Steve Pruitt explains the “why” of HQ Ministry work.
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Russell McDaniel looks forward to what is in store.
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Every church that wants to effectively communicate with its congregation should understand the power of design, because how the information is presented is as important as what the information says. This short video from Column Five reminds us, “your message is only as good as your ability to share it.”
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Since 1915, Harvard University’s Cruft Laboratory has played host to leading-edge research and historic innovations. The lab was used to research antennas and batteries in the early days. During WWII it was instrumental in the development of radar and sonar. In 1944, the first electromechanical computer was assembled in the basement of Cruft. It was utilized by the Navy to solve complex mathematical problems, and later by the Manhattan Project to calculate the effects of imploding the first atomic bomb.
From the street it was impossible for a casual passerby to recognize Cruft’s innovative legacy. What you could see from the street was the accumulation of random ‘techno-junk’ piling up in the windows.
As the legend goes, by the 1950s MIT students had adopted cruft as slang for the trash and debris that accumulates over time. Since then, the term has quickly spread as jargon for anything unwanted or poorly constructed. In software for example, cruft is code that is obsolete, redundant or poorly written.
Wherever the word came from, the reality is that our churches are full of it. Maybe cruft isn’t stacking up in your windowsills, but take a look at your sound booth, backstage, closets, offices, equipment racks, and even on stage. The importance of our mission makes it easy to become like the researchers of Cruft Lab—too focused on the work at hand to notice the swelling heap of yesterday’s tools.
In the long run, each church needs to build systems to proactively avoid cruft. We need to systematize our decision-making for retaining or replacing equipment based on cost analysis. We need to establish a process for upgrades, including steps for disposal or repurposing old gear.
But if you’re drowning right now, here are three steps to clear your church cruft:
Source: Ministry Tech
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As your church grows, you’ll need the tech tools to help you manage your team, finances, and service elements. You’ll be amazed at how the right tools can launch your communication and productivity into the stratosphere! Here are five incredibly helpful tools:
This platform from CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International) gives you legal access to tens of thousands of lead sheets, chord charts, and vocal arrangements from hundreds of publisher catalogs. Since CCLI represents most of the world’s Christian publishers, you can find the official chord charts and lead sheets for the songs your church uses. You can transpose songs with the touch of a button. It’s easy to find what you’re looking for, and so easy to use!
Need to make sure your teams are communicating well? Slack is the internal instant messaging platform that is making emails obsolete. Slack enables you to keep the conversation flowing with channels you can tailor around specific topics, tasks, and teams. You can create private channels for more sensitive information, or communicate directly with direct messages—and all communication is easily searchable. It’s perfect for sharing files, images, PDFs, and documents. A simple drag and drop will share your files, or it can be synced with services like Google Drive or Dropbox. It also integrates with many other apps.
It’s getting to the point where having a church mobile app is non-negotiable. It keeps your church members engaged and communicating, while providing an incredibly useful giving tool.
The ShelbyNext design team can create a beautiful custom app for your church that includes:
Once downloaded your members and visitors will have full access to your events, videos, photos, social media feeds, news, staff directory, giving and much more.
For the life of me, I can’t figure out why any organization would use anything else but Google for creating documents, spreadsheets, forms, etc. It’s free, completely collaborative, and instantly saved and available on any device. You can share the content you’re working on, and the people that need to be involved can comment and edit it into perfection. And if your church is larger and a little more enterprising, you can even upgrade to Google Apps.
The more ministries, volunteers, and staff you have, the more important it is to make sure stuff gets done. Asana is the ultimate get-it-done tool. With Asana, you can take a project and break it down into actionable steps with clear due dates. You get regular updates on every project you’re following, and Dashboard and Calendar views allow you to see your team’s progress quickly and easily. Seriously, if you know how to make a list, you can get your team using Asana. It’s that easy, and the payoffs are enormous.
For more ideas that can help your church grow, contact one of our Ministry Consultants today!