Why Your Church Should Be On Snapchat

May 31, 2016

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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How Do I Set Up a Single Camera Stream for Baseball?

May 26, 2016

Screenshot of Emory University's baseball program 

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5 Ways You Can Improve the Performance of Your Volunteers

May 25, 2016

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

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)

If you’re interested in a humbling exercise, grab a pen and a notebook. As the day goes on, write a check mark for every decision you make. Here’s the catch: differentiate each mark by whether your decision was primarily motivated by a desire to please yourself or by a desire to please God.

If you’re anything like me, one side of your notebook will wind up with a bit more ink on it than it’s neighboring side. And it’s not the side I would have hoped for.

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How to Keep Strong Ties With Your Church Community This Summer

May 19, 2016

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

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

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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What is a Video Switcher (Mixer)? [Video]

May 11, 2016

If you're looking to enhance the value of your live stream, integrating multiple camera angles is a great way to get started.

How? By using a video switcher.  

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7 Tech Companies Mixing Things Up in the Church World

May 10, 2016

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

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5 Guiding Principles for a Powerful Church Website

May 08, 2016

The debate over whether churches need websites is over.

Despite a few holdouts, the consensus is that churches, particularly those that hope to thrive, need a presence online.

No one sets out to build a bad website, but some organizations don’t put enough strategic thought into it and throw up a confusing mix of art, information and graphics, making it difficult to navigate and hard to interact with.

While companies like Squarespace, WordPress, or FaithConnector have taken a lot of the guesswork out of designing a site, there are some key principles to keep in mind:

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6 Important Things You Need to Host an Awesome Graduation Ceremony

May 05, 2016

The power of live video streaming a graduation

It’s that time of year again: colleges, high schools, junior highs, elementary schools and pre-schools are gearing up for their graduation ceremonies.

These ceremonies, though entirely symbolic, are often included in the list of people’s most important life moments. They celebrate the culmination of tireless work, late nights, some failures, more successes, and individual growth.

That means that as an organizer or a host of a graduation ceremony, there's a lot riding on your shoulders. Below are certain things you should consider to ensure your graduation ceremony is flawless.

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An Amazing Thing Can Happen When You Know Your Online Audience

May 05, 2016

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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