I wasn't checking email...I promise!

Posted by Chad Lemon | 4:46 AM | | 2 comments »

Bible Gateway, a great resource for online scripture, among other things, recently noted that the greatest amount of traffic to their mobile site, mobile.biblegateway.com, is none other than Sunday morning during church.

It was comforting to know it's not just me.

Should we be encouraging people to use their mobile devices to access the Word on Sunday mornings (or whenever they worship) in order to help them become aware that the scripture is often no further away than their belt clip or purse during the rest of the week?

P.S. If you've not seen Bible Gateway's Bible-in-a-year via RSS and email, you may want to take a look. If you have trouble keeping yourself on track, having your reading show up with your regular news reading could be helpful.

Church 2.0 face-lift

Posted by Kevin Rush | 4:04 AM | , | 1 comments »

Just gave the old C2.0-the blog a face lift. Come check it out...


More importantly - What questions do you have about Technology and the Church?

We want to address relevant topics so let us know.

I just got an email from the YouVersion team
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This October, YouVersion Live will give you a brand new way to interact with live events like church services, conferences, and more. Want to know how you’ll be able to use it?

Join us for a live webinar: Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00-3:00 PM CDT at http://www.youversion.com/live

LifeChurch.tv Pastor, Innovation Leader Bobby Gruenewald and Digerati Pastor Terry Storch will guide you through YouVersion Live and show you how this free new tool can work in your environment.

• What will it look like to use this in a church service or other live experience?
• As a communicator, how can I use it to help people get more out of my message?
• How will people find a live experience?
• What will it take to set up an experience ahead of time?
• How likely is it that people around me will be able to use it?

Get answers to these questions and have a chance to ask your own during this free webinar. To join us, just go to http://www.youversion.com/live on Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00 CDT. Hope to see you there!

The YouVersion team
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So mark it on your calendars!

YouVersion Live looks amazing. Check out this ChurchCrunch Exclusive of YouVersion Live with Tony Steward.

YouVersion Live Exclusive from John on Vimeo.



Own the Mix

Posted by Kevin Rush | 5:33 AM | , , , | 1 comments »

Own the Mix is an awesome site for your sound guys/audio team. If you are a church leader and value excellence in all of your ministries you need to get this.

Imagine the best in audio giving your team tutorial and tips of how to better your worship ministry. Imagine having access to a group of the best audio techs on the plant at anytime. It does cost $20/mo or $200/yr, but it would be worth it for your team until they have developed.

Kiosk3

I've seen some companies try to push this, but Granger Community Church is the first place I've seen adopt them.

Check out Tim Steven's and Mark Beeson's blog posts on why they added them.

I never have cash on me. If it wasn't for online giving with automatic withdraw, I'm not sure I would give on a regular basis. I know that's bad coming from a Pastor, but it's true.

Do you think online giving and giving kiosks detract from the worship aspect of giving/offering/tithing?

DreamHost

DreamHost is offering FREE web hosting for Non-profits.  Yes Church, this means you!

Click here to see how you sign-up.

I am sure that most of you have heard, but I thought I should give these two FREE conferences a plug anyhow.


THE NINES - On 9/9/09 Leadership Network and Caltayst is having a conference from 9:09a CDT and will be approximately 9 hours. Each speaker will have 9mins to communicate one thing, idea or principle to you.



THE FORUM - presented by LifeChurch.tv, Southeastern University, and 316 Network on Sept 10-11th looks to be a very high quality, high impact leadership conference.


You will want to check both of these out, and why not, they are FREE!


The culture and industries are making the shift to social media.



Has your church?


Truth Advertising just put out 8 Keys to Effective Word of Mouth Advertising in there latest newsletter.  They are...
  1. Give people something positive to say
  2. Be the church “that”
  3. Make it easy for your members to invite others
  4. Throw a party
  5. Don’t do boring types of marketing
  6. Put your pastor’s picture in your direct mail cards
  7. Be Relevant
  8. Be the church that changes lives
My favorite one is #8 followed by #4.  My least favorite one is #6.
What is your favorite and least favorite?  What would you add to the list?