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Recycle content: Six ways to reach larger audiences

10/20/2011
It takes a lot of time to research and write excellent content. Why not get more mileage out of your sermons and blogs? Recycling content to fit other media allows you to reach much larger and more diverse audiences. You wouldn’t clean the bowl before scraping up the cookie dough. So go on, lick the spoon. Now break out the rubber spatula because you missed a spot. Here are some ways to repurpose your work. With a fresh look, your edits could make the content even stronger. 1. Your...

CMS eases web management

1/19/2011
You know how much work it takes to create and maintain a church website. Whether you’re doing it yourself, paying someone else to do it or relying on volunteers, communicating through your website presents challenges. If you find it takes a week to get a news item published to your website or you spend hours making sure everything is up-to-date, a Content Management System may be a good solution. A Content Management System (CMS) is a software program that provides authoring and...

High-Tech Chat: File sharing system helps DS stay in sync

12/2/2010
This year at Annual Conference Session, Steve Cox became the first District Superintendent in the Missouri Conference to be responsible for two districts, the Pony Express District and the Heartland North District. This has challenged Cox to be creative in his approach to the job, and look for way to maximize his efficiency. New technology has been helpful in the process. When we began the experiment of having one superintendent serve two districts, we quickly realized we would need to resolve...

High-Tech Chat: Christians should set example in tone of online talk

11/9/2010
The lack of civility and decency I find online disturbs me. I want no part of it. Whether it be sporting rivalries, political disputes or opposing religious views, the ability to write whatever one pleases in anonymity from a remote distance leads people to say things they would never dare say to another person’s face. It’s bad enough for knucklehead sports fans to call each other names on Internet message boards, but the private, yet public, nature of the World Wide Web can lead...

High-Tech Chat: CVL allows showing movies legally

10/20/2010
Movie plot staples are proof that Hollywood learned a long time ago about the modern-day morality issues that pastors address weekly from the pulpit. Consider these: unwavering faith in the face of overwhelming adversity; uncompromising commitment to do what is right, even when the wrong path is more lucrative; and unshakable devotion to a true love, despite temptation. It is no wonder religious leaders use movie clips to illustrate their sermons. After all, audiences are conditioned by...

High-Tech Chat: Software freebies can be helpful for church

9/29/2010
Remember being a kid and entering the candy store on the corner? Everything seemed to be yours for the taking, and it was free! (Well, your parents did pay for it!) Relive the joy of “free-for-the-taking.” Come with me down the licorice path into the treasure trove of online freebies for churches. As you enter Tracy’s Store of Freebies, keep in mind the following rules: #1—it’s ok to click. #2—It’s ok to look. And #3—it’s ok to take all you...

High-tech chat: Streaming, Web tools helps more experience Conference

5/21/2010
This year the theme of Annual Conference Session is “Growing Deeper,” relating to deepening one’s faith and spirituality. One way to gain deeper faith is to enrich your understanding. To help facilitate that, the Missouri Conference is trying to employ all available communication tools to facilitate conversations and increase discussions. Something new being introduced this year is the live streaming of the Ordination Service on Saturday night. This will be the first time the...

Churches can embrace Web as a ministry

6/7/2009
This is the first article in a series exploring web ministry from start to finish, with a focus on creating a website for your church, district, or group. The articles will cover the basics on how to get the process started, why each step is important, and what to consider when making decisions for your ministry. For each small piece of the web ministry puzzle there is a vast sea of information to navigate through. My intention is to break down the process to make each step easier to comprehend...

Annual Conference online connections

6/4/2009
Find out the latest news and happenings at the 2009 Annual Conference Session in Springfield. Learn how you can get information and be connected online, through twitter, and the facebook group. Missouri Conference website To find out information about the Annual Conference Session such as driving directions, the daily journals, and off-site meal locations visit www.moumethodist.org/ac09. There are also links to the consitiutional ammendments that will be voted on and rationale...

Every Missouri Conference church is on the Web

4/30/2009
Since this article was published in April 2009, our site has undergone an extensive redesign. The church dashboard can now be found at http://moumethodist.org/login.asp. For more information, please contact Mike Harrison. The Internet is now the first tool people use to find what they are looking for. Web sites and Web pages are the modern day yellow pages. Since all information online is public and more widely accessible, it’s imperative that it is as accurate as possible. Your...

Flash drop off leaves you in the dark

4/9/2009
Often at a concert or sporting event, you can look around the arena and see hundreds of little flashes of light from people snapping pictures. Everyone one of these flashes represent someone who doesn’t understand how to use his or her camera. The range of a flash depends on the aperture of your lens, the ISO (film speed, from the days of film) and type of flash. On most compact cameras, the effective range of the built-in flash is about seven feet or so. That means if you put your hand...

Adjustments can resolve low resolution problems

4/3/2009
Digital cameras have revolutionized photography, but not entirely for the better. In the days of old, meaning more than 10 years ago, most people could buy a roll of film off the rack (probably 400 speed), pop it in a point and shoot camera and come up with some pretty decent pictures. You probably have photo albums filled with them. But when you were shooting film, you didn’t have to worry about resolution. Resolution is the number of dots per inch the camera is using to make the...

What is this Twitter thing?

3/20/2009
It’s a chance to share your thoughts in a concise 140 characters. It’s like a Facebook status only even faster. You can use text, a cell phone application or your computer (from a web browser or an application) to post your thoughts. Information you post can be updates about what you are doing. You can also post links (make sure you take advantage of URL shortening tools to help fit the 140 character challenge). Links can take you to websites of all types (blogs, video, photos,...