December 22, 2014

About the author  ⁄ Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith has been a blogger for three years at seventy8 Productions and is a frequent contributor for ChurchTechToday. He has a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering, Master's in Family Ministry, and has been doing youth ministry for ten years in two different ministries.

10 Ways Your Church can be Successful at Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is not a fad. It’s here to stay based on how successful many church and ministries have been over the past few years with the way of raising funds. We’ve written two previous articles on crowdfunding: Part one discusses five possible solutions for your next crowdfunding project  and Part two offers input from churches and ministries that have successfully crowdfunded. But we cannot stop here. If you are serious about starting your own crowdfunding project, you will need some of these tips to be successful. This project will take time, creativity, lots of conversations and support, so if you want to ...

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4 Crowdfunding Ministry Success Stories

Last month we shared with you 5 Possible Crowdfunding Solutions for Your Next Church Project specifically designed for crowdsource funding that ministries can leverage. Regardless of your project, whether  renovating a part of your church, sending and supporting a missionary to Africa, financing a local outreach ministry, or sending kids to camp, online crowdfunding may have a place in your fundraising process. While it is great to know where these platforms are, it is even better to hear that they truly do work. Below, we have listed four success stories where churches and ministries were able to use these online crowdfunding ...

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5 Possible Crowdfunding Solutions for Your Next Church Project

[This article on crowdfunding is the first in a series of three articles by Jeremy Smith on the topic of using online crowdfunding software to raise funds for everything from missions work to building needs. Stay tuned for parts two and three during August.] Every church has some kind of new project in the works, it seems. And of course most projects only work if you have the money to execute and support them. Whether it is a youth group that is trying to raise money to go to camp, a new addition to the church building that would be used ...

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The Worship Software Guide: Options for Every Church From Small to Mega

[Editor’s Note: These are the opinions of Jeremy Smith alone. Please direct all comments to him below in the comment section. Thanks! -CTT] My experience with software presentation has run the gambit from churches that live and die by PowerPoint because they do not want to take the time to learn anything else, to working directly with MediaShout developers to improve its, to finding myself today in a plethora of options for churches of any size and budget. As we are now living in a time with so many different options, many church techies find themselves excited by the possibilities while ...

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4 Tips to Improve Youth Ministry Social Media Failure

In the months of February, March, and April of 2014, I did an academic research project for my Masters degree at Denver Seminary that surveyed more than 800 youth workers in full-time, part-time, and volunteer roles at their churches regarding how they used social media personally and in ministry. Sifting through the data, I found that 73.1%% of youth workers believe that teenagers are on social media away too much, yet more than 45% of you are on social media at least 13 hours a week and over 72% of that is for personal use. Pew Research current statistics on social ...

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5 Tech Solutions to Bust the Summer Slump

It seems like life for the typical family is ruled by the K-12 calendar and so from September through May, we have regularity, structure for how ministry happens, and a general understanding of what attendance we can expect as well as general knowledge of the commitment level that volunteers have with your ministry. But then summer happens and everything seems to change. Programs end, special week long activities like summer camp or marriage conferences happen, and an overall flow of ministry is abruptly stopped. I call this the summer slump and it is so invasive. But if you have the ...

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10 Mobile Device Safeguards for Youth

Whether you are a youth pastor that works every day with high schoolers, a teacher in middle school, or a parent of children, you are looking out for these youth in so many aspects of life. One big area of need? Technology. More specifically, the revolution of mobile devices. It seems that nearly every child has some kind of mobile device. Whether it is an Android phone for children to call their parents in emergencies, Kindle tablets for reading, or an iPod for listening to music and watching movies, youth have a lot of power at their finger tips. At ...

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10 Easter Resources To Make Your Sunday Better

The Easter service is coming up on us fast and if you do not have the whole thing finished and polished, we want to give you guys some great Easter resources to make your service that much better. Here are 10 resources that will cover all parts of your church’s Easter Sunday service, including free motion graphics, small groups to watch the streaming sermon, mini movies to help lead into your sermon, and more. 1) Easter Graphic Set This is a great cost-effective graphic set for any church that is low on a budget but does not have the time ...

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Quit Asking for Tips, Develop a Social Media Strategy

One of the best parts about social media is when people can share ideas across networks that make them and you a better blogger, creator, and generally good person. In fact, that’s how I met Lauren (founder/owner of ChurchTechToday) for the first time, engaging with people on social media, looking for someone that understood church technology content far better than I did, and finding amazing inspiration through her Twitter links to great articles. The one drawback to social media is that we are always looking for that quick fix. The first question I always ask when I work with churches ...

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5 LinkedIn Ideas for Churches [Free ebook]

We want to set you up for success on LinkedIn, so we have come up with some great LinkedIn ideas for your church to use it well. Note that some of these ideas are perfect for large churches and others setup for small ones. 1) Have The Whole Staff Engaged As a senior pastor, why not write a recommendation and endorse all of the skills you see as a positive with your administration assistant, youth pastor, and everyone else on staff with you. At the same time, encourage other staff to use 10-30 minutes of their work time once a ...

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