December 19, 2014

About the author  ⁄ Steve Caton

Steve Caton is a husband, father of two boys, rabid Georgia Bulldog and part of the Leadership Team at Church Community Builder in Colorado Springs.

The Power of Technology for Spiritual Transformation

Planting a church is hard work, but Scott Bloyer was up for the challenge. In 2010, Scott and his wife Michelle moved back to his hometown of Aurora, Colorado, after spending 17 years in youth ministry around the United States. I was not a follower of Jesus when I lived here, and really I was not a nice person,” Scott says. “Bringing my kids back here was pretty intimidating, as they were going to hear some things about me that I wasn’t sure I wanted them to know. But we really felt like this was where God wanted us to ...

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Social Media: For Better or Worse

We all have that one friend on social media.  You know the guy I’m talking about; deep down he is probably a wonderful person, but when he is online he makes you cringe. We all have at least one. (Caution: If you can’t think of one…. It might be you).  We find ourselves making excuses for them, hiding them or if they are really bad, unfriending them. Social media is a way of life now. There is no going back. Someday Facebook may fade, or twitter no longer chirp, but it is highly unlikely that online, mobile friendly, relational software ...

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Cut Through the Noise with an Effective Church Communication Strategy

The Church has the most meaningful and important message of all time. It has the power to transform history, culture, and lives — and far too often, it’s lost in transmission. The famous line from Cool Hand Luke rings in my mind: “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” Unless you want to have a ‘failure to communicate’, your church needs an effective communication strategy. That is why I joined hundreds of churches gathering online for the recent #simplycommunicate conference hosted by Sayge Communication. Here are a few great ideas from the thought leaders at the conference. These can ...

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3 Things Your Church can Learn from Wikipedia

I was recently helping my son with his homework. He asked me a question about a concept and I was having difficulty explaining it well. So I consulted the resource every parent has relied on for generations: Wikipedia. There is something impressive about Wikipedia. It is a system maintained mostly by volunteers, using the expertise of its audience to improve and sustain the quality of its product. Is the information flawless? Well, no, but there’s no denying the impact of Wikipedia on the way we learn about certain topics. It has taken the power out of the hands of a ...

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Pastoral Crisis: Ministry Burnout [Infographic]

Staying in ministry may be harder than you think. Working in ministry can be the most fulfilling and challenging thing that someone can do with his or her life. Every year thousands of people answer the call to be a full-time minister, yet all too often, they find themselves struggling with burnout and considering a career change. There are a few steps that can help ministry leaders avoid this crisis. The Association of Theological Schools reports that there are 267 institutions in their association and that in 2013 there were 73,005 theological and seminary students. Despite their eagerness to enter ...

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4 Ways Technology Can Improve Volunteer Engagement

No matter your church’s size or type, all churches have one thing in common: people. Whether you are a church of 200 or 20,000, engaging volunteers is a key to success. Ephesians 4 calls churches to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. Effectively engaging volunteers can reduce the need for staff to manage your church’s activities. Here are four ways that you can use technology to improve volunteer engagement: 1) Help people serve according to their gifts. Are you using a bullhorn to find volunteers? Searching via pulpit announcement may generate volunteers, but are they serving based ...

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Connecting Your Church’s Digital Presence to Ministry Effectiveness

As someone who works in ministry but also values technology, you understand why having an effective digital presence is critical for churches. However, there are probably people in your church who don’t understand why your church’s website is so important. Despite the fact that 70 percent of your church’s first-time guests will visit your website before they decide to attend, some church leaders can’t make the connection between your digital presence and ministry effectiveness. This can be a tough change for some leaders because they remember a day when churches didn’t have websites and dynamic online content. Tracking your church’s ...

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3 Ways Technology Helps Overcome Multisite Challenges

There’s no denying the impact technology has made in the way we do ministry, especially over the past two decades. And no one knows that more than multisite churches. Without technology, we would have never been able to live stream a service across multiple venues or communicate effectively between campuses. However, this has created a whole new set of questions the Church has been forced to answer… How do we ensure that that there’s continuity among all of our campuses? What can we do to make sure everyone who’s part of our church has the same opportunity for growth? What ...

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How to Use Technology to Measure Spiritual Growth

How do you measure spiritual growth? And how do you identify the places and ministries in which spiritual growth is likely? Answering those questions has always seemed a bit elusive for many church leaders. Spiritual development is at the core of who we are and what we do in ministry. It can be measured, but not by numbers, attendance, or some mathematical matrix. People need to be known. When they are, we can more fully understand their desire to follow what they know God has said. The best way to measure spiritual growth Many churches today substitute participation for spiritual ...

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