Asset Tracking For Churches
Aug27

Asset Tracking For Churches

Churches, just like businesses, need certain items to operate. These may include buildings, office equipment, electronic devices, furniture and let’s not forget about musical equipment. Depending on the size of the church, these items can accumulate very quickly and become problematic to keep track of. That is where asset tracking comes into play. In the following infographic, the team at Asset Panda takes a look at asset tracking for churches.

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How Churches Are Using Evolving Technologies To Minister
Apr30

How Churches Are Using Evolving Technologies To Minister

A new study by The Barna Group looks at how Protestant churches across the nation are using various forms of emerging technology to influence people’s lives and enliven their church experience. However, the study reveals that the pace of technology adoption seems to have slowed in the past two years as some churches focus upon making the most of what they already have, and other churches attempt to get by without incorporating such tools into their ministry mix. “Those tools included large screens used for showing video imagery; showing movie clips and other video segments during church events; sending email blasts to all or portions of the congregation; operating a church website; offering a blog site or pages for interaction with church leaders; maintaining a page on behalf of the church on one or more social networking sites; providing podcasts for people to listen to; and receiving programming and training via a satellite dish,” said a Barna Group news release. In my opinion, the church often seems to be behind the secular world when it comes to technology when in all reality they should be ahead of the game. GodTube which is a Christian YouTube of sorts and MyChurch which is likened to MySpace are just a couple of examples. Still all the same, churches should work hard to at least keep pace. That means that churches should at the very least try to incorporate multi-media and video within church services, have a web site that is frequently updated, utilize blogging software to publish church related content, and get involved with social media. Of course this is not always possible with very small churches that have limited talent and resources. More on the actual statistics of how churches are using these evolving technologies at...

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How Does the Church Handle Crisis Communication?
Feb20

How Does the Church Handle Crisis Communication?

If you have been in a church for any length of time, you have no doubt seen or experienced first hand a crisis. Things like the pastor retiring, interpersonal conflict among members, moral failure of church leaders and even changing the color of the carpet can lead to a crisis. While such crisis situations will come, the real test is how will the church handle them. Is there a plan in place or do most churches just try to cope with them as they occur? That is what Karen Legg, a Ph.D. student at Regent University aims to discover with a survey she is conducting. As the Christian daughter of a pastor and a church member of more than twenty five years, Karen is looking to discover what types of crises occur in the local church and how they are managed. “My research in crisis communication indicates that most public relations specialists either do not mention the church setting (which is most common), or they assume there is no difference between the church and other organizations in the types of crises that occur or the way they should be handled,” says Karen. She goes on to say, “Furthermore, a pilot study I conducted on this topic a few years ago indicated that a shockingly large number of churches had not prepared for future crises, and those that had, had based their plans on a business model of crisis management and communication. I believe there are important, fundamental differences between churches and other organizations, and I hope to illustrate this fact through my research.” The survey she has put together has the following goals: Find out from pastors what types of crises they have experienced How often each crisis has occurred What is unique about the church environment as it relates to handling and communicating in a crisis How they view the role of media in a crisis To what extent they have planned for future crisis scenarios. She believes that this information will prove quite valuable to both scholars and church leaders in helping them to plan and manage future crisis situations. So, if you are in a pastoral position, I would encourage you to take a few moments and complete the survey. It will take about 10-15 minutes of your time and may even bring to light some issues you haven’t planned for should a crisis occur in your church. Survey located at:...

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