchMag, Church Tech, Integrity of Church Tech


Church Themes Introduces Church Content Pro, Switches Pricing Plans

It’s no secret that we at ChurchMag are big fans of Church Themes (both the actual products and the people behind it). I don’t know if they’ve ever sponsored our site but several of us use their themes and church content plugin for our sites and have paid to do so (this is not sponsored content). So when I heard there was a “Church Content Pro” plugin coming out and they were switching to packages pricing, I was intrigued. Here’s why you should be excited about the changes. Church Content Pr...
Tags: Google, Wordpress, Seo, Web, Cms, ChurchMag, Church Content Pro Church, Church Content Plugin, ChurchThemes


Facebook Group Admin Update

If you have not been following the news, Facebook has been quietly making some changes to their platform beyond the security issues. For many, these are actually much needed for any forum type online area. The fact they are only just now coming out is absurd, but that Facebook seems to be the innovator with them is great. What are you talking about Jeremy? What updates? As I said, it’s been quiet with the updates. But these two new ones are something that Facebook Group Admins should know abo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Social Media, Seo, Web, Jeremy, Facebook Group, ChurchMag, ChurchMag Facebook, Facebook Group Admin Update, Facebook Group Admins, Church Facebook


ChurchMag TBT: Jeremy Smith

[“ChurchMag TBT” is a ‘Throw Back Thursday’ on all things ChurchMag. Inspired by an upcoming ChurchMag podcast episode, we are looking back at personal — and public — throwbacks of ChurchMag.] My very first article on ChurchMag is titled Facebook Timeline: How This Will Impact Ministry. Ah… looking at this article, I notice so many different things. First off, I actually wrote the article nearly 7 years ago. If you look at all of my articles on ChuchMag, you will find older ones from when I wrot...
Tags: Facebook, Seo, Blogging, Web, Tbt, Jeremy Smith, Phil, ChurchMag


The Best Task Management Tools of 2018

The other day I was talking to a friend and he confided in me that he is finding it hard to keep track of all the different threads going on in his life and switching between different types of tasks. He ended it by saying that he probably needed to get one of these task management tools to keep track of all the things he needs to do, the only problem was that he didn’t know which to pick. After all, there are hundreds out there, many with very similar features, some with utterly unique items an...
Tags: Apple, Google, Siri, Seo, It, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Rtm, Project Management, Evernote Google, Evernote Evernote, ChurchMag, Bullet Journal, Mike Rohde, ChurchMag Press, Federico Viticci


Link 10 [Saturday Morning Review]

The Link 10, is a home automation device with built-in Bluetooth and speaker that connects to all Google Assistant programs. Home automation is slowly becoming a more commercial product. While the technology has been available for quite a while, it is only now getting popular and put on brick-and-mortar stores. Devices like Google Home, Amazon Echo, and the Link 10 are hubs for home automation, with microphones which connected to your wifi to interact with the Internet of Things devices. In m...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Seo, ChurchMag, Google Home, Google Home Amazon Echo


Church Tech Snack Pack #184

This week’s snack pack hits on church website design — again — with some Easter thrown in as well. If you’ve got some last minute Easter resources you would like to share, please drop them in the comments. We are only a few weeks away! Enjoy the pack: 7 Reasons Why A Website Is Your Church’s Most Important Marketing Tool 8 Ways to Stop Your Pastor’s April Fool’s on Easter Sunday Jokes 18 of the Best Church Websites for 2018 25 Last-Minute Easter Ideas 60 Church Websites for Easter 8 Helpful ...
Tags: Chuck, Seo, Web, John Dyer, Craig Silverman, ChurchMag, Eric Dye, Phil Schneider, Nils Smith, Helpful Books on Ministry Burnout


Why You Can’t Win an Internet Argument [Video]

The story is true that trolls will be trolls. But not every argument on the internet is because of a troll. I recently attempted to share my political thoughts on Facebook, only to friends and family, hoping that my non-liberal, yet not full-conservative stance could spark a conversation. About 40% wanted to converse, the other 60% wanted to argue about gun control and Planned Parenthood (which I didn’t even bring up). They started an argument where there was no argument and no one that started ...
Tags: Facebook, Seo, ChurchMag


Free Autogenerated Email Signatures

Have you ever needed a good email signature for your ministry or for yourself? Even the better designers just have dumb email signatures. Great ones do not account for local email applications that may distort the code. I will put myself on that list of “just not good enough” email signatures. How do we fix it? Hubspot actually has a great free email signature template for people who do not want to spend a ton of effort and time into creating it. Why Does A Good Email Signature Matter I...
Tags: Creative, Seo, HubSpot, ChurchMag


My Experience Using The MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Trackpad And Keyboard

When Apple did their reveal of the MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar I didn’t know what to make of it. Did they somehow have scrap strips from iPad screens they wanted to make money from? Were they running out of ideas? Then I thought it was cool in a weird way. When I walked into the iStore I thought it was stupid. I got my hands on a demo MacBook Pro and then walked out undecided. It was kind of OK, but why would I want one? Was it worth spending money on? After comparing prices between the no...
Tags: Apple, Siri, Seo, It, Computers, Trackpad, Macbook Pro, Don, MacBook Pros, ChurchMag, Touch Bar, MacBook Pro With Touch Bar, MacBook Pro Touch Bar Trackpad, Touch Bar Trackpad


Your Church Facebook Marketing Strategy

I have created a sample marketing strategy to help your church use this amazing platform called Facebook. This is certainly not a comprehensive strategy and I would be glad to consult with any church on their marketing strategies, but here is a good start at taking your Church’s Facebook presence to the next level. Summary This is going to be a very simple strategy with one goal in mind: to build awareness of your church in the community and the surrounding areas and to convert Facebook li...
Tags: Facebook, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Web, Livestream, Facebook Page, ChurchMag, Facebook Create, Facebook Livestream, Your Church Facebook Marketing Strategy, Facebook Strategy Internal Promotion Encourage, Church 's Official Facebook Page These, Rockford Tradition, Facebook Watch Feature Facebook


Katie Allred Talks Facebook Groups [Podcast #201]

We are excited to talk with Katie Allred this week! She is the co-founder of the very awesome Church Communications Facebook Group. With over 15,000 members, it is easily the most robust Church comms community on the planet. You can find Kaite on Twitter, read her blog posts on ChurchMag, but make sure you at least sign up for the cool stuff on the Church Communications website. Ask Katie a question via @ChurchMag using #cmagcast, send an email at [email protected], or submit your question here...
Tags: Facebook, Podcast, Social Media, Seo, Web, Katie, ChurchMag, Katie Allred, Church Communications, Katie Allred Talks Facebook Groups, Church Communications Facebook Group With


‘Mansion, Therapy Session, and Perception’ by NF [Saturday Morning Review]

I love rap music, * cue the DC Talk song *, and I am always interested in hearing new rappers, especially ones that keep their lyrics clean. I like it when I can listen to it with my little brother and sister, without having to worry about it. I first heard NF featured in TobyMac’s Til The Day I Die. “Who’s that?” I wondered. I Googled him and instantly became a fan. NF is a rapper, singer, songwriter, who has charted in both the Christian hip-hop and mainstream hip-hop markets and I am IN LO...
Tags: Amazon, Music, Creative, Seo, NF, ChurchMag, Tobymac, Britt Nicole, Conclusion NF


Shaun White + Mario Run [Video]

The Olympics just happened and I watched exactly five minutes of curling the entire time it was on. So I’m definitely not the target demographic for YouTube videos of this, at least until someone adds a Mario theme to it. So if you are like me and need someone to nerdify the Olympics to watch it, I got you. Any other things we need to share that was boring until someone made it very nerdy? [Video via YouTube] Shaun White + Mario Run [Video] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ...
Tags: Gaming, Inspiration, Seo, Web, ChurchMag, Shaun White Mario Run


When Another Church Plagiarises Yours

You’ve had a retreat and spent days working on concepts for the Easter campaign and series. Your church is going big this Easter. You can’t remember a time you were this inspired. You can’t remember a time you’ve been this original. From concept to video, sermon and life groups content and more, you have thought of everything. Your church tech and creative teams have never produced anything this good at this scale. After all your hard work you discover another church has plagiarized yours. “A...
Tags: Church, Creative, Seo, Creativity, Plagiarism, Jesus, Creatives, ChurchMag, Jesus Church, Church Think


