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Those of us in the church-tech space are part of an ever-changing landscape.

Not only are we constantly familiarizing ourselves with new tech solutions, we have to stay on top of new ways to use our existing technology.

Finding and subscribing to the right church-tech blogs is the ideal way to keep up-to-date in this constantly shifting landscape. Blogs aren’t tied to a publishing schedule, so you’re not waiting to read a magazine article that’s been in production for months. Instead, you’re receiving a steady stream of updated information from regulars in the space.

We’ve put together a list of 20 church-tech blogs that run the tech gamut. In these blogs, you’ll find information on church presentations, set design, training, marketing, and many other areas in the church where information and technology intersect.

 

Here are some church tech blogs you should follow:

We’ll give you a little information about each blog, and link to a couple interesting posts to get you started!

1. ChurchMag

If you’re looking for relevant and timely content related to technology and creativity, ChurchMag is a good place to start. Since its inception in 2008, it has grown into one of the biggest blogs in this space.

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2. ChurchTechToday

Through her church-tech public-relations consulting work, Lauren Hunter saw a need in 2007 for a space where church-tech companies could share their expertise and reach their target audience. ChurchTechToday is now one of the premier blogs in the area of church technology.

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3. [twelve thirty] media

[twelve thirty] media is all about creating dynamic content for church production teams. Their blog is full of wonderful tips and tricks for your church to create powerful worship environments. Oh, and in case you were wondering, their name comes from Mark 12:30: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

 

 

From their website: “Jesus summed up the entire Old and New Testament with two commands: Love God and Love People. And we believe that if your life is dedicated to Loving God, Loving People will flow naturally. It is our prayer that you will live your life showing others what it looks to Love God with everything you are.”

Check out these posts:

  • Practice Your Mixing Skills
    The blog posts kicks off with the fact that mixing sound is an art and a technical craft. This post has some tips to get you started.
  • 4 Things to do to Prep for a Service
    You probably could come up with a list of things that you need to do to prepare for a service. Make sure they include Brian Damerow’s tips!
  • How Loud Is Too Loud?
    If there is any question more pertinent for a church sound engineer than this one, I don’t know what it is. Rom Merow helps you establish a church volume guideline.

 

4. Worship Facilities

If you’re a church looking to maximize the use of your resources, technologies, and staff, Worship Facilities is a good place to start. You’ll find a lot of helpful information for your church team.

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  • When Great Systems Sound Bad
    Your sound system can make or break a service, and it’s not as intuitive as one might think. As this post says, “An average audio system in a good room will work well, but a great audio system in a bad room will work terribly, all because of the physics involved.”
  • Most Common Sound Mistake
    When it comes to engagement, you want feedback. But when it comes to sound, you don’t. Here’s a look at the most common sound complaint.
  • 5 Reasons to Change Over to LED Lighting
    Is it on your radar to update your church lighting? Maybe it should be.

5. The Creative Pastor

Kendall Conner is the creative pastor at Piedmont Chapel in Greensboro, NC. He’s constantly working in the design, media, and video space. Subscribe to his blog and you’ll benefit from his expertise.

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6. echurch

echurch is the arm of Pushpay—the world’s premier mobile giving solution—that serves the church. Their blog is full of great content in the church tech and leadership space.

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7. TripleWide Media

TripleWide Media is all about providing the largest collection of multiscreen stock footage and media to their community. But their website is a real storehouse of information (and inspiration) related to creating an incredible environment.

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8. Church Media Graphics

As the leader in fresh screen visuals, Church Media Graphics has a blog you want to go to for in-depth articles on things like visuals, graphic design, video production, lighting and stage design, and other related topics.

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9. Behind the Mixer

Whether you call it church audio production or church audio artistry, Behind the Mixer is the place you to go to improve your church’s sound game.

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10. YouthMinistryMedia.ca

Kolby Milton has been a youth worker for over 10 years. His interests in ministry dovetail perfectly with his interest in graphic design and anything technical. His blog has some helpful ministry and tech advice with just a smattering of church marketing.

Check out these posts:

  • The 3 Best Camera Apps
    What youth workers camera isn’t filled up with pictures of kids doing odd stunts? Here’s Kolby’s list of camera apps you should be using.
  • 3 Amazing Graphic Design Tools
    If you’re a youth worker, you’ve probably been put in the position once or twice of being a closet designer. If that’s the case, here are some tools that can make your designs pop.
  • How To Get Your Church An App
    Does your church have an app? What?! Why not? It’s 2016 and the world is becoming more and more mobile. Allow Kolby to tell you how you can get your own church app.

