Why Your Church Should Be On Snapchat

May 31, 2016 3:53:20 PM

I’m sure you’ve seen it lately — the white ghost in front of the yellow background. 

It seems like this white ghost is everywhere these days. That’s because Ghostface Chillah (the ghost’s official name) is the mascot of the fastest growing social media app: Snapchat.  

You might be thinking, “What does Snapchat have to do with my church?”

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5 Ways You Can Improve the Performance of Your Volunteers

May 25, 2016 12:50:11 PM

You have a problem. A volunteer is consistently performing below expectations.

Maybe he shows up late or makes it a habit to cancel at the last minute. Maybe, despite tutorials and advice, she just isn’t doing the job as well as it needs to be done. What should you do?

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[Exceedingly Enough:] Why Do We Do What We Do?

May 24, 2016 9:31:38 AM

 

I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.’

(John 5:30 ESV)

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How to Keep Strong Ties With Your Church Community This Summer

May 19, 2016 11:02:41 AM

Summer is the season when the grass comes up and church attendance goes down.

Many congregations experience declining attendance during the summer for various reasons: people go on vacation, there are more family activities to compete with, there’s yard work to be done.

While your church should do everything in its power to encourage people to attend services this summer, some decline is inevitable. However, this can be a good opportunity to make the most of live video streaming.

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The Top 5 Ministry Books Every Thoughtful Pastor Should Read

May 18, 2016 2:03:26 PM


Ministry is hard.

But as we learn in Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety” (ESV).

Though you can find this “abundance of counselors” in friends and family, one of the best ways to seek counsel is to read books by godly men. Below are 5 books that I found encouraging while serving in pastoral ministry. It is my prayer that they encourage your heart as well.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Worship Service on Your Live Stream

May 12, 2016 10:44:47 AM

Take a moment to imagine a Sunday at your church. It probably consists of fellowship, congregational prayer, worship through song, Scripture reading, and the preaching of the Word.

Though worship is one of these main components, it often gets the short stick when it comes to your live video stream.

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7 Tech Companies Mixing Things Up in the Church World

May 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM


It's been proven that churches that embrace change, including the use of technology in their services, are more likely to thrive and grow.

So, it makes sense that the world of “church tech” is expanding. Keeping track of all the new technological innovations can be tricky, so we’ve done our best to highlight the biggest movers and shakers. Below are seven church tech companies that have gone above and beyond to help churches in ministry.

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An Amazing Thing Can Happen When You Know Your Online Audience

May 5, 2016 5:37:39 PM

Take a moment to consider who you could reach with a live video stream.

The people tuning in online likely include a mix of the housebound, travelers, members who’ve moved away and can no longer attend, people temporarily under the weather and those who’ve never been to your church but who found it online and want to learn more.

It’s an eclectic group, one that changes in size and membership with each broadcast. But it remains unseen. The live stream viewers are unaware of who else is watching. And, despite the presence of cameras, it can be easy for your congregation to forget there is an audience other than the one sitting in front of them - those in attendance simply do not think about those watching remotely. 

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Are Your Archived Streams Are Actually Important?

Apr 28, 2016 12:15:11 PM

 

When most people think about live video streaming services, they tend to focus on what’s happening that day or on the coming Sunday. Live streaming is, after all, primarily about immediacy and helping viewers to share in a celebration that they can’t attend.

But there’s another aspect to live streaming that is often overlooked — the archived version of events that were just streamed.

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4 Ways to Make a Great Church Website

Apr 26, 2016 8:46:35 AM

 

In an online world that is becoming increasingly saturated with content, the task of creating a standout church website can seem daunting.

At Compass, we’ve had the opportunity to launch over a hundred websites. In this post, we set out to answer one simple question: what makes a great church website?

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