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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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Technology
You know I love press releases.  Here’s one I received yesterday.  My question.  Great idea or one of the worst ever?  You decide… Here’s the press release:

Visionaries and owners Chad and Stephani Olson explain that with the Internet becoming the standard for gaining information, churchshoppers.com helps American families find the most compatible home church based on important areas of preference, including, denomination, location, preaching and music style, ministries offered and more.

Using sophisticated search engines, Churchshoppers allows searchers to enter criterion based on a variety of preferences. Search results are provided from a base of over 100,000 churches and ministries of all denominations. Their results provide complete profiles of the churches, including web addresses, photo images and even a video welcome message from the Pastor. In addition, churches may make use of Churchshoppers directory at very affordable rates. Services to churches include a detailed church profile with audio and visual capabilities, quarterly traffic inquiry report upon request, monthly E-zines on church marketing and growth, Google mapping features, as well as special online forums on church marketing “Our mission is to match individuals and families to the church that best fits their personal preferences and spiritual compatibilities and in turn see Bible believing churches grow and flourish. We are not the typical Church Directory, but more like a match making site, pairing the right people to the right church,” says Olson. Visitors to churchshoppers.com will find the site easily because of its high visibility through national and local search engine phrase/optimization, along with a host of community link sources which provide visitors to the site with a user-friendly means of searching for a church. Churchshoppers.com’s focus is to help those people who are away from home, re-locating to a new area, or simply need a fresh start, narrow down the field from hundreds of churches to a select group of churches with whom they share deep levels of compatibility. So… great idea or horrible one? Would your church utilize or pay for such a service? Would this service be more for people looking to change churches, or seekers looking to find a first-time church? Todd
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