more notes from May 2010

“Micro” Managing « TechStew

  • I’ve recently begun exploring microsites and how organizations, particularly nonprofits, can take advantage of them to highlight resources or projects that merit specific attention beyond their primary websites.
  • I am curious to learn more about microsites from the perspective of technology stewardship and community. I suspect it varies from community to community, based on internal structures, target communities, organizational size, and overall objectives. Below are a few questions floating around my head:
    • What is the decision-making process involved in determining whether a microsite is appropriate for an organization?
    • What are criteria for deciding which project or service merits its own microsite?
    • What infrastructures need to be in place to support success?
    • How is success defined and what are benchmarks for determining these successes?

“It’s Friendship, Friendship, Just a Perfect Blendship”* « TechStew

  • I also wonder about the implications for community stewardship. How do we determine, develop, and facilitate social norms that are appropriate for our communities? Is this something that organizations are addressing explicitly, or is it left to individual members? What are questions we should be asking?

Welcome to My World « TechStew

  • How do we welcome people into our communities of practice?

    Recently I was asked to compile ideas and resources about welcoming new members into a community of practice. The group I am involved with is a meta-CoP of professionals who work in Jewish communal organizations – that is, a community of practice whose members facilitate communities of practice. They represent the fields of informal and formal education, camps, social work, arts, religion, philanthropy, and more – in other words, a mix of dedicated professionals trying to make the world a better place.

  • Welcoming is a complex process. Cultures have core welcoming narratives that help define and shape who they are.

Communities and Collaboration » Technology Stewards

  • I think this hits it squarely on the head.  I would only add that it also requires a lot of ’soft’ skills, such as  patience and diplomacy. Based on my own experience with the Improvement and Development Agency’s communities of practice, I spend more time explaining to current and potential users why we shouldn’t be embarking on some particular technical enhancement – which  may meet the needs of one or two users at the expense of aggravating several hundred others – than getting on with ensuring the overall environment is fit for purpose.

Communities and Collaboration » Technology Stewardship

The Barna Group – Barna Technology Study: Social Networking, Online Entertainment and Church Podcasts

  • “On the positive side, however, technology can empower and engage people, across generations, socio-economic segments, and physical boundaries. Young people, for instance, think of themselves as creators of content, not merely consumers of it. Technology, in essence, gives them a voice and fuels their search for calling. Whether or not you welcome it, technology creates an entirely new calculus of influence and independence. The stewardship of technology as a force for good in culture is an important role for technologists, entrepreneurs, educators, and Christian leaders.”

Full Circle Associates

  • Last week I posted a bit about technology stewardship, particularly community tech stewardship. Beth asked for a definition – a great question. So John SmithEtienne Wenger and I batted one about for a bit. Here is what we came up with.

    “Technology stewards are people with enough experience of the working s of a community to understand its technology needs, and enough experience with technology to take leadership in addressing those needs. Stewardship typically includes selecting and configuring technology, as well as supporting its use in the practice of the community .”

Using Technology for Stewardship | eJewish Philanthropy: The Jewish Philanthropy Blog

  • Did you have parties before eVite allowed you to invite people for free online? Did you pay your bills before banks offered you online banking? Of course you did. The technologies only made the processes cheaper and easier. Similarly, your organization has been fundraising and building relationships with donors and prospects for years, even before the computer!

    Stewardship – like cultivation – is really about relationships. Technology will never be used as the primary channel for stewarding your donors. But, like fundraising in general, technology can be used to make your nonprofit’s stewardship efforts more effective and efficient. The following are a few examples of how technology can help you steward your donors:

Full Circle Associates

  • I have been evolving my understanding of what it means to “steward technology” for groups and networks.
  • If you look at the language Benamer uses, it is attentive to the impacts of technology choices to his or her organization. It displays a community perspective, rather than just a technology perspective Here are a few examples:
    • Always look for new tech opportunities AFTER your learn the business.
    • Believe it or not, the people answering your phones at your front desk are quite often budding technologists.
    • Do not dismiss real concerns about work load.
    • Operate on the principle that all new gadgetry will in turn, create a cultural shift.
    • New stuff has to be demonstrably better than the old stuff.
  • Another article, flagged by Beth Kanter, a steward informs the non profit view of technology stewardship, gives a view in to a business technology stewardship perspective. Dave Pollard examines social networking with a focus on the activities that tools can support. This also strikes me as technology stewardship.

