Four Things to Consider Before Starting an Online Campus

I have mixed thoughts on the idea of an online church campus. On one hand, I see the inevitable future that is online streaming and worship. On the other hand, I have concerns about what that future will look like and how the church should respond.

Four Things to Consider Before Starting an Online Campus

However, after weighing the pros and cons, I decided to dip our toes into the online campus world. Our choice of platform was the Church Online Platform from LifeChurch.tv. I have to say overall, I’m rather impressed with the platform.

Of course, now that I’ve spent a few weeks in the platform, there are few things that I’ve learned. While I believe we did a thorough pre-launch checklist before we went live, there are some things that we should have considered. If you’re thinking about starting an online campus you should consider these things as well.

Episode 19: Copyrights for Photos and Videos

Welcome to Episode 19 of the Ask Darrel podcast. In this episode, we talk about copyrights for photos and videos and what your church needs to do make sure you’re staying within the law.

Copyrights for Photos and Videos

Today’s podcast actually covers two different questions:

Can I take photos of our church’s kids and post them on Facebook?

Can I download videos from sites like YouTube and upload them to our Facebook page?

Social Media Weekly Brief for 7/31/15

Hello! Welcome to this week’s social media brief. This week, we have stories about Meerkat, Google+, and copyrights. Also, next Monday on the Ask Darrel Podcast we’ll talk about the photo copyrights.

Social Media Weekly Brief for 7_31_15

Report: Social Media Apps Are the First Used Each Day
What this means for your church: I’m not surprised by these findings. I think most people have subconsciously trained themselves to check their social media networks when they first wake up. So is your church’s content a part of the new morning routine?

Help! I’m Running My Church’s Social Media All by Myself

I love being on teams filled with talented people. There’s a rush from sitting in a room full of people who have crazy ideas and the ability to execute them. In fact, if I’m not careful I could spend all day dreaming about what could be versus executing what needs to happen.

Help! I'm Running My Church's Social Media All by Myself

At the same time, I know that being on team is not always the norm. Sometimes, you are required to a job all by yourself, with little to no help. Yep, you’re on an island.

I think this is true for a lot of people running social media for their church. Somehow, they were designated as the “tech person” in their church and they were handed the Twitter password and told to “get the church on social media”. You might just fit this bill.

Social Media Weekly Brief for 7/24/15

Happy Friday and welcome to this week’s social media brief. This week, we have stories about Twitter backgrounds, Youtube stars, and Facebook’s new video features. Also, next Monday on the Ask Darrel Podcast we’ll talk about whether or not your church should have multiple Facebook pages.

Social Media Weekly Brief for 7_24_15

Twitter just removed your homepage wallpaper, and people are furious
What this means for your church: I’m sure there a lot of theories out there as to why Twitter made this change. However, I think the most likely reason is that they’re getting ready to put ads on your Twitter page. So what ads will Twitter show on your church’s profile page? It will be interesting to see.

The Two Most Important Essentials of a Digital Strategy

When I first started working my for my church, I was given a pretty big head start. Before I even showed up on campus, our communications minister, Steve Smith, had already written a digital strategy. It was a solid strategy with plans for social media and online resources. However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing.

The Two Most Important Essentials of a Digital Strategy

At first, I assessed our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. I drew up a content calendar and begin to get content flowing. However, despite some immediate success, I knew that we were missing something big.

Then it hit me…