Free Media Resources For Churches Created by Churches

Free Media Resources For Churches Created by Churches
I love it when I see anyone giving away resources for free. It tells me a lot about their heart and passion for what they do. Recently I stumbled onto a website that does exactly that – Gives away amazing resources! On Church Media Drop you will find free audio, video, games, logos, graphics, motion backgrounds, series packages, tutorials, etc. These are top quality resources that you would pay a premium for on other sites. The best part of Church Media Drop is they take the free media idea a step further by providing a platform for churches to submit and share the media they have created with...
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Not Knowing About These 6 FREE Resources Will Cost Your Church!

Not Knowing About These 6 FREE Resources Will Cost Your Church!
BUDGET TIP: Don’t Pay for What You Can Get Free! Let’s face it, most churches have tight budgets, and I would dare say marketing and web resources are not at the top of the list, so it is crucial that you review the six resources below. Tapping into any of these will save your church money.  These Are Game Changers! It is hard to find freebies, especially ‘Christian’ freebies, but these six resources are amazing and will prove very valuable for enhancing the image and ministry of your church: 1. Church Online Platform – http://churchonlineplatform.com Their Pitch:...
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My 2016 BEST OF List: FREE Photos, Graphics, Videos & Fonts!

My 2016 BEST OF List: FREE Photos, Graphics, Videos & Fonts!
WOW Your Web and Print Worlds with FREE Photos, Videos, Graphics & Fonts! Everyone knows how important visuals are for marketing on print, web and social media. Visuals are the attention grabbers. We also know that premium quality visuals can come with a premium price tag! Well, not today! Last year, my 2015 list was read and shared by thousands. I’m back this year with the best list yet of my absolute favorite go-to web sites… My Personal FAVORITES List that I Love and Use Daily: Last year I gave my MEGA LIST, but this year I am giving you the SHORT LIST to my favorite sites! Images...
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Electronic Media Policy for Computers, Social Networks, Email and Internet Use

Electronic Media Policy for Computers, Social Networks, Email and Internet Use
In recent weeks I have received multiple requests like the following… “Do you have an Electronic/E-Mail/Internet policy that could be used by churches. I am on the newly formed Personnel Committee and have been given the task of coming up with a policy.  We have computers in various locations as well as laptops and tablets that are used by staff and church members at times.  We have no problem, just want to protect our staff and the church.” Unfortunately, there is not a boiler plate policy template that would do much good because every church, ministry, non-profit or business has...
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Simple Photo / Video Policies and Release Forms for Organizations

Simple Photo / Video Policies and Release Forms for Organizations
Recently, I had a local church contact me asking for advice on photo policies and release forms for children. This would relate to using children’s photos from events on social networks, printed pieces, web sites, etc. If you have not considered this before, please do so now because it is an important protection to put in place. At a recent youth camp, a mom was concerned about having pictures of here daughters published due to a situation with an estranged dad. She felt it was important to not publicize what here daughters were involved in and asked that we not publish their photos on our social...
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Experimenting with Periscope – 3 Keys to Successful Broadcasting!

Experimenting with Periscope – 3 Keys to Successful Broadcasting!
Here is a great case study of how a Baptist State Convention is using Periscope successfully to reach their audience and expand their brand. The principles here can easily be applied to churches, ministries, non-profits and businesses. [Ed Note: If you have not yet heard of Periscope, read our previous post, “New $100 Million Social App ‘Periscope’ Great for Church Ministry!” ] Guest Blogger: Brian Harris, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions Recently we held our first Periscope broadcast to announce the Christmas Backpacks for the Mississippi River Ministry...
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The Best Tips for Live Streaming Church Services

The Best Tips for Live Streaming Church Services
Does your church have a vision to make your worship services available to even those that couldn’t make it?  It’s a great thought and there are so many ways to make it happen. I first setup the church I was working at back in 2008 to live stream their services using UStream.tv. It was a free service, ad based support, and is still available now. Our goal was simple…use our existing setup that was built for TV broadcasting to also live stream our service for cheap. Our setup included four cameras and a switcher. Because of this setup we were able to send out multiple feeds…basically a...
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New $100 Million Social App ‘Periscope’ Great for Church Ministry!

New $100 Million Social App ‘Periscope’ Great for Church Ministry!
‘PERISCOPE’ Have you hear of it yet? Props to Jonathan Jordan @jordan004 who clued me in this week to the shiniest new app on the social media landscape (amazing what can happen while you’re taking a 2-week vacation!). Periscope is basically a live broadcasting app that works from your smartphone (Apple or Android) and allows you to live stream anything, anywhere, anytime! Twitter Paid $100 Million to acquire the app for integration into the Twitter-sphere. It is now live and you can download the app here https://www.periscope.tv/. I have been playing around with it and I can...
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TOP 6 FREEBIE SITES for Design: Photos, Graphics, Fonts and More!

TOP 6 FREEBIE SITES for Design: Photos, Graphics, Fonts and More!
More that ever the web is becoming visually driven by rich photos, videos and graphics. Think of the popularity of sites like Pinterest and Instagram that are built on images, while Facebook and Twitter are both emphasizing images more and more. Also, you’ve probably noticed a recent trend where web sites are using images as entire backgrounds and enhanced content. Quality photos, graphics and fonts can get expensive unless you know where to go and find top quality for FREE! Most everyday I find myself searching for that just right image, graphic or font to creativity express my thoughts and grab...
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Social Media Usage: Who, What and How Much? Infographic

Social Media Usage: Who, What and How Much? Infographic
At a recent web training seminar I was asked about social networking demographics. I did not have any good numbers with me at the time, so I promised to find some and share them here. This is important because if you know where people are on social media by age, gender, income, etc., you can do a better job targeting the audience you want to reach. Disclaimer: Web demographics are only as good as the source. If you go to Google, guess who will have great numbers? Google+. If you go to facebook, twitter and so on, they will be tooting their own horn. So I tried to find a legitimate organization and a...
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