CP blogger Barry Bowen is the author of this blog.
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:
Posted 11/25/13 at 6:22 PM | SHOW Times
One of my favorite moments at church is hearing testimonies of how God transforms lives. Some churches are sharing testimonies on their websites and via Facebook.
The ministry I Am Second has produced more than 100 testimonials featuring famous athletes, musicians, actors and politicians talking about their faith. A person will sit on a couch in a dark room and share his or her story.
Posted 10/30/13 at 11:58 PM | SHOW Times
If your church or ministry is considering the idea of launching a blog, please check out the following infographic.
Several tips are worth repeating:
That last tip is significant. It could take awhile for your blog to develop an audience. If you post regularly, then your readers are more likely to return for new articles.
However, the real key to being a successful blogger is being an effective communicator. Think carefully about what you wish to write ... and then express it creatively.
Posted 10/25/13 at 11:02 PM | SHOW Times
Below is an interesting infographic recommending 10 methods to increase interaction on Facebook. Let's focus on one of the tips. Love Your Followers:
"Use photos and posts to show your fans how much you love them. Make sure you don't take your community for granted. Show a little LOVE!"
Does your church or ministry website reveal God's love and your love for your community? If not, then consider making changes. Include the Gospel message that Jesus, as an act of sacrificial love, died to redeem us from our sins. Welcome hurting people in your community. Offer support to couples facing possible divorce, addicts struggling drugs and unemployed that have failed to find a job.
Posted 10/23/13 at 9:38 PM | SHOW Times
Too often churches fail to operate as the body of Christ. Instead of functioning like a team, the church works in isolation. This isolation extends to church websites.
Small churches usually rely on one or two people to update their websites while megachurches often have media departments publishing their sites. In both examples there may be people in these congregations with unique talents and willing to share them, but have never been asked to contribute to the church website.
Be on the lookout for church members that are talented writers, photographers and filmmakers. God could use their talents on your website. Also, don't ignore the amateurs in your midst. They may also contribute unique ideas.
There might be church members attending college and taking classes on how to develop a website. Perhaps they could perform an internship by designing your church or ministry website. FULL POST
Posted 10/10/13 at 11:55 PM | SHOW Times
Has your church or ministry started drafting its 2014 calendar?
Church calendars reveal the priorities of the church. With that thought in mind, what priorities does your church calendar reveal?
Does it list any evangelistic or outreach events? Does it include community events that your church might participate in?
It is easy for churches to withdraw into a comfort zone. Perhaps your church could plan something different for 2014. Here are a couple of ideas:
Your church or ministry calendar can be very simple - just a list of important dates or it can be very sophisticated. There are calendar plugins for WordPress as well as stand-alone calendaring apps. Some of these apps will enable your church members to send invites to family members and friends for your events. FULL POST
Posted 10/8/13 at 11:55 PM | SHOW Times
If your church or ministry website uses WordPress, there are free and commercially supported plugins available that you can use to manage prayer requests.
List of Free Prayer Request Plugins
Commercial Prayer Request Plugins
Blazing Torch, the software developer responsible for PrayerBox, also offers the advanced version PrayerBox+ which costs $35 and a working demo can be viewed here.
The Prayer Engine is another commercial prayer request plugin for WordPress. According to the developer's website, "The Prayer Engine was built for simplicity. One click updates your Prayer Wall, RSS Feed, Twitter Prayer Chain and your Mobile Web App. No grunt work required."