CP blogger Barry Bowen is the author of this blog.
Posted 3/5/14 at 11:21 PM | SHOW Times
Here's an idea: During the month of April you could post a daily Bible verse on Twitter and Facebook or a daily devotional on your blog.
However, visiting Facebook and your church blog each day to post is an inefficient way to spend your time. Instead, you could save a lot of time by using software to schedule your posts and tweets.
If your blog uses WordPress software, then you can schedule posts by selecting the edit button next to "publish immediately" and entering a date and time. Blogger Amy Lynn Andrews recommends that you also set the correct time zone in WordPress.
Facebook and Twitter do not have scheduling capabilities built into their websites. Alternative apps and websites include this functionality. FULL POST
Posted 2/26/14 at 5:47 PM | SHOW Times |
First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, North Carolina, has an excellent logo and motto that communicates its mission. The motto is "a place of transformation through connecting, growing and sharing." The logo which reinforces this motto is a cross made of three parts. The church website explains these three parts:
Does your church or ministry have a logo that communicates your purpose?
Besides featuring your logo on your website, you can display it on church t-shirts, and church bulletins. So it might be worth hiring a professional graphic designer to create a logo for your ministry.
This infographic from Amberd Design Studio offers some advice on logo design.
Posted 2/24/14 at 9:30 PM | SHOW Times
Churches have multiple options for networking online: email newsletters, blogs and social media and each has strengths and weaknesses. For example, some people refuse to join Facebook or Twitter but will exchange information via email.
In 2005 First Baptist Church of Houma, Louisiana, set up a blog for its members to keep in touch when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf coast.
Many church members evacuated before the hurricane's arrival. They shared phone numbers and addresses and checked on each other by posting numerous comments. The church later removed those posts to protect the privacy of its members.
Now the church relies on a Facebook Page for networking.
Posted 1/29/14 at 9:29 PM | SHOW Times
I came across some interesting examples of Christians witnessing on Twitter and wanted to share them.
Global Media Outreach often asks questions about spiritual matters and provides a link to a relevant article on the topic.
Here are several examples:
On December 11th GMO posted a series of tweets about suffering.
"Why does God allow struggling in our lives? Do you ever find yourself wondering "Where is God?"
Another way that GMO engages its audience is by posting a "definition of the day."
Forgiveness is a common topic of GMO tweets. FULL POST
Posted 1/20/14 at 10:10 PM | SHOW Times
Only a small percentage of the vast internet user population creates most of the videos, articles, photos, audio clips, infographics we find online. Wikipedia describes this as the 1% rule and refers to the other 99% of people as "lurkers."
Another description of this imbalance of content creators is known as the "90-9-1 principle."
In July 2006 The Guardian reported:
It's an emerging rule of thumb that suggests that if you get a group of 100 people online then one will create content, 10 will "interact" with it (commenting or offering improvements) and the other 89 will just view it.
That article was written before Facebook opened its site to anyone over 13 years of age. Since 2006 the rise of social media has happened transformed how we use the Internet. But if you examine Facebook posts, you will often see videos, articles and photos shared by people that didn't create them. FULL POST
Posted 1/8/14 at 4:53 PM | SHOW Times
Some ministries are fearful of allowing their articles to be re-posted on other websites. There is a concern that this will hurt their website, that they could be penalized by Google.
There is a lot of duplicate content on the internet. Google engineer Matt Cutts reports that 25% to 30% of Internet content is duplicate content. Cutts explains that not all duplicate content is spam.
Google tries to prevent duplicate search results and this quality control technique is sometimes referred to as the "duplicate content penalty." If you aren't trying to manipulate search engine results, then you should have little to fear.
If you would like to syndicate your articles so that they appear on news websites, you may use the syndicate meta tag. Here's an example:
meta name="syndication-source" content="http://blogs.christianpost.com/show-times/23-percent-of-pastors-use-twitter-19184/"
Hopefully this will remove any fears you have about re-posting your articles online. If you wish to re-post an article by another person, then request permission from them. By doing so you show respect for copyright.
If you have any questions about duplicate content, please leave a comment below. FULL POST
Posted 12/19/13 at 5:46 PM | SHOW Times
At this time of year many people search for Christmas-related topics at their favorite search engine. Perhaps there are people in your city or town looking for a church to visit?
If your church is hosting services on Christmas eve or Christmas day, you should include that information on your church website and Facebook page.
Visitors to your church may have questions about Christianity. Make it a priority to answer these questions. Unresolved questions about the Bible may lead to doubt and ultimately rejection of the Gospel.
Also it is a good time to start thinking about 2014. Does your church website include a calendar of next year's events? Some people in your community will set New Year's Resolutions. Your church could help people reach some of their goals. Also, don't forget that singles will be looking for friends. Highlight your singles group. FULL POST
Posted 12/13/13 at 5:48 PM | SHOW Times
2014 is just around the corner. Have you thought about how you can spend your time sharing your faith next year?
Gordon Marcy has written 25 Reasons To Become An Online Missionary.
Global Media Outreach is looking for volunteers to share their faith via the Internet. Also, there might be opportunities for you to assist your church with its website or Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Also, consider adding Internet Evangelism Day to your calendar and promoting it to your church. It will be held June 1, 2014.
Posted 12/12/13 at 7:04 PM | SHOW Times
Barna Group conducted a survey of pastors which revealed that 23% of pastors participate on Twitter. Pastors and churches are more likely to use Facebook.
The results of the survey is posted here.
While it is good to see pastors engaging with social media, I am more interested in the laity, the people in the pews, sharing our faith online.
Share Faith has compiled a list of ten ways pastors can use Twitter. This list isn't limited to pastors. Any Christian can share a Bible verse or "be salt and light."
Posted 12/9/13 at 6:09 PM | SHOW Times
People dislike filling out forms online. Matt Cutts, head of Google's webspam team, recommends websites use the new request autocomplete standard.
If you know how to add html to a website or edit WordPress templates, it should be simple to add the following code to your forms: