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  • Digital Well-Being: Sabbath as a Circuit Breaker

    Digital Well-Being: Sabbath as a Circuit Breaker

    About six weeks into my DCE internship, I was planning to leave town on my day off for the first time. There was an event taking place at the church while I would be gone, and though I...

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  • Going a Step beyond Skill Sets: Training Current Staff Rather Than Hiring

    Going a Step beyond Skill Sets: Training Current Staff Rather Than Hiring

    His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”—Matthew 25:21

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  • Writing Job Descriptions That Foster a Teamwork Mentality

    Writing Job Descriptions That Foster a Teamwork Mentality

    Working for a church can be one of the most fulfilling career paths out there! Not only do you get paid to pursue your passion and serve God using the gifts and abilities He’s given...

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  • Church Management Software 301: Fundraising

    Church Management Software 301: Fundraising

    Fundraising is a hard topic, and I’ll admit at the outset that it’s one I struggle with. The problem is, of course, that it’s so easy to get the perspectives wrong. We can become so...

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  • Church Management Software 201: Assimilation

    Church Management Software 201: Assimilation

    So you’ve made good use of your Church Management Software (CMS), and you have some new prospective members who are beginning to interact with your congregation, perhaps even showing up...

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  • Building Landing Pages That Help You Achieve Your Goals

    Building Landing Pages That Help You Achieve Your Goals

    In my last post, I laid out what landing pages are and why they are important in communicating to your target audience. I wrote about how the retail industry uses landing pages, and...

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  • Introduction to Landing Pages

    Introduction to Landing Pages

    Landing pages. Maybe you have heard of them before, maybe you haven’t. Maybe you know all about them, maybe you don’t. Landing pages are not new, and we have all been sent to one,...

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  • Embedding Videos into Your Website

    Embedding Videos into Your Website

    I love how diverse our churches are. Of course, we all have the Gospel in common, and we also share many similar rites and ceremonies, but the way we dress, the type of music we use,...

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  • Church Management Software 101: Prospects

    Church Management Software 101: Prospects

    Anytime we set out to talk about ways to manage church members’ information, targeted advertising, or other efforts to use technology in outreach, we need to start from the right...

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  • Sharing the Gospel and the Lutheran Faith on Your Website

    Sharing the Gospel and the Lutheran Faith on Your Website

    Sociologists maintain that you can learn a lot about looking in people’s medicine cabinets. In the same vein, I believe a narthex tells a lot about a congregation. When I visit a...

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  • Creating a Communication Plan for a Large Project

    Creating a Communication Plan for a Large Project

    Nothing will stop a project faster than a lack of communication. To fill the gap, misinformation will quickly spread. This will lead to ever increasing amounts of frustration from...

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  • Basic CSS for Your Church Website

    Basic CSS for Your Church Website

    Once upon a time, when the web was young and HTML was new, each web page was its own self-contained piece of content. All of the content and formatting that was required for that page...

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  • Video File Types: Recommendations for Church Websites

    Video File Types: Recommendations for Church Websites

    One of the greatest blessings we have as a church is that we have such amazing ways to share our faith. In the past, information and stories had to be passed down orally. Later on,...

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  • Building Websites for Different Church and School Relationships

    Building Websites for Different Church and School Relationships

    Lutheran schools and churches have always gone hand in hand. Martin Luther, all the way back in 1530, wrote “A Sermon on Keeping Children in School,” and he was quite the revolutionary...

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  • Personalize Your Church Communication

    Personalize Your Church Communication

    We’ve all gotten them . . . the well-meaning envelope trying to notify us about an important upcoming event or to make sure we’re aware of the can’t-miss deal of the century. And you...

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  • Developing a Post-Easter Strategy for Your Church’s Website

    Developing a Post-Easter Strategy for Your Church’s Website

    Spring is in the air, and the church calendar is telling us Easter is almost here. But you’re not worried because you have done all that can possibly be done. The bulletin covers are...

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  • 15 Things Every Church Must Have in Its Technology Stack

    15 Things Every Church Must Have in Its Technology Stack

    When I was young, I used to collect and trade baseball cards with the other kids in the neighborhood. The cards we collected were not really worth much money, so whenever I tried to...

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  • Coordinating a Long Video Shoot outside Your Church

    Coordinating a Long Video Shoot outside Your Church

    Last month, I wrote an article about creating shorter videos for your church, but sometimes, a story can take a little longer than two minutes to tell. While many of the concepts behind...

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  • How to Invite Website Visitors to Opt into an Ongoing Relationship

    How to Invite Website Visitors to Opt into an Ongoing Relationship

    Most people think that a website is an end goal for any online effort. But it’s not. The final goal is to let people know they will find Jesus in the Church, and we want them to come...

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  • Protecting Your Church Members’ Privacy

    Protecting Your Church Members’ Privacy

    If you’ve purchased anything in the last twenty or so years, you’ve almost certainly experienced it: that moment when you get to the register to purchase an inconsequential item,...

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