The Internet is Perfect for Ministry | tonysteward

  • The Internet is Perfect for Ministry

    May 24, 2010 in Strategy with 3 Comments

    1. Social networking just passed pornography as the number one activity of people who are online.
    2. The most perpetual function and way that we navigate the internet is by revealing our needs to a search engine to find answers.
    3. There are now billions of mobile phones with access to the internet that connect with people in the timing and context of their life at a level more relevant then they are even are of…

How to Lives Stream | Live streaming basics

  • How streaming video works

    If you have ever worked with video, then you know that the files in question are big. Streaming video across the internet is not as simple as putting up a web page on your average web hosting account at GoDaddy. If you put a video on your average server like the one your church’s website is sitting on, it would be fine for a few viewers to watch, but once it starts to get hit by even 100 people at one time, it will bring that server to it’s knees.

    This is where a Content Delivery Network (CDN) comes in. These are massive and robust networks of redundant servers all around the globe that can handle huge traffic and serve rich media at high speeds. Sites like YouTube, Hulu and Netflix all serve there video off of some sort of CDN whether it be their own network or a third party.

    Here’s how it works, you upload your content, live or taped, to one of your CDN’s servers that is geographically closest to you and they distribute the media across their network from there. The CDN distributes the content in real time across a robust network of servers around the world. When a user visits your content, they are served the media from the nearest server to them.

Life Scribbles: Tips for Bloggers

  • Blog first for yourself.
    • Don’t blog solely to become popular or influential. Allow the discipline and art of blogging to shape you as person. Will it benefit your professional work? Most definitely. Nevertheless, may the primary reason you blog be for your personal focusing and reflection. Life is too amazing to let is zoom past you.

Google Voice Now Available for Students With .edu Email Address | Technology,Technology News,Latest News,Educational Articles,Study Guide

  • Google Voice also offers free Sms Service. The Students may sign up for the Google Voice by Entering their Valid .edu Email Address on the following page

    Once entered an Invitation will be received from Google with in 24 Hours. Although Google is in a process of establishing a more robust platform for the users other contenders are currently building up their reputation by providing Quality Fully Featured Services.

    Some of the Websites that are currently offer services like Google voice are and Ribbit.Com.

The Webinar Blog: Recent News In The Webcasting World

  • Live webinars tend to most commonly (but not always) have the following characteristics:
    • Audience sizes of 20-400
    • Heavy reliance on PowerPoint materials
    • Limited reliance on video, whether live or prerecorded
    • Audio that may be delivered over computer, phone, or both
    • Audience interaction through polls, typed chat, and/or voice
    • Speakers presenting from computer workstations
    • Audience members watching individually at their own computers

    Live webcasts often demonstrate different trends:

    • Audience sizes ranging into many hundreds or thousands.
    • Heavy reliance on video – either live or prerecorded
    • Audio delivered exclusively over computer speakers
    • More limited audience interaction, especially for typed chat and voice
    • Speakers presenting in front of a local audience or in a studio setting
    • Audience members who may be watching a projected screen together in a room

Online NewsHour: Report | Evangelicism Spreads in S. Korea | February 28, 2007 | PBS

  • Christianity’s rise in Korea

    FRED DE SAM LAZARO: Perhaps a third of South Korea’s 48 million people call themselves Christian. That’s more than the number who subscribe to the traditional belief systems, Buddhism and Confucianism, combined.Just a century ago, there were almost no Christians in Korea. Scholars cannot recall anywhere, at least in recent history, that a faith has spread so quickly. It could have much to do with Christianity’s role in Korea’s recent history.

    The first missionaries, American Presbyterians, arrived in Korea in the late 1800s. They became closely allied with Korea’s battle for independent from Japanese rule. They also built an impressive legacy.

    SOUTH KOREAN HISTORIAN (through translator): They established junior high, college, medical facilities, and they evangelized the noble families. So when we were still under Japanese, those intelligentsia, they linked that believing in Jesus Christ is equal to working for Korea’s liberation movement.

    CHURCH PASTOR: … and proclaim your word, there will be miracles…

How do I avoid copyright music problems – YouTube Help

  • Note that it’s not YouTube’s decision whether or not to mute or remove a video, but the copyright owner’s. If they see a video with their material in it for which they didn’t give permission, they have the legal right to order YouTube to remove it. If your other videos remain online, it’s simply because the copyright owners have not filed complaints against them, but there’s guarantee they never will.

YouTube Now Mutes Videos With Unauthorized Copyrighted Music

  • YouTube users often create an original video using their favorite popular song as the audio. I’m afraid that they won’t be able to do that much longer, since YouTube has started muting videos that use unauthorized copyrighted music (and that pretty much means all user-created videos.)

WordPress Converting Tags and Categories » kimplicity

  • admin functionality to convert categories to tags or tags to categories.  Simply go to your Dashboard, go to Tools > Import and select Categories and Tags Converter.  The URL for converting categories to tags is /wp-admin/admin.php?import=wp-cat2tag and for converting tags to categories is /wp-admin/admin.php?import=wp-cat2tag&step=3.

