Lauren Hunter is a writer who loves the big picture of God’s journey we are all on together. In 2007, she founded ChurchTechToday, a website for pastors and church leaders to harness technology to improve ministry. Married to her high school sweetheart, Lauren lives in Northern California with her husband and their four children. Her latest book is Leaving Christian Science: 10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ. She can be found online at https://laurenhunter.net.
In the early days of ChurchTechToday, I occasionally wrote more personal articles that reflected technology use at my own church. In 2011 for my 10-year salvation anniversary, I even shared my testimony of leaving Christian Science and finding Jesus. More recently, God placed it on my heart to strike out as an author. I found that there were still many still entrenched in Christian Science theology within my own family, and I spent time praying and asking God to direct me in my writing and pursuit of work that would glorify him.
The past week has brought with it monumental change for church leadership. No one has ever prepared for this scenario, and it is ever-evolving. I reside in the State of California, the first state in the Union to issue a 'Shelter in Place' order for the entire state. Other states are sure to follow with similar orders. In order to help churches adapt to the changing requirements, we are here to offer practical advice for church operations.
Worship is the whole of your church service, yet the music tends to be the focus when we use the term, ‘worship.’ Many worship leaders and music directors understand the fundamentals of worship as a whole, and most have significant musical training. Yet, there are some major issues with many worship sets you may encounter. If done, these issues tend to throw off your congregation.
In the last 15 years of writing and publishing about church technology, I’ve seen quite a few websites come and go. Some folks start out with gusto only to find that publishing excellent content on a regular basis can’t be a hobby if success is the goal. One such site, Church Relevance, which was founded by Kent Shaffer in 2006, is under new ownership and quickly gaining traction in providing valuable content and insight for church leaders.
Facebook has added the ability to upload video for your church's Facebook page cover. This is exciting news because it means that visitors have one additional way to preview your church, aside from your church website. In this article, we'll walk you through the simple steps to update your Facebook cover with video to have an even better impact in your community.
You’re in a pinch. Your church graphics designer isn’t free, you’ve maxed out your budget, and you need to quickly edit those social media images for the Facebook event launch. What do you do? You could use one of the many free online photo editing tools available. Thankfully, there are quite a few to choose from.
Searching online for information about people, places, products, and organizations is commonplace in our digital age. Most of us are doing multiple searches daily or even hourly. Tools like Google Places and Yelp provide valuable information about the establishments we want to visit, like restaurants, stores, schools, and even churches. These tools give searchers a context and a place to refine and narrow their searches as they navigate the vast sea of information online.
Creating and sharing visual graphics as a part of your church communication strategy can be extremely valuable and very social-media focused. So many of us are now conditioned to scan visual graphics for content that we’re interested in.
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