About the author  ⁄ Lauren Hunter

Lauren Hunter is an entrepreneur, freelance writer, and founder of ChurchTechToday, where she encourages churches to better use technology to improve every aspect of ministry. She's also a wife to a pretty awesome coach, mom of four great kids, worship leader, and poet.

Online Giving Fundamentals for Churches

Millennials are making up an increasing number of church attendees, and this generation doesn't carry cash or check. Even older folks are choosing debit cards and online payments over paper payments. Churches, however, struggle to find ways to process online donations, gifts, and offerings that do not eat into their bottom line. ...

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Amazing Facebook Facts & Stats [Infographic]

Facebook is still one of the primary social networks that churches should utilize to reach people for Christ. Whether connecting with current attenders, sharing events, or reaching out to the community, Facebook offers some unique advantages: ...

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The Screen Generation: Are We All Going Blind? [Infographic]

Although technology is capable of doing many wonderful things in our lives in many areas, screens do have their affect on our bodies, especially our eyes. Juggling 2+ digital screens is now the norm as we multitask to get through the work day and our down time. And digital media consumption has never been higher. ...

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Changing State of Church Technology Industry

In the past several years, the church technology industry has undergone many changes that have encouraged some, while discouraging others. As technology advancements continue, new companies start up and newcomers to the church tech industry enter and acquire firms to consolidate and rebuild. More recently, private equity firms have entered the space getting involved in acquisitions and shifting resources to various technology firms in order to position for growth and financial gain. All these moves cause disruption - to tech companies as well as the churches they serve; change is never easy. ...

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25 Features of a Powerful Church Website

The church website is still one of the most useful ways to draw in new visitors and reach the community. While social media gets most of the press these days, it's important to revisit your church website from time to time to make sure that it's meeting your needs and matching up with your goals for both inreach (within your church) and outreach (into the community). ...

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May News & Thanks

This month, we're shared some insights with you about how to use a church app more successfully, how to produce a more useful church bulletin, plus rules for how to engage with people online. We've also added a few new contributing voices to our writing staff and look forward to the insight they will share with us this summer. As always, our goal is to provide free, relevant, and useful church technology information and resources to church leaders. ...

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Free Open Source Church Management Software, Rock RMS, Changes Market

What's really great about working in the same industry for nearly 20 years is that every so often a company comes along that really shakes things up and redefines what can be done. One such company is Rock RMS, run by Spark Development Network, a nonprofit organization that built the powerful, open-source Rock RMS software. Rock RMS is somewhat of a newcomer in the church management software space, having gone through beta and version one release in 2014, then becoming financially independent as Spark Development Network. With more than 1,000 downloads and church plants on up through mega multisite churches hopping ...

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10 Great Church Website Resources

Church websites are important business. Aside from word of mouth, they are the next most popular way for people to hear about your church. If your site doesn't have current information, locations and times for services, along with mission and doctrinal statements - plus a host of other ways for people to connect - chance are you might be losing potential visitors. Below, I've rounded up 10 articles from around the web that offer fantastic advice on how to improve your church website. Your church website truly is your digital front door and can't be ignored. ...

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Benefits of Cloud Computing [Infographic]

We've written many times here on ChurchTechToday about cloud computing, first known as SaaS or web-based software. While many church management software systems began as desktop, or installed software, most offer some kind of hybrid options these days, or have gone even completely cloud-based to be accessible anywhere, anytime via the internet. ...

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Nonprofit Software Helps Churches Conserve Charitable Resources

It's a win-win for all involved when technology can assist organizations in working well together for a common good. Such a thing has been accomplished by Simon Solutions, a software firm in Florence, Alabama. Built to reduce and eliminate duplicating resources to people and agencies in need, both by accident or fraud, the software they created called CharityTracker enables churches, nonprofits, and relief agencies to share resources and work together online. ...

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