The problem with Hell, part two… – BaylyBlog: Out of our minds, too…

  • Keller initially—and rightly—emphasizes the importance of preaching and teaching on Hell. He writes:

    “Why is this so extremely important to stress in our preaching and teaching today? The idea of hell is implausible to people because they see it as unfair that infinite punishment would be meted out for comparably minor, finite false steps (like not embracing Christianity.) Also, almost no one knows anyone (including themselves) that seem to be bad enough to merit hell. But the Biblical teaching on hell answers both of these objections.”

Custom Fonts in WordPress with Cufon | Richard Shepherd

  • The special headings on this site (which is an open-source font called Chunk Five) are rendered using Cufon. For the techinically minded amongst you (and I don’t count myself in that illustrious bunch ) Cufon converts font paths to VML paths, stores this information as JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) and then renders the fonts using JavaScript. This is clever stuff, but we need not worry about the complex jiggery-pokery.

The Unlikely Expat: Korea as one big family

  • We were talking about some of the hardships of expat life, e.g. making friends, culture clash, language barriers, etc. And she told me that she went to a Korean church in Beijing to make friends. (About 40% of Korean is Christian, and Korean churches are often the nucleus of a Korean immigrant community.) And at the church she met several Koreans who asked her to borrow money.

Bookfoolery and Babble: Grace for the Afflicted by Matthew S. Stanford, PhD

  • Just about everything. The author describes the use of medication — when it’s needed, when it’s not and why some people absolutely must use medication. They may need prayer, as well, but what mentally ill people need more than anything is emotional support of their fellow Christians and help with basic needs during crisis. He suggests making meals, performing simple chores, helping pay the bills and such — the same kind of little things that most church members are happy to provide after surgery, childbirth or a funeral — for times that a mentally ill person is having trouble functioning.As I was reading I thought, “This is one of those rare, special books that I think absolutely every Christian should read.”

Caring for People God’s Way |

  • With a focus on assessment, treatment planning, and intervention strategies, this resource belongs on every counselor’s bookshelf…but will more likely be found lying open, marked-up and highlighted, on every counselor’s desk.

    Some of the Christian counseling leaders contributing chapters include:

    • Everett Worthington on Forgiveness
    • Diane Langberg on Sexual Abuse
    • Gary & Carrie Oliver on Anger
    • Mark Laaser on Addictions
    • Siang-Yang Tan & Michael Lyles on Depression and Bipolar Disorder
    • Linda Mintle on Eating Disorders

Seriously?: Grace for the Afflicted by Dr. Matthew Stanford

  • In his new book, Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness, Dr. Stanford presents both the scientific evidence and the biblical truths that should shape the Christian view of mental illness.

Guidance, understanding key parts in overcoming ministers’ depression

  • Mental health of ministers has traditionally been a taboo subject in the Church and can take on many forms from stress to depression to Bipolar disorder. However, mental health counselors and Convention leaders say it’s an area that affects not only the individual, but the local church, and can’t be swept under the rug any longer.

Therapy At Home

  • Battling Bi-Polar Disorder with Dr. Michael Lyles  

    Bi-Polar Disorder used to be called manic depression. This puzzling and debilitating condition is characterized by dramatic mood swings between depression and hyperactive states known as “mania.” In all its various forms, it affects millions worldwide. Left untreated, Bi-Polar Disorder can seriously damage lives and tear families apart. When diagnosed and treated correctly, life can regain its balance. Christian psychiatrist, Dr. Michael Lyles, explains this challenging disorder — its causes, symptoms, and treatments — and offers careful direction to individuals and families.

Virtual Events 101: Learn Virtual « It’s All Virtual

Is An Email Confidentiality Notice Legally Binding

  • It’s not a legally defensible position. It’s overused boilerplate, commonly seen in email from lawyers.

How to Add A Confidentiality Notice To Your Outlook E-Mail Signature |

  • CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE This E-Mail transmission (and/or the documents accompanying it) is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain information protected by the attorney-client privilege, the attorney-work-product doctrine or other applicable privileges or confidentiality laws or regulations. If you are not an intended recipient, you may not review, use, copy, disclose or distribute this message or any of the information contained in this message to anyone. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of this message and any attachments.

WordPress the_tags() for custom taxonomies — ShennyG is me

  • WordPress the_tags() for custom taxonomies

    September 27, 2009

    in Uncategorized

    So I was looking at pulling the associated taxonomy terms for a wordpress project I am working on and needed something like the_tags() for the custom taxonomies I created.

    The closest thing to documentation on what I was looking for was the_tags() function

How to display Tag Clouds without using any WordPress Plugins – Honeytech Blog – Top 10 | Tutorials | Internet Tools | How to | Guides

  • <h2>Hot Tags </h2>
    <?php if ( function_exists(‘wp_tag_cloud’) ) : ?>
    <?php wp_tag_cloud(‘smallest=8&largest=22&order=RAND&exclude=1,2’); ?>
    <?php endif; ?>

Stuff I Can Use – the 411

  • is a collection of resources, links, and other materials produced mainly for the student and college/young adult ministries at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. The idea came from us making sweet stuff for our programs and then it was sitting on someone‘s computer doing nothing, so we decided to setup in order to make our stuff available for you to use in your ministry. We adopted an open source philosophy and decided to give away free swag to you. We hope you can use these resources to help your ministry communicate the love of Jesus.

when good news becomes old news « reformed blogging.

  • Here’s a great quote on the particularity of the Christian gospel; and a reason why preachers shouldn’t try to ‘domesticate’ or ‘naturalize’ the gospel into a universal, timeless truth that we are all too familiar with. To finite sinners the gospel always surprises us and constantly catches us off-guard; the uniqueness of the good news demands that it never be heard as ‘old news’: – Tim Keller on Leadership and Church Size Dynamics

  • One of the most common reasons for pastoral leadership mistakes and missteps is blindness to the significance of church size. Size has an enormous impact on how a church functions; that being said, the “size-culture” profoundly affects how decisions are made, how relationships flow, how effectiveness is evaluated, and how its staff operates. We tend to think of the primary differences between churches in strictly denominational or theological terms, but that underestimates the impact of size on how a church operates. The difference between how two Presbyterian churches, one of 100 people and one of 2,000 members, function may be greater than the difference between a Presbyterian and a Pentecostal church of the same size. The staff person who goes from a church of 400 to a church of 2,000 is making a far greater change than if he or she moved from one denomination to another.

    When Lyle Schaller gives names to the different church-size categories, he deliberately chooses completely different “orders of being.” He calls a church of less than 35 members a “cat,” a church of 100-175 a “garden,” and a church of 225-450 a “mansion.” Why? Because a larger church is not simply a larger version of a smaller church. The differences in communication, community formation, and decision-making processes are so great that the leadership skills required in each are almost of a completely different order.

Learnings @ Leadership Network: Making Connections Getting the Most from Social Media

  • If you’re a small, declining church full of senior citizens, social media is probably a waste of time for you. although that may change in years to come. If you’re an “average” church reaching a good mix of all ages, Facebook is for you as it will touch the most people. Twitter is more of a professional tool used by a professional crowd, and even then it’s still used by a small percentage of those folks.

Why Is It So Hard to Delete Your Facebook Account? – TIME NewsFeed

  • The actual deactivation process is fairly simple. Once logged in, click on Account Settings, and select Deactivate Account at the bottom. But first, Facebook gives you a guilt trip in the form of an ad with Facebook friends and your memories together, suggesting they’ll miss you. If you can make it past that (you coldhearted person, you) be sure to click “Opt out of receiving emails from Facebook.” Otherwise your friends can still invite you to events, ask you to join groups, and even tag you in photos.

HTML ins tag

  • DTD indicates in which HTML 4.01/XHTML 1.0 DTD the attribute is allowed. S=Strict, T=Transitional, and F=Frameset.
    Attribute Value Description DTD
    cite URL Specifies a URL to a document which explains why the text was inserted/changed STF
    datetime YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssTZD Specifies the date and time when the text was inserted/changed

iPhone Super Caller ID Application: What a good selling point : Product Reviews Net

  • directly under the phone number there is a line which shows you the area where the phone number is located, this is special we love it. This iPhone super Caller ID feature would be and will be a massive benefit as a selling point for loads of consumers.

Need a Great Church Website? Start Here. « AM Design

  • What we typically mean by these statements is that there are two parts to any great website:
    1. FRONT-END – This refers to the visible site content files that the public views when going to your domain. You may have also heard this called your “user interface”. The front-end defines the look and feel of the site. The job of the front-end files is to be the visually pleasing package that displays all the complex programming going on in the back end.
    2. BACK-END  – The back-end refers to the files, databases, management systems, control panels, and code that make your website actually function.

The Rise of Networked Individuals: The Millennial Tide | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

  • The conversation covers questions such as: How have the internet and smart phones enabled modern citizens to create information and media that help them influence others, navigate their options and create new kinds of communities? Are new tools of social media – like blogs, social network sites and texting – reshaping the very environment of media and information itself?

