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Shooting events (like the Special Session) in unexpected conditions

Large events held in large spaces offer challenges (and opportunities) for photographers. Get pro tips about what to pack and what to look for. Read More

6 digital photography tips to upgrade your ministry communications

Communicate your church's story -- visually and authentically -- with these easy photo tips. Read More

How to make you church website visitor-friendly

Your church website is the new front door for your church. More and more, people are checking out locations online first before visiting in person—particularly young adults. Listen

How to clean up your church website

Church websites can get messy quickly, and without regular maintenance, they can get downright out of control. If it has been awhile since the last cleanup of your ministry's site,... Listen

Animated Wesleys make Methodist history fun

John and Charles Wesley make their debut as animated characters in this engaging new series. Share these videos on your website, social media or download them for viewing. Read More

Essential podcasts for United Methodist Leaders

Podcasts give us levity and wisdom while we're waiting around. Here's 12 United Methodist podcasts covering the gamut of communications, technology, leadership, lectionary, young people's ministry and more! Read More

How to write a terrific sermon title and why it matters

If your sermon is like a sandwich, then the title is the bread — not the condiments. Here’s how you can create a terrific title. Read More

How to rock your mobile website

Fewer people are viewing your website via desktop these days. Use these tips to help navigate the road to an awesome mobile-first web strategy. Read More

An SEO primer for church websites and blogs

How do churches befriend Google and get in front of searching eyeballs? We’ll talk about search engine optimization tips and tools you can use to find and reach your... Listen

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4 pitfalls that make people ignore you

These common pitfalls can make your marketing fall flat. Use these tips to keep your audience engaged. Read More

Online forms for dummies: Easy tips to save time and money

Easily collect emails, donations and volunteer registrations. This isn't up for discussion. Start saving time, money and the environment today. Read More

11 mistakes to avoid in church website design

If you already have a fabulous church website, congratulations! If you don't, use these tips and you will soon have an attractive, clear and engaging web presence. Read More

5 steps to spring clean your church website

Inevitably, people will search church websites and come across dead pages, bad links and outdated information. Don't let a bad online experience keep people from visiting your church in person. Read More

Make a perfect landing on your website

You point people to your website, but do you have landing pages for specific ministries or missions or special emphases? Read More

5 Google Analytics tools for the mission of the church (part 2)

Google Analytics has a bevy of tools that will help you refine and adapt your church website to be an extension of mission instead of another brochure. Read More

10 tips for keeping your website or blog fresh

Updating your church’s website or blog can seem daunting, especially if you lack inspiration or time. Use these 10 ideas when you are stuck in a rut. Read More

8 DIY security hacks to protect church and family on the web

Granting your church and children web access opens a Pandora’s box of content that you don't want them to see. Here are several free security measures you can implement. Read More

Ironclad Internet security software for church and family

Protect your loved ones from damaging online content by using security software designed to keep them from accessing the wrong places and connecting with the wrong people on the web. Read More

Make giving easy: Services, credit card readers and more

Online giving has its own set of complexities; but it is becoming easier to navigate the set-up process. New options for online giving are being developed all the time. Read More

3 free steps to start your podcast today

With just a computer and a connection to the internet, you can broadcast your audio content to the world. Here are three easy steps to podcasting today. Read More

5 ways you can change the world with technology

Keep these tips in mind when planning a mission trip to a developing country to help provide better access to education, economic development and disease prevention. Read More

How to stream worship beyond the sanctuary (Part 2)

Many streaming services promise that all you need is a webcam and an Internet connection. However, streaming requires a significant amount of time, resources and the commitment of volunteers. Read More

What video hosting services should your church use?

If you have videos to share, but are unsure about which service to use, this review of available providers will help you make the best decision for your needs. Read More

Breaking the chains of clip art for free

You can always purchase quality stock images from sites like But there are also sites that provide images of the same, or similar, quality for free. Read More

Taking inviting photos of your church

Carelessly photographed church pictures can convey a negative message. Here are techniques for capturing photos that will welcome people before they ever set foot in the doors. Read More

Use Wordpress to build a great church website

This affordable content management solution will enable your church to create a website that is professional, provides great user experience, and is current and interactive. Read More

5 tips for taking better photos with your smartphone

Beyond finding the best lighting, planning shots and experimenting with perspective, how do you take your smartphone images to the next level? Here are five quick tips. Read More

8 low-cost or free Web-based tools for ministry

With all the apps available online, it's difficult to know which ones will be most helpful. Here are some fabulous low-cost or free tools. Read More

It’s time! Put your sermon audio online: Best hosting plans

Among any church's most easily shared resources is the weekly sermon. Learn about the best tools and services for adding them to your site. Read More

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Optimization and cards in YouTube (Part 2)

Optimized YouTube videos increase your channel's rank in search results. Here are a few tips and advanced techniques for adding keywords, call to actions and more. Read More