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Technology
Lauren Hunter has shared a list of 12 church technology goals for your church for the year.  I think these are an excellent start for ANY church.  You don’t have to be a huge church to do these things… in fact, most are free or very low cost! And the thing I like about them is that they are measurable… and we all know that the things that are measured are the things that get done.  Here are the first six… then you can head over to Lauren’s blog for the other six. 12 Possible Church Technology Goals for 2012:
  1. Blog at least once a week.
  2. Update the church Facebook and Twitter accounts on a daily basis.
  3. Update the church website daily or weekly.
  4. Send regular email newsletters to congregation (include video if you can).
  5. Make better use of church management software to track involvement.
  6. Make sure to follow up with visitors as quickly as possible through email, snail mail, a phone call, or a visit.
Visit here to see the other six goals. What are YOUR church’s tech goals this year?  Do you have any?  Will you adopt any of these?
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Trends
Margaret Feinberg recently pointed out that Nielsen just came out with a new social media report showing almost 1/4th of Americans’ time on the internet is spent on blogs and social media. Winning by a landslide, Facebook is the leading social website in the US.* More minutes were spent on Facebook, both at work and at home, than 75 times the second leading social network, Blogger: Facebook- 53,457,258 minutes Blogger- 723,793 Tumblr- 623,525 Twitter- 565,156 LinkedIn- 325,679 In terms of Web brands, Facebook had 3 times the minutes spent on it than leading #2 brand, Yahoo. Facebook- 53.5 billion minutes Yahoo- 17.2 Google- 12.5 via Margaret Feinberg.
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Technology
Chris Elrod writes:
I truly believe that the onslaught of social media, constant barrage of text messages, unlimited interruptions by email and the perpetual buzzing of a cell phone…has created such a wall of sound in our lives…that we can no longer can hear from God. In the 21st Century the quest for food is no longer the driving force that pulls us from our quest for God.  What pulls us from our quest for God is the quest for…connectivity.  We get distracted from connecting with God to connect with our families through texting, our friends through Facebook and the world through Twitter. We allow our churches to pay for retreats, conferences and events for us to connect with God…yet commit the sin of poor stewardship by spending the entire time with our thumbs flailing on the smartphone keyboard.  We stand in the  pulpit and declare that God has given us a vision and word…yet we never actually hear it because we fail to shut off the computer, smartphone, e-reader or electronic tablet.  We lay awake in fear at night worrying if we are leading our congregations down the wrong road…but not in enough fear to block out the beeps, buzzes, ring tones and pop-up screens.
via The Fast Pastors Really Need « CHRIS ELROD. What do YOU think?  Has social media taken over your life?  Are you addicted?  Should you go on a social media fast?
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