January 28, 2015

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.

Today’s Tech: Cool Solutions Group [Video]

Last month we kicked off our first Google Hangout on Air with DialMyCalls to give churches a better idea of what it looks like to communicate via voice, text, and email with a messaging solutions provider. This week, we’d like to share with you some valuable information about how to better steward your facilities through technology. I sat down with Tim Cool, founder of Cool Solutions Group, to gain a better understanding of what his company offers churches. Not only is Tim “cool,” he has some incredible insights and best practices for churches to better manage their facilities. His company ...

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Why Students Start Seminary [Infographic]

Understanding why people go to seminary is an interesting study. This infographic includes information from a survey given to incoming students at schools in The Association of Theological Schoools (ATS) in 2011-2012. Here are a few of the stats: 81% of all incoming seminary students do not expect to have a parish ministry position. Less than half of all incoming students plan to be ordained. School websites account for more incoming students than all traditional advertising combined. So why do people attend seminary? Here’s some insight: ...

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10 First-Time Guests Giveaways

Providing guest take-aways, or giveaways, for first time visitors to your church is a great way to get thought-provoking Gospel materials into the hands of people who are looking for answers to spiritual questions. I recently visited a church in a different town that inspired me to research this idea of church “swag.” I hadn’t thought much about giving freebies away as a strategy to provoke thought and encourage guests to engage after the service. The church I was visiting with my family gave away paperback copies of The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel. They had baskets by the ...

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Elexio Launches Text to Give

Marked as one of the most desired giving options for 2015, Elexio church software has just added text-to-give to their line-up of integrated features for churches. We interviewed Emily Kantner, Communication Specialist for Elexio, about the text-to-give details and why Elexio has added these features: Why has Elexio added text giving? What evidence have you seen that this is a feature that will get used? Text to Give is just one more way that churches can make giving faster and easier for their people—especially for guests or first-time givers that don’t want to take the time to create an account ...

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December News & Thanks

With Christmas behind us and New Years Day just around the corner, we wanted to stop and take a moment to say thank you to our valued site sponsors who make ChurchTechToday possible. We’re blessed to work with some amazing church technology sponsors who 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 The Power of Technology for Spiritual Transformation Elexio 5 End-of-Year Financial Tips for Churches Want to sponsor ChurchTechToday to showcase your ...

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Millennials & Charity: How to Get Involved [Infographic]

Despite the fact that the Millennial Generation is often pegged a the “me me me” generation, they are not only giving in record numbers, they are remaking the way charities do their work. In fact, every year, more millennials are donating their money to charities: 87% in 2013 83% in 2012 75% in 2011 For more interesting facts and figures about millennial giving, check out this insightful infographic from Mint below: ...

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Take Your Church Social Media to the Next Level with Consulting

Churches feel pain when it comes to social media. It’s often the “dark hole” of church communications in that people struggle to know where and how to begin, where to focus, and why they need to be connecting via social media in the first place. We’re no strangers to hearing this struggle, that’s why we’ve written and shared eight different free ebooks on social media over the past couple of years. You can download these any time right here from ChurchTechToday. When Josh Burns and Justin Wise reached out to us and shared their vision for Social Church Academy, we were ...

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas [Church Parody]

[Thanks to our sponsor, Church Community Builder, for sharing this funny – yet so true – parody of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.] ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the church Stress levels were rising for old Mr. Burch. The chairs were still stacked in the back of the room; He hoped the volunteers would show up real soon. The children were all on their sixth candy cane As their parents’ cars started to turn down the lane; The parking attendants wore bright orange vests While I walked to the foyer and hoped for the best. Watch the ...

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How to Work a Room [Infographic]

Anytime is a good time to brush up on your social skills. It’s especially helpful to do so when the holidays approach and parties roll around. Whether you’re a seasoned party pro or more of a wallflower, these tips from Susan RoAne’s best-seller, How to Work a Room, are most helpful: 1) Prepare 2) Enter 3) Meet and Mingle 4) Breaking and Entering 5) Exit Gracefully and Move On And don’t forget to smile!       ...

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Today’s Tech: DialMyCalls [Video]

Today we’re launching a new Google Hangout on Air video series wherein we profile one of our site sponsors to give you a first-hand glimpse into what they offer and how it will be helpful to your church. During our first Hangout, I sat down with Chris Greene, National Sales Executive for DialMyCalls. In this call we address the multifaceted communication needs that face the church and how their solution helps pastors, youth leaders, small group leaders, and ministers of every kind communicate with church attenders via email, voice, text, and more. DialMyCalls has been gracious enough to offer ChurchTechToday ...

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