Helping Digital Ministries Avoid Privacy Disasters

The design decisions you make can have life-altering repercussions. We like to think that our actions are always good and will bring someone closer to God. Yet our digital worlds are very connected. Not everyone is ready to broadcast they are a Christian. How you design your campaigns and features impacts your users. This article explores are few digital privacy pitfalls, and how to avoid them.
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Can Your Content be Weaponized?

Words and images can hurt. Those originating by our friends and family can hurt more. And those that have the supposed backing of religion can be devastating. Curate your digital ministry’s content to prevent these kinds of scars. This article goes into various ways your well-meaning content can lead to pain.
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Finding the Tipping Point for Digital Ministries

The concept of “going viral” is not new to the Internet. Many news stories, videos, and images have all enjoyed their few moments of online fame. Yet how do you do the same for your digital ministries? In this article I will summarize one aspect of how things become popular; the people involved.
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Avoid the Summer Slump with Digital

Summers are typically seasons where ministries languish. A steady stream of distractions keep congregations away from regular church services. Vacations keep members occupied on weekends. Children are home from school make weekdays hectic. Here are a few things you do to prepare for the summer slump.
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Appreciating Social Media Logistics

You often do not think about how the tomato in your grocery story got there. You are just happy to have tomatoes. The same goes for social media posts. There are typically many people involved in posting content. Use the information here to help others understand just how complex the journey is for your social media posts.
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Avoiding Your Digital Ministry Wilderness

Have you tried to get a new digital ministry started, only to have it shot down? I am sure there were many reasons why. That platform is dangerous. We do not have any time to waste. Our congregation does not use the Internet. Despite the arguments, there are steps you can take to overcome adversity.
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Your Social Media Miranda Rights

Social media can be a fantastic tool to promote the message of the Gospel. It can also be a weapon used against the church. This can be a result of poor security practices. It can also be a post that is sent by mistake. You may not have any real rights on the Internet. But this article provides guidelines you should follow using the famous Miranda Rights.
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CWS Podcast – Ep 79: Repurposing Your Content For Bigger Impacts

cws-podcast-logoOne problem most churches face is consistent content production. Regular updates tell users you are an active congregation, regardless of your size. It also gives search engines new pages to index. Plus, active pages rank higher in search results. But who has the time to create regular updates? You do. In this podcast I will tell you where you can easily repurpose content for multiple channels of communication.
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Using Digital Tools to Celebrate Anniversaries

Anniversaries matter. They serve as a reminder of milestones in our lives. From birthdays to wedding anniversaries, we celebrate stages in our life. Your church needs to celebrate faith journey milestones with your members. This is easier than it sounds, especially with digital tools and social media.
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Make Technology Personal in your Church

Many people dislike the introduction of technology into their church. They may feel that it removes that comfortable, personal touch. Yet I contest there are ways to make a process digital, but still personable. Show how using technology does not mean only working with a machine. By using trained church members, you can help digital interactions. Show how to extend the church experience throughout the week with social media.
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Breaking Down Silos: Church Teams

Do not create church digital experiences without consulting others in your church. This sounds simple enough, but it happens all too often. The web team changes the website and the address on printed material is no longer valid. You also need to ensure the opposite does not happen. Your youth ministry leader may start a social media account without anyone else knowing. Here are a few tools for keeping lines of communication open and flowing.
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