11. Church Tech Arts

In 2007, Mike Sessler started Church Tech Arts as a way to chronicle his work as a technical director of a mid-sized church in New York. He’s now regarded as an authority in church technology and his expertise helps churches use technology to accomplish their mission.

Check out these posts:

  • Digital Mixer Comparison: M200i, X32, StudioLive 24.4.2
    It’s nice to have someone comparing the benefits of mid-sized tech equipment. Here Mike looks at the differences in the following mixers: Roland M200i, Behringer X32, Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2.
  • Keys to Becoming a Great Technical Artist
    This is the sixth part of a series on becoming a great technical artist. This fantastic post is on the need to acquiring technical skill.
  • Love Languages for Techies
    This 2010 post is one of Mike’s classics. Why? Because every church has techies that they’re not sure how to encourage and champion. Here Mike shares their love language.

12. ACS Technologies

ACS Technologies is a company that helps over 50,000 churches manage everything from their child care to their web sites. Not only is this South Carolina company so important to the church at large, but they also have a really helpful blog full of great tech tips.

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  • Fostering the Right Kind of Communication
    With church members becoming increasingly available all the time through various mobile technologies, how can churches make sure they’re sending the right messages at the right time?
  • 3 Things to Consider before Posting During the Sermon
    Who hasn’t pulled out their phone during a sermon because the pastor said something that prompted a tweet or Facebook post? This is a helpful post about discerning whether it’s the right message at the right time.
  • Your Church Online
    This post provides a strong place to start for churches new to building an online community. It can help you know where to start to build a strong church community.

13. Josh Burns

Josh is a marketing communications manager who helps churches use social media. This blog pulls together his thoughts on social media and church communication.

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14. Steve Fogg

Steve’s worn a lot of hats: graphic designer, creative director, and communications guy. A lot of his posts fall into the marketing genre (an important area to be sure), but there is plenty here for the tech-savvy team member.

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15. Faith Engineer

What do you get when you take a former design engineer and make him a pastor in Virginia? You get FaithEngineer.com.

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16. Anthony Coppedge

Anthony is a data-driven marketing guy. If you’re into outcome-focused work that’s system and process oriented (and what techies aren’t?), Anthony has a blog that’s right up your alley.

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17. Church Juice

“Everything communicates something, so why not be intentional about what your church is saying to your community and congregation?” This is the question that defines the vision of Church Juice. You’ll find that reading their blog is like an online course in church communications.

Check out these posts:

  • The Good and Bad of Stock Photography
    Stock photography is both a benefit and a bane. When used well, it can make your communication really pop. If used poorly—and it’s so easy to use poorly, it can undermine your best efforts.
  • Communications Project Checklist
    Creating effective content doesn’t happen by accident. You have to be really strategic in the way you define and connect with your audience. This checklist will help you do exactly that.
  • Church Website Spring Cleaning
    Your website shouldn’t be a static, set-it-and-forget-it kind of affair. You should come back to it periodically to clean it up, and make sure everything is up-to-date.

18. Tecnoiglesia

This church tech website is focused on equipping a Spanish-speaking audience. But thanks to Chrome’s ability to quickly translate websites for you, everyone can benefit from the incredibly helpful content on this site.

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19. Disciplr

Tech has crept into so many areas of the church—including children’s ministry. The techies in the kidmin space need some tools to help them, too. Disciplr is a cutting-edge tool for keeping your children’s ministry running smoothly, and for anyone in that space, their blog is a must-read.

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20. Matt Heerema

Matt is a pastor in Ames, Iowa and the owner, director, and web strategist at Mere Agency. He’s been creating websites for 15 years and has developed an expertise in areas of web strategy, information architecture, usability, front-end development, and project management.

Check out these posts:

  • I Made You a Freelancing Rate Calculator
    The worst part about contract work is knowing how to charge for your services. Here’s a great tool to help you put a dollar amount on your work.
  • Shutting Off the Email Firehose
    It seems like the more tech work you do, the more you end up on email lists. Here’s some tips to overcome being inundated with emails.
  • Joy in Bi-Vocational Ministry
    Most people working in the church are volunteers or making part-time pay for a lot of time and effort. Is joy possible in bi-vocational ministry? Absolutely.
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