Future of Church Web

  • The future of church websites is less about technology and more about intentional ministry. The reality of the web as ministry outreach tool, and not an announcement platform or advertisement, is something that churches and ministries need to grasp. And it is not about posting the steps to salvation somewhere on your church website. It’s about INTERACTION. Its about INTENTIONALITY. Its about seeing beyond the walls of a building and creating relationships with people who need the message that you have been entrusted with. But then, that is what ministry has always been about no matter the medium.

New Media Index Methodology | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)

  • Two prominent Web tracking sites, Technorati and Icerocket, monitor more than 100 million blogs and over 250 million pieces of social media, using the links to articles embedded on these sites as a proxy for determining what these subjects are.

    Each of these two sites offers lists of the most linked-to news stories, based on the number of blogs or other sites that link to them. These stories are almost always from mainstream news sources such as the New York Times Web site or


Releasing Expired Leaders | tonysteward

  • Trusting someone, though, doesn’t mean you leave out goals, expectations and accountability. Know what they are shooting for, help them review their progress, and keep them firing on all cylinders.

CSS Call to action button | CSS Creator

  • .button { background: #68a99d; background: rgba(100,164,151,0.8); background: -webkit-gradient(linear, center top, center bottom, color-stop(0.10, rgba(100,164,151,1)), color-stop(0.90, rgba(100,164,151,0.7))); background: -moz-linear-gradient(center top, rgba(100,164,151,1) 10%, rgba(100,164,151,0.7) 90%); color: #fff; border-color: #aaa; -moz-box-shadow:0 3px 4px rgba(0,0,0,0.5); -webkit-box-shadow:0 3px 6px rgba(0,0,0,0.5); box-shadow:0 3px 6px rgba(0,0,0,0.5); text-shadow: 0 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.9); border: 1px solid #000; -moz-border-radius:2px; -webkit-border-radius:2px; border-radius:2px;   }

25 Examples of Convincing Call-to-Action Buttons | EDESIGNERZ.NET | Button, Buttons, Calltoaction, It’s, Design

  • If one type of call-to-action button was more successful than any other, you can be sure that every website would be using it. While it’s possible to identify similarities between the buttons above, there are clearly lots of differences too. It’s vital that you test different combinations of call-to-action buttons on your site, to see how each one affects conversion rates. You can do this easily using Google Website Optimizer. Whatever your call-to-action buttons look like, however, make sure that they fit your overall website design.

Web Design Trends: Call To Action Buttons – Freelance Web Designer Lee Munroe

  • Call to action buttons are the buttons that you, as a web designer, want all your users to click on when they land on your page. Usually they’ll be a link to a download, signup or sale.

Simple “Call To Action” Button With CSS & jQuery | Design

  • Call to action in web design is a term used for elements in a web page that solicit an action from the user (clicking, hovering, etc). Today we’re going to create an effective and awesome call to action button with some CSS and jQuery that grab the user’s attention and entice him to click .

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Report: Art of Preaching in Asian American Settings workshop (NCal) « ISAAC Blog

  • Just about every Asian American ministry, theology, and scholarly gatherings that I’ve ever attended has been unable to get past the initial step. The fundamental challenge Asian Americans face is to create a relatively clear self-representation amidst our incredible language, cultural, and generational diversities. For example, using terms such as “yellow,” “Confucian,” or “shame” reflect East Asian contexts that South and Southeast Asian Americans do not share. I suspect that the only commonality we share is how we are treated or viewed by America. Our inter-generational challenges, our perceived foreignness, our shared history of anti-Asian discrimination are pretty much the only thing that we seem to hold in common. Can we truly create a new self-representation on this basis?

The Geek Church » About

  • There are many tech and gadget blogs out there on the Internet, and there are many Christian-related blogs. This may be the first Christian tech and gadget blog. I say maybe the first because, honestly, I might have messed up on my research.

Beautiful Dynamic Church Website Design

  • Mobile/Iphone Support
    Display a mobile optimized version of your church site automatically

Import & Export Links « Support —

  • You can export your links by visiting and then use the Save File option in your web browser (usually by clicking File -> Save As… but the exact wording may vary depending on your browser).

How to install WordPress + PHP + mySQL to a local development server environment on Windows or Mac, in 3 minutes | WordPress web design course

  • How to install WordPress + PHP + mySQL to a local development server environment on Windows or Mac, in 3 minutes

    This is so easy it will knock your socks off.  It took me 10 minutes, but that was because I wasn’t clear on mySQL security – it should take 3 minutes, so this article could save you 7 minutes.  I did it because I was doing a lot of development with short testing cycles and was tired of the server lag-time of my remote server.

