Moving to Mobile

I still remember a time when nearly everyone I knew relied on a desktop at work (or at school) as well as at home.  Not only did everyone have a desktop, those machines were the primary way people did any and all computing -- including online endeavors.  Within a few years stories of that world will amaze younger crowds as much as stories of cell phones in huge carry bags amaze today's smart phone users. Recent statistics indicate the move to mobile is as or more dramatic than most might Read More …

Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology

The Center on Media and Human Development in the School of Communication at Northwestern University recently published "Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology: A National Survey," which highlights ten key findings.  This list includes: parents still turn to family and friends for parenting advice far more often than to new media sources like websites, blogs, and social networks, parents do not report having many family conflicts or concerns about their children’s media use, Read More …

Church Marketing Shifts

Lindsay Christian's recent Capital Times article, "Marketing God: Churches Turn to the Web, Social Media to Attract Members," explores how many congregations in her area have shifted their marketing time and monies from print efforts to online endeavors. Christian's piece effectively explores how a significant trend has impacted congregations in her community. To highlight the significantly diminished return on investment and increasing irrelevancy of print advertising (especially with Read More …

Most Popular Posts of 2012

In order, the five most popular posts made on sowhatfaith.com this year are Top Church Websites Review of Christianity After Religion The Future Church v.2020: 10 Shifts Football, Jesus, and Ninja Plate or Plate Free? So What? When I first started blogging, I paid a fair amount of attention to statistics related to readership.  More recently, I have gone months at a time without looking at any numbers.  If you are a regular reader, let me know if any of the posts on the top Read More …

Overcoming Embarrassing Church Websites

Terrell Sanders is offering a free ebook (email sign up required) designed to help churches overcome embarrassing websites. The ebook leverages his extensive church web design experiences through the work of the company he founded to suggest 10 practical pointers for church website design (or redesign): Use a simple, classic design Design for content Consistent style does not mean boring Start small, design to grow Design for guests A picture is worth 1,000 words Your webmaster Read More …

Is Your Church’s Website Visitor Friendly?

Most people visit your church's website before visiting your congregation's physical campus.  How welcoming is your site for prospective visitors?  Tyler Walworth recently suggested assessing your site in light of questions visitors will likely ask including: Where is the church located? Who is the pastor? What should I expect? Will I be singled out as a visitor or pressured in any way? How do I join? Do I have to join? Should I know anything before I arrive? So What? A few Read More …

Being and Becoming Virtually Religious

“Virtually Religious: Technology and Internet Usage in American Congregations," the latest Faith Communities Today (FACT) report, provides insight into the current role of technology in churches by means of an aggregated data set that includes responses from over 11,000 congregations affiliated with over 120 denominations. Congregational use of technology continues to increase: During the most recent decade (2000-2010) congregational use of email and websites more than doubled: email Read More …

Top Church Websites

Sharefaith recently posted their list of 22 Top Church Websites on Church Relevance.  The alphabetically ordered list includes: Church on the Move - Tulsa, OK Fellowship Church - Grapevine, TX Imago Dei Community - Portland, OR Hillsong Church - London, UK LifeChurch.tv - Edmond, OK Mars Hill Bible Church - Grandville, MI Second Presbyterian Church - Memphis, TN Watermark Community Church - Dallas, TX So What? The author notes that this updated list for 2012 is needed Read More …

Effective Church Websites

Dave Hakes is a software engineer who seeks to "demystify and make practical the many tools the internet offers so that you and your church can better reach people."  Recently he shared 7 elements of an effective church website: Focus on those who are not yet a part of your congregation Emphasize pictures of people not buildings Remove clutter Ensure key information is in plain sight (no scrolling required) Create compelling and relevant content Include a welcome message Tell Read More …