Simple Productivity Systems Beat Complex Systems

When it comes to productivity, a simple system is often going to trump a very complex one. There’s a very obvious reason for that, a complex system usually takes more time and effort to manage and is harder to remember. Something which is simple gets out of the way for you and lets you focus on the important part of productivity; getting your work done. A Too Complex System For a long time, I felt like I ought to follow orthodox GTD and any straying from the true path might lead to destruct...
Tags: Seo, It, Project Management, ChurchMag


Do What You Can’t [Inspirational Video]

Even if you are not a YouTube surfer, you have probably heard of Casey Neistat. One of his biggest videos is his motivational video for all creators. Be inspired, be encouraged to keep creating. The video is linked below, and I want to echo his words here: Keep your head down. Follow the rules. Do as you’re told. Play it safe. Wait your turn. Ask permission. Learn to compromise. This is terrible advice… When you’re a Creator you don’t need someone in your ear telling you: What you can and can...
Tags: Video, Inspiration, Creative, Seo, Web, Casey Neistat, ChurchMag


Drew Dixon Talks Video Games [Podcast #200]

This week on the podcast we level-up in two different ways. First, we hit our 200th episode! And the second way we leveled-up? We have the very cool Drew Dixon on the podcast. Drew is not just a gentleman and a scholar — nope — he’s also a master podcaster and world-class gamer who explores the intersection of faith and gaming. [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout] Are you a gamer? What’s your favorite game? Has a game made you cry — like Eric did with Bast...
Tags: Gaming, Podcast, Seo, Web, Minecraft, Jeremy, Eric, Drew Dixon, ChurchMag


Rite in the Rain Notebook [Saturday Morning Review]

Most people collect something. For me, it’s action figures, pens, and, of course, notebooks! I’ve had the good fortune to review a few for ChurchMag, and now, I’m very pleased to bring you a review of Rite in the Rain notebooks. I was sent a sample set of #271FX-M notebooks, and I have spent the last month or so road testing two of them, one blue and one yellow. The blue notebook was the first one I grabbed, and it has been through the wringer! Literally, this notebook got washed! My wife, a...
Tags: Creative, Seo, Edc, Phil, ChurchMag


The Next Time You Think Your Church Needs New Technology…

The next time you think your church needs new technology to accomplish something, think about this guy. I am not saying we should use old tech, broken tech, or do everything the hard way — it just feels like sometimes we should keep things in perspective, you know? Here this teacher is doing his best to equip his students about how to use a computer without a computer. That is amazing. That is inspiring. I had to share it with you all. Tell me how this inspires you, challenges you, and any “...
Tags: Inspiration, Seo, Web, It, ChurchMag


The Major Issue With Blogging in the Church at the Moment

Blogging has really evolved a lot over time, especially since I first got into blogging about seven years ago. I remember following lots of blogs via Google Reader and finding great ideas and advice from people who were all running their own blogs. More recently though we’ve seen the move towards “professional blogging” and now businesses. The personal blogs have almost all but died out and I believe that is a shame. What’s Good About the Current Era Before I say what I think we’re missing,...
Tags: Google, Washington Post, Seo, Blogging, Web, ChurchMag


The [Almost] Comprehensive List of Church Tech Podcasts

We have previously written several lists of our favorite podcasts here on ChurchMag, but we have not tried to do a comprehensive list of podcasts that correlate at some capacity with the topic of church technology. So below is a list of all of the church tech podcasts we have found up to this date. We have not arranged these podcasts by any type or style. Some of these will be loosely affiliated or humor based, others will be focused on a specific niche in church tech like hardware or marketing....
Tags: Church, Social Media, Seo, Cta, Web, Podcasting, Justin Dean, Steve, Phil, Michael Hyatt, Carl, Carey Nieuwhof, Jamison, Phil Thompson, ChurchMag, Carl Barnhill


Are Quick & Easy Design Services Worthwhile?

It is important for a church to stand out in their community and to attract people to the gospel. Often marketing and branding are not really associated with churches, but there are a lot of Biblical principles in marketing, and branding and these tools can be used to attract people to the Gospel. When it comes to churches, a budget can be everything. There are so many services out there these days for easy to create a design, websites, logo’s, etc. These services offer pre-built, out of the box...
Tags: Facebook, Design, Creative, Seo, ChurchMag