TECHNOLOGY Archives - Church Executive


Content is king, but how can you lower your cost to create and store it?

By Philip Grossman The old adage “Content is king” is truer today than ever. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then 1 minute of video at 30 frames per second is worth 30,000 words.  But, what is the cost of content? More importantly, is there a way to reduce that cost?  Yes, there […]

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Evangelism and digital discipleship in 2021 and beyond

By Beka Johnson The last year was nothing short of incredible. From the pandemic, to economic and social unrest, to natural disasters, we were forced to confront some of the deepest, darkest parts of our culture, including the depths of our own hearts. And it wasn’t pretty. The Church had to step into anxiety-filled moments, figuring […]

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Q&A: background check basics

Professional advice on what’s required for volunteers versus staff For many churches, a background check is the only line of defense employed when screening volunteers and staff. Is it enough?  Brian Gleason: A background check is a best practice in searching for any previous convictions since previous behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. […]

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SANDY THAILING & CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION: Maximizing the video team’s creative potential — despite COVID challenges

Content creation without barriers By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Having worked with Church of the Resurrection (COR.org) in Leawood, Kansas, in some capacity for more than 20 years, it is safe to say Sandy Thailing knows everything there is to know about its video production setup.  Aside from his extensive work with this very large church, Thailing […]

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5 crucial keys to boosting church giving

By Trevor Cornejo An ongoing challenge for churches is navigating how to continually encourage giving. What once was a simple concept of passing an offering plate pew to pew on Sunday mornings, now takes much more strategy and thought. In an age that is becoming more and more reliant on technology, even things like church […]

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Caring virtually for communities in crisis

By Tiffany Self How do we care for our communities well amid isolation, racial tension, and economic uncertainty? In light of what’s going on in the world today, we clearly need to humbly plead for God’s help and guidance as we recognize that our world needs places where people can feel heard and respected, but […]

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SPRING 2021: Churches reopen their doors and reconnect with their congregations

By Karen Wolf Mass notification systems help communities navigate the path to normalcy Christians throughout the world recently celebrated Holy Week and Easter for the second time during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the progress made with vaccinating the public has boosted many churchgoers’ confidence, gathering in-person is still beyond the comfort zone of many of […]

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Managing the added expenses involved with reopening your church

As we begin the new year, the country will already have witnessed health care workers and others receiving the first vaccines developed to protect us against COVID-19. It is a testament to science — and, I believe, a miracle — that a vaccine has been developed so swiftly.  Nevertheless, it will be later this year […]

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Leading during disruption: 2020

No one was — or could have been — prepared for what was coming with COVID-19. But, for better or worse, there’s no substitute for experience. In this spirit, we asked several church executives who have graced our cover in the past few years to reflect on leading during disruption. How have they and their […]

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Finding the silver lining: positive impacts of the global pandemic

By Molly Matthews The global pandemic has brought about immense change, and many have unfortunately felt negative effects. However, not everything that has come out of this is doom and gloom: some churches have seen positive impacts from pivoting their business strategies. Primarily, ministries were forced to turn to digital solutions to maintain connection with […]

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