Churches ask members to turn their mobile phone on during church | Pastor’s toolBox

  • Pastor Wayne Cordeiro of New Hope Christian Fellowship, a multi-campus church in Hawaii, utilized Poll Everywhere in a church service to ask a number of probing questions to both the congregation at his church and his live television audience. As each question was displayed, the audience had the opportunity to text in their answer. The results were updated in real-time and represented as moving bar charts on a side screen. The audience remained highly engaged and the results of the polls were surprising. It provided New Hope countless opportunities to address specific issues facing the members and visitors of the church. Blog

  • People allowed to text questions before and during service.
  • All (approved) texts displayed on screen during intro so people make the connection that the texts are being received in real time. An online flash movie is displayed on the large screen to display the questions and transition nicely between them (Text to Screen feature).
  • Out of all entries random ones are picked and three at a time are “approved” for display on the screen. As these go by, the speaking pastor (Mark Beeson in this case) asks for the audience to pick the question they want by clapping for it. Once chosen the Spyder operator “freezes” the main screen on that question (online flash movie doesn’t stop).
  • The speaking pastor then answers the question while the “approved” questions are scrapped for the next three.
  • This continues until there is no time left in the message portion of the service. Blog

  • Create a weekend service where the audience can participate by texting in questions they want immediately addressed by the speaking pastor (Mark Beeson in this case). Obviously all questions won’t be answered, but they will still scroll on the screen (if appropriate) so the interactivity is there. A couple random questions are chosen for the audience to pick from. Once the question is picked the speaking pastor answers the question and then the process starts over with another round of questions to choose from.

text your question pastor – Search Results – LeadingSmart

  • As people walked in before the service, they saw questions being scrolled on the screen that were coming in instantly. For the first service, we staged these with sample questions, but after a few minutes we used only questions submitted by the people in the room. We displayed these as quickly as we could click “approve” on a moderator’s screen.

    As the service began, Mark Beeson gave instructions on how the service would play out. No message. Only answers to your questions.

    After some singing, the answers began. I sat behind a computer selecting three questions at a time that we would scroll on the screen when Mark was ready. The audience would then “vote” by clapping on which question they wanted Mark to answer.

Collide Magazine | Texting from the Pews to the Pulpit

  • Text messaging also provides an opportunity for members and attendees to privately express a specific need in a timely manner. Michael Forsberg, Textologist at Jarbyco (a company that provides mobile solutions specializing in text message marketing) says, “The concept of writing prayer requests on a card at church and putting it into a box has evolved into texting in prayer requests at any time of day or night.”
  • Park Community Church also provides an interactive and engaging opportunity for attendees via text messaging. “During every service we allow people to text in questions and we take about five minutes at the end of each message to answer some of them,” reports Schraeder. “We’ve also used it to conduct a live poll in our services.”

    The speaking pastor preaches the sermon from the stage and throughout the message attendees are allowed to answer polls or submit questions to a supplied phone number. The messages are then vetted and emailed to the pastor’s laptop. As a result, the pastor has immediate answers to the poll, or he can respond to audience questions from the stage. “The texting Q&A sessions from our services have become so popular we now do an individual podcast each week of the Q&A sessions from all of our services,” adds Schraeder.

  • The list of SMS (short message service) implementation providers is plentiful, but a few of the industry leaders are Ez TextingJarbycoMemberHub, and PhoneTree. The services vary, but the main functions are announcements, contests, reminders, polls, inspirational messages, prayer requests, and alert groups. As far as the primary functions, Forsberg says they are “the ability for the church to connect with people, and more importantly, for people to connect with the church.”

Churches use SMS to engage congregations nationwide – Mobile Marketer – Messaging

  • “Different ministries are trying different things such as live events on the weekends, where the audience members can text in questions while the pastor is teaching,” Ms. Baldwin said.

    “It’s changed the way they run their services so Q&A is incorporated, and the pastor can address those to the entire congregation,” she said.

    “It’s great for people giving them a safe place to ask questions that they wouldn’t feel comfortable doing otherwise.”

  • A great way to leverage this technology is to display prayer requests on side-screens when worship songs are played.

    “This allows for a powerful moment — the church body collectively yet individually praying over a specific need,” Ms. Baldwin said. “It’s a cool thing to come from a simple text message.”

YouVersion Live in the Local Church – : swerve

  • After the recent launch of YouVersion Live, it’s been great to see how many churches are already integrating it into their weekend services. You can see some examples of the events churches have created on the YouVersion blog.

    Many are introducing it as “interactive talk notes,” or an “electronic bulletin” since that seems to be an easy concept for people to latch on to. At, we’re sticking with a simple description as well: “To follow along with today’s message on your mobile device, go to”

The Case for Church Communications Part 1: What is a Director of Communications? |

  • The director of communications is responsible for managing and directing a church’s internal and external communications. They work to create communication strategies and (depending on their role or level of authority) serve as the key spokesperson and media contact for the organization.


