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5 Jun. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Quick Stats: Most Charities Fail At Raising Money Online

In quick stats, Church Development takes a set of statistics and applies it to the current state of church giving. Today’s blog covers a study from the Chronicle of Philanthropy on how 151 charities are performing with online giving.

Technology is rapidly changing. As a result, how people are giving is also changing. Generations are shifting from placing a check in the collection plate to donating online, but even outside of the church, many charities aren’t transitioning well, and I believe that churches can learn from this.

In studying 151 charities, the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that:

3 Jun. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Common Mistakes in Church Websites #3: Things to Avoid

Church Development covers a few more common mistakes to avoid when designing your church website (or things to fix if your site is already live).

While I’ve already covered a couple of rounds of what to do and not to do on your church website—starting with some general tips, then following up with insight from a webpage designer—I decided to come back for a round three with a few more minor things to avoid:

1. Having an Unexplained Log In Box

27 May. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Visual Guide: How to Communicate with a Church Email

Church Development breaks down what’s working in a weekly church email blast.

A little while back, I shared four trips to improving your church email communications. As this is the kind of thing that is easier to understand with visuals, I wanted to work through a church email blast that successfully implements a lot of what we covered before. Let’s look at some screenshots of the weekly email blast from the Littleton Vineyard. Don't worry if you can't read the text; I'll cover the basics of what they're doing:

 

16 May. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Casual Fridays

"Break Every Chain" -- The Digital Age

In the aftermath of the David Crowder Band splitting up, the titular member has had an easier transition in his solo career, but most of the remaining members went on to form The Digital Age. Their 2012 independent EP, “Rehearsals,” shot to #1 on the iTunes Christian charts (in part thanks to their cover of All Sons & Daughters “All the Poor and Powerless”). Now they’re back with more radio presence thanks to their version of “Break Every Chain.” Enjoy: 

 

9 May. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Four Tips to Improve Your Church Email Communications

Church Development shares a few tips as to how to clearly communicate your church’s weekly events through an email blast.

Last time, we covered how long people spend on the internet in a given week. While we noted that most people don’t spend their time on everything (and that different generations respond better to different sites and online communications), one thing was fairly set: On average, adults spend 8 hours a week on email.

In continuing our basic premise of communicating where people are already, it makes sense to look at your church email newsletter, since some of those 8 hours should be spent thinking about your church.

Here are four tips for your church email newsletter:

6 May. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Quick Stats: Average Time Spent on the Internet

In quick stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies it to today’s world. Today’s blog covers how people spend their time on the internet and what this means for how your church communicates.

In continuing this series on your church’s online presence, we’ve covered the value of your church website and the value of texting with teens. From here, we’re now going to explore the value of social media for your church. Like anything internet, these numbers are outdated as soon as you publish them, but they will give insight as to why social media has become so important for your church’s communication:

Let’s start with the bulk load: The average user spends 23 hours a week emailing, texting and using social media and other forms of online communication.

Although not everyone uses every program—for example: teenagers use email far less often than adults—here’s the average time spent per week on each function/site:

29 Apr. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

On Not Wearing Pants to Church

Church Development shares some insight on its team’s knowledge and a recent sermon on Psalm 73.

Right now, we’re in the midst of an extensive series on your church’s online presence. While last time we covered how much teens text and how this should shape your youth leader’s communication, I wanted to pause briefly to highlight the wide skill set of the Church Development team. In addition to having extensive experiences in capital campaigns and helping churches improve their stewardship message success, Church Development consultants have experience in many areas, including business consulting (which many churches don’t know they’d benefit from), sitting on specialist groups for Catholics and Protestant denominations, etc.

Given that messaging is so important in stewardship, some of our consultants are gifted speakers. With that in mind, I’m pleased to announce that our youngest consultant, Colin McKay Miller (pictured above), is teaching a sermon series on faith doubts in his church. This is his recent sermon on Psalm 73, pain, and not wearing pants to church. It’s worth a listen: Sermon here.

EDIT: If you're listening on Chrome, it may crash after a couple of minutes. The player works best in Internet Explorer.

23 Apr. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Teens and Texting

In Quick Stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies it to the current state of the church. Today’s blog shares a study on how much teens text per day and what this means for your youth group.

You’ve got a project to complete, a deadline that’s coming quicker than you’re able to work. You’re focused, you getting in the flow, and then your phone dings. Then it dings again, and again, and again. You check your phone and discover that you’re part of a group text where people keep responding.

If you’re like me, this is cause for chucking your phone halfway across the room for distracting you at an inopportune time, but not for the average teenager. The Daily Mail Online noted the following:

20 Apr. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc
18 Apr. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Casual Fridays

Good Friday Meditation

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. -- 1 Peter 2:23-25 (NIV)

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