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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The Secrets to Becoming an Influencer in Your World

The Secrets to Becoming an Influencer in Your World
“Influence is moving from your best to the best of others.” I do not remember where I read the quote above but I did write it down because it is the essence of influence and it is not easily reached. Life is a journey not a destination and I’ve been on the path to growing my influence for years. I think the Christian word equivalent would be “Discipleship”. Influence, Discipleship, leadership, or however you word it, we should always be striving to make a positive difference in the lives of others. When I was a young man, people poured into my life and it has helped me to go...
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FREE Web Real Estate to Claim Supercharges Search Engine Results!

FREE Web Real Estate to Claim Supercharges Search Engine Results!
Did you know that you have FREE web real estate just waiting to be claimed? If you have a church, non-profit or business with a physical address, it is very likely that it is already all over the web. To find out, all you have to do is search your business name on google. You will likely discover that there are multiple pages of results. Everything from maps to city pages. Did you know that claiming this real estate will improve your search engine results? Watch this video to learn how… So claim all that FREE web estate! Top places will include google maps, yellowpages, citysearch, yahoo, and...
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SEO: Improve Your Organization’s Search Engine Results FREE!

SEO: Improve Your Organization’s Search Engine Results FREE!
Why Are Search Engine Results Important for Your Church? Because the first time visit to your church often happens online. Imagine a family just moved into your community and they are looking for a church to attend. Most likely they will do a web search for “[denomination] church” and the results will be a list of local churches along with a map of churches within a small radius of the local area. Will your church appear in the results and on that map? If not guess which church they will not be visiting on Sunday. This is why search engine results are so important! Not Happy with Your Search Engine...
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6 Reasons for A ‘Web First’ Church Influence Strategy

6 Reasons for A ‘Web First’ Church Influence Strategy
What Is A Church Influence Strategy? It is Great Commission thinking. It is about being strategic to increase the influence of your church in the world. In a day where Christianity seems to be dwindling in the market place — Churches, Ministries and Non-profits alike would greatly benefit by developing a ‘Web First’ influence strategy. Here are six very good reasons why: 1. First Time Guests First visits happen online. There was a time when first time guests pulled into your parking lot, entered your Welcome Center and was greeted by a smiling face and friendly hello. Today, it is...
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5 Important Tasks to Start the New Year

5 Important Tasks to Start the New Year
Happy New Year 2014! I love fresh starts. The first of the year is a great time to reset. Here are 5 easy but important tasks to get the new year started off right… 1. Update Your Social Networks – If you are web social this is a good time to assess the impact and decide if you need to add or delete some social profiles. Need some inspiration? Watch the video in this post > #1 Reason Why Every Church Should Be Social Networking If you’re not web social I’ve got news for you. Your grandparents are looking for you on Facebook! Just about everybody is on one or more social...
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FREE “Web Ready Church” Seminar 11-6-12 Thomson, GA

FREE “Web Ready Church” Seminar 11-6-12 Thomson, GA
Is Your Church Web Ready? Join us for a day filled with useful tips and information on how to get your church web ready and online. If you are responsible for the web content and social media of your church (paid employee or volunteer) then this FREE training seminar is for you. If you have a wireless laptop or tablet, bring it to get the most out of our hand-on sessions. Web Ready Church Seminar Tuesday, November 6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. First Baptist Church Thomson Session 1 > 5 Top Tips for a Successful Web Presence Hand-on: Claiming Your Church Real Estate on the Web Instructor: Barry...
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The Web Is Accelerating at Lightening Speed!

The Web Is Accelerating at Lightening Speed!
One of my favorite blogs to follow is Jeff Bullas. This guy does his research and it shows in everything he writes. This morning’s post was so interesting and informative that I just wanted to share it with you. Here is what really jumped off the page as I read it… The pace of change is accelerating. To reach 50 million users: •    Radio took 38 years •    TV took 13 years •    Internet took 4 years •    iPod took 3 years Facebook added over 200 million users in less than 12 months! And if you want to be viable on the web you have to keep pace with it. What I love about...
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First Steps to a Successful Web Presence

First Steps to a Successful Web Presence
Building a successful web presence may be easier than you think. All it takes is a little time and attention to have an effective presence on the web that will present your organization, define your community, reach the unreached and touch lives! Here are the first three steps to getting started online: 1. Claim Your Web Real Estate Do a search of your church or organization’s name on the web and see what appears in search results. Wherever your name appears, try to go in and claim the profile. Top places include google maps, yellowpages, citysearch, yahoo, etc.  Read more here: Free Real Estate...
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How to Claim Your Domain Name

How to Claim Your Domain Name
One of the first steps to building your organization’s web presence is to claim your domain name. The biggest challenge you will likely face is finding one that is available. This is especially true for churches (firstbaptist.com, org or net, are long gone!). The easiest way to see if a domain is available is to search for it. If you type the desired domain into your browser and a web site opens, then the name has been claimed by another organization. If your church has a more common name like “Bethel” you may have to get real creative to come up with an available domain. Today there...
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