  • One is that they use texting not just to say that they are doing it… but to really integrate world events and topics into the services while engaging the entire audience. One weekend they ran live text-to-screen polls to get a pulse of the congregation on the topic of finances and how the current state of the economy influences their spiritual journey. A hot topic these days.

    Another weekend they did something great where they used texting to create an anonymous question forum. People could text in their questions to the screen that were later answered by the pastor at the end of the service. This is cool for a number of reasons.

Ask Mark Driscoll ANYTHING «

  • Now he’s going Web 2.0 to generate a sermon series. Not the kind of preach through a book of the Bible, chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse. Over at, they’re collecting questions Twitter-style until November 1st, and then inviting you to vote on the favorite questions until December 14th. The top 9 questions with the most votes will become a sermon series beginning January 2008. (yes, the full 9-yards Web 2.0 with RSS feeds, comment threads, recent questionsblog..)


  • Among the various ways people could sign up for service projects, RSVP via Texting allowed members to easily pick their volunteer opportunity by simply texting in the name of the team that they wanted to serve on. Then, the smart logistics people were able to capture the data, copy, and paste people in their desired groups with out trying to decipher messy handwriting or risking dangerous paper cuts.

Technologies For Worship Magazine- Church Technology Resources

  • “Video [at Granger Community Church] started as a hobby on my home computer,” laughs Petersen. “My advice to smaller churches is to make use of the people you already have. Utilize their hobbies and interests. Realize that there are people who have already purchased digital cameras, editing software and have higher end computers than you could pay for – in fact, they may just be writing e-mail on it. Help them with some teaching and encouragement and those resources are already there.”

Granger’s iPad Review « MEADOR.ORG ~ The virtual world of Granger Meador

  • Newspaper Killer

    My favorite use of the iPad is reading online newspapers and web articles I’ve saved with Instapaper.  The New York Times has an Editor’s Choice iPad app that has a great selection of top stores in different categories.  I love finger-swiping through them on its Home and Technology pages, tapping a story to read it and swiping right-to-left to read more of it.  USA Today also has a good iPad app, although you swipe vertically to read more of a story, while swiping left and right takes you from one story to another.  And I like reading the Tulsa World in regular webpage mode on my iPad with its Safari browser, although I worry about the World and hope they can get an economic model that keeps them afloat – I’m no longer a subscriber but still get all of their great content, and I doubt their online ad revenues are making up the difference.  My local Examiner-Enterprise paper can also be viewed in story form or in full-page mode on the iPad, although the Examiner’s E-Edition PDF mode has poor navigation where you have to manually load in another page to read longer articles.  Finally, I also catch up on the local radio station’s newsbrief in the iPad browser.

    Occasionally I’ll scroll through the print/audio stories on NPR’s great iPad app, but I’ve been terribly disappointed, again, by AP News, another lousy app from the folks who brought us AP Mobile.  The post on the Unofficial Apple Weblog about AP News says it all better than I can.

    Eventually economics may force my favorite news sources to hide behind paywalls and subscriptions.  And I’ll gladly pay those fees if they keep them cheap enough.  But since I am only skimming a few key articles each day, I have no intention of paying the equivalent of a full newspaper subscription just to access them on the iPad.  Eventually I might have to resort to free news aggregators, but I sure hope not.

Thoughts From Andy Wood: A Trip to Facebook

  • 4. The Leader must stay focused on vision and high level strategy…
    The FB teams meets once a month with an “all hands” meeting. Every employee globally pipes into this meeting. This is Founder and CEO Zuckerberg’s opportunity to cast vision and discuss high level strategy. This meeting rallies the troops and helps people stay focused. In 2008 Zuckerberg hired Sheryl Sandberg as Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. She has helped take away some of the operational burden so that Zuckerberg can stay focused on vision. I loved that word choice our FB friend used, “he stays focused on vision and high level strategy.” I once heard Colin Powell say, “80% of the decisions you make could be made by the average 5th grader, we pay you for the other 20%.” A leader must be focused on the strategy decisions that affect the whole company. I also heard it said like this, “average leaders focus on what happens next, extra-ordinary leaders focus on what happens after what happens next.” There some serious wisdom in this principle. 

Virtual Hosts, mod_rendezvous_apple, and Apache on Mac OS X – O’Reilly Media

  • I ran round and round trying to figure out what I was doing wrong in following the instructions when I couldn’t access my virtual hosts from any other computers on my LAN. Turns out I didn’t do anything wrong… I just had to open my firewall for the corresponding ports that are to be used (9000-9009 in my case). This article failed to mention that and most folks are going to have their firewalls on by default.

How to install Apache and PHP on Mac OS X Snow Leopard « Blog | PerfectLine

  • Final check for virtual hosts

    Make sure that you have these two lines at the end of your httpd.conf. Otherwise you’re most probably going to find out soon that your virtual hosts simply doesn’t work.

    NameVirtualHost *:80
    Include /private/etc/apache2/other/*.conf

High-Tech Worship: Digital Display Technologies and Protestant Christian Liturgical Practice in the U.S.

  • The aim of this study is to explore the adoption of media ministry by American mainline Protestant churches. Media ministry, the incorporation of digital display technologies (DDT) into worship practice, began in evangelical churches. This study is based on fieldwork at two primary sites: Ginghamsburg Church (Tipp City, OH) an evangelical pioneer in media ministry and Christ Church (Troy, NY) a mainline innovator. In addition fieldwork was conducted at ten other churches, a parachurch organization, Promise Keepers, and several businesses that produce DDT media content for churches. Protestant churches are arranged on two axes based on their interpretation of the Bible and worship presentation style. Three of the four quadrants of churches are explored in this study. I show how mainline churches have adopted DDTs from evangelical churches as a “technological fix” to solve the problem of declining membership. Because of differences in liturgical practice and understanding, however, mainline churches have used DDTs to produce and project for different ends. They have produced text-rich slides which are in keeping with their liturgical practice, but which does not work successfully in attracting young people. On the other hand, when they purchase prefabricated visuals, they are faced with the often unrecognized problem that the content is contrary to their ideology. In my own church, I introduced an innovative “socio-technological fix” with the goal of 1) producing exciting new appealing forms of worship that would help retain and ideally grow mainline congregations and 2) would be in keeping with the theological and ideological beliefs of our church. To that end I engaged laity in a worship production process that moved them from consumers to co-producers. While not perfect, the experiment may serve as a model for other mainline churches on how to avoid the pitfalls of technological somnambulism. Artifacts do have politics and it is important for those considering adopting new technologies into their worship to be cognizant of the implications. In terms of STS, the case of media ministry provides a novel case for how artifacts have politics and the unintended consequences of the technological fix. – Churches Worship in the High-Tech World – Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment,2933,91179,00.html

  • In an effort to appeal to the younger, and often non-church-going population, churches are bringing technology such as cameras, projection screens and computers into their worship ministries.

    One of the first churches to incorporate technology into its service was Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio. In 1994, the church began using what Kim Miller, the church’s creative director, calls “multi-sensory worship.”

Enabling PHP in Mac OS X 10.5

  • Enabling PHP and Apache in Leopard

    Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) comes with both Apache 2.2.6 and PHP 5.2.4 preinstalled, but they’re not enabled by default. The following instructions should help you get up and running.

Apple Developer Connection: PHP the Easy Way: Enabling PHP and SQLite on Mac OS X Leopard

  • PHP the Easy Way: Enabling PHP and SQLite on Mac OS X Leopard

    PHP, the popular web scripting language, has long run on Mac OS X, but in Mac OS X Leopard it is included right out of the box. It adds improved object-oriented programming support, better error handling, and several features for web services and Ajax, such as XML, SOAP, and JSON support. In addition, PHP now supports use of the SQLite database, which is an entirely self-contained, server-less database that supports advanced SQL functions such as transactions.

Letting Go of My Father – Magazine – The Atlantic

  • His elderly father insisted that he could manage by himself. But he couldn’t. The author found himself utterly unprepared for one of life’s near certainties—the decline of a parent. Millions of middle-aged Americans, he discovered, are silently struggling to cope with a crisis that needs to be plucked from the realm of the personal and brought into full public view.

Tip for merging two WordPress blogs « Mark on WordPress

  • WordPress’ built-in export/import functionality makes it a snap to merge two blogs into one. You simply export from the blog you’re going to retire, import into the blog you’re going to keep, and then forward the old domain to the new one.

    Here’s my tip: do not select an existing blog user to “own” the imported content! Instead, create a new temporary user just for that content. Here is why: the imported posts may need some manual cleanup, like integration into the new blog’s category structure, or adding/removing tags. By importing into a new author, you’re creating a way to view only the posts imported in that batch.

Force CSS changes to “go live” immediately « Mark on WordPress

  • If you update your WordPress theme’s style.css, you may have noticed that you have to “force-reload” your site in your browser to see the changes. This is because your browser keeps a copy of the CSS cached on your hard drive. Depending on how your server is set up, it may not check for a new version of the stylesheet for a couple hours, or longer! And even if you force-reload to see the changes, visitors who have previously accessed your site may still get the old CSS. One way to solve this is to “version” your CSS file, by adding ?v=123 to the URL in the <link /> to your stylesheet.

130 WordPress Plugins You Could Ever Need: The Best Of: Part 1 | Graphic and Web Design Blog

  • WordPress plugins are really great thing