IT Management Archives - Church Executive


Storage made for Sundays

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh If you’re like me, you’re not well-versed in “collaborative media storage.” You might assume (like I did), That’s for the AV or IT staff to think about. While it’s true your content creation and live production teams use collaborative media (video) storage most, there are three really good reasons that you — […]

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Ensuring an engaging churchgoing experience — by design

An exclusive roundtable produced in conjunction with the National Association of Church Design Builders. Roundtable participants are members of this non-profit organization that serves as a resource for the planning, design and construction of churches and church-related facilities. The goal of NACDB is to educate local churches on how to go about designing, building or […]

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“That’s just the way it is.” But does it have to be?

Examining the current state of technology in the church — and challenging lack of innovation, fear of change By Joel Guthrie As consumers, we’ve grown accustomed to a certain level of quality and rate of innovation when it comes to technology. Amazon has made our lives incredibly convenient with same-day delivery, easy returns, and the […]

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In the beginning…

 A 3-part series examining the relationship between the Church and technology By Joel Guthrie We’ve all heard that the church is “10 years behind” when it comes to technology — a little nervous to adopt industry best practices and unsure how that might align to stewardship and the vision of the Church. It’s totally fair: […]

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Cyber security & your church

How to properly protect your parish from scammers By Elizabeth “Betty” Norman Cyber criminals seek out organizations that seem unsuspecting. Unfortunately, churches often offer just what they’re looking for. In late April 2019, Father Bob Stec of the Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish in Brunswick, Ohio found himself sending a note to parish members that no […]

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Joel Guthrie: Helping church leaders harness tech trends to drive real-world engagement, growth

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Joel Guthrie grew up attending church. In fact, his family helped start one in Colorado Springs. Since then, he has been on staff as a worship leader and youth leader at a church in Bellevue, Wash., and is currently one of the worship leaders and 10th-grade-guys leaders at his church in Austin, […]

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Get ahead of the hackers: 5 steps to protect your church’s valuable information

By The Risk Team at Glatfelter Religious Practice As a church leader, how can I protect my organization from a cyberattack? If you’ve ever found yourself asking this question, you’re not alone. Church leaders across the United States are working to improve their IT infrastructure, and for good reason. While there is the threat of […]

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You can’t afford to lose your facility manager’s intellectual knowledge

By Donovan Loomis The value your facility manager holds for your church goes far beyond the work he or she does to keep the facilities running. In fact, when it comes to your church’s long-term financial sustainability, this individual might even have more valuable information in his or her head than anyone else.

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Getting your systems ready for special events

By Andrew Scriven Christmas and Easter — arguably the two most wonderful, celebrated (also painful / dreaded) events in the life of the church. Most churches go all out to celebrate, incorporating advanced production techniques they don’t normally use — added vocals, special instrumentation, mixed-media presentations, dramatic lighting, special effects, animals … you get the […]

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Friendly from the outside in!

Communication tools church members, guests & seekers appreciate What are some indications that your phone system isn’t up to par for members, guests and seekers? Goodling: One sign that might go unnoticed is when people just stop calling the church. Because we’re more social media-inclined these days, they’ll send a Facebook message or text, out […]

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