About the author  ⁄ Lauren Hunter

Lauren Hunter is a freelance writer, consultant and blogger who loves the Lord and desires to encourage churches to better use technology to improve every aspect of ministry. Her blog, ChurchTechToday, was born out of a need to find a place to discuss how technology can impact the Church in positive ways.

5 Critical Guidelines for Children’s Ministry Volunteers [Free ebook]

Volunteers are the backbone of any ministry. Even a large church cannot run its children’s ministry solely with paid staff—they need to develop a solid core of reliable volunteers. In some cases, recruitment can be challenging. However, that does not mean you should ever compromise on your standards for volunteers. Your volunteers are the first line of defense in keeping kids safe and secure within your ministry. They should be people of good character who are spiritually sound and trustworthy, and who have been through the background check process your church has put in place. People want to be part ...

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Outreach, Inc. Acquires Christian Computing Magazine and American Church Magazine

Our church tech friends over at Christian Computing Magazine shared an exciting announcement with us today: Outreach, Inc., a world leader in church communications, publishing and media, announced the firm’s acquisition of Christian Computing Magazine and The American Church Magazine, published by Christian Digital Publishers, Inc. for the past 25 years. Christian Computing has provided tools and practical advice to churches and individuals seeking to better use technology in their ministry, and The American Church encourages and resources pastors who may be struggling to save troubled churches or are attempting to navigate the difficult process of starting or planting a church. ...

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Today’s Tech: SendTree

Does your church struggle to get people to engage with church events whether it’s the potluck lunch, the Bible study, or youth group? More and more, text messaging is becoming a wonderful tool to utilize to engage with more attenders. Today, I sat down for a video chat with Broc Seib, Founder of SendTree. SendTree is a new text messaging solution to help churches connect via text messages. With SendTree, you can send entire church-wide text messages, as well as group text messages for each ministry. They offer a pay by text model with a low $9 monthly fee to ...

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April News & Thanks

We’re so thankful for all our April sponsors and wanted to give them a shout out to show our appreciation. Each company listed below aims to serve churches with their Kingdom-minded solutions for ministry. I highly recommend you take a look at the church technology solutions they offer. Below is a quick list of each sponsor and their latest company news or blog post: Premier Sponsors Church Community Builder 3 Kinds of Insider Language That Keep People Away From Your Church Elexio 6 Website Tips To Keep Your Church Community Connected Kindrid The Value of Digital Giving via Text [Tweet “Want to sponsor ...

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Ministry Brands Builds Church Powerhouse, Acquires Shelby Systems

When Ministry Brands first entered the scene in 2012, they were flying under the radar. No one had heard of them–few have heard of them now. Yet while few have knowledge of this church technology up-and-coming powerhouse, they have been quietly behind the scenes partnering and purchasing church technology companies right and left to build something that hasn’t been done before: a collection of like-minded, Kingdom-focused church technology brands focused on serving churches and ministries around the globe with world-class innovative technology solutions. It’s radical, and it just might work. In early 2012, Ross Croley met Ben Sealey, the founder of ...

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5 Steps to a Solid Children’s Ministry Foundation [Free ebook]

Setting up, improving, and running a children’s ministry program is no small task. From curriculum to volunteer coordination to classroom setup to safety and security, there are many facets to the equation that add up to a successful program. Whether your ministry is brand new or centuries old, it is vital to evaluate from year to year to improve upon the well-being—both physical and spiritual—of the children your church serves. When parents bring their children to church, they are entrusting a part of their spiritual development to the teachers and staff. They’re also putting their child’s physical safety in the ...

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March News & Thanks

Thanks to all our great sponsor partners for the month of March! It’s always a joy to count our blessings, and we’re especially grateful for these amazing church technology companies who support ChurchTechToday. The companies below have a true desire to see the Church helped, edified, and grown through all available resources. Below is a quick list of each sponsor and their latest company news or blog post: Premier Sponsors Church Community Builder 3 Reasons Leaders Need to Prepare for Ministry Crises Cool Solutions Group 6 Questions to Challenge Your Church Facility Technical Know-How Elexio 3 Reasons to Nix the Creative ...

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Easter Resource Roundup

With Easter fast approaching, we thought we’d share a few resources with you as you prepare to promote your Easter services and look for last-minute resources to complete your service preparations. In the list of articles below, you’ll find insightful tips, free videos, graphics, devotional guides, a free ebook, and great tips on how to think through communicating Easter as an outreach to potential church visitors: Are Your Easter Service Times on Your Website? [Church Marketing Sucks] Free Easter Social Graphics [Church Marketing Sucks] Free Easter Download: Before the Throne of God Above [ChurchLeaders.com] Free Easter Devotional Guide [Billy Graham Evangelistic ...

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Today’s Tech: Kindrid Giving [Video]

This is the third in our “Today’s Tech” series of Google Hangout interviews with ChurchTechToday sponsors. Kindrid is a company rocking the “giving” boat with a new take on digital giving. Their focus is helping churches use mobile phones for giving via text and in-app giving. To learn more, watch my interview with co-founder of Kindrid, Leighton Cusack: Every Kindrid church customers receives the following marketing materials to get going: Customized slides, Customize contact card (for emailing out) Customized printable cards Video explaining how to make a first gift For all of the above, we provide both the finished files and the ...

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February News & Thanks

Thanks to all our great sponsor partners for the month of February! It’s always a joy to count our blessings, and we’re especially grateful for these amazing church technology companies who support ChurchTechToday. The companies below have a true desire to see the Church helped, edified, and grown through all available resources. Below is a quick list of each sponsor and their latest company news or blog post: Premier Sponsors Church Community Builder 3 Reasons Leaders Need to Prepare for Ministry Crises Cool Solutions Group 6 Questions to Challenge Your Church Facility Technical Know-How Elexio 3 Reasons to Nix the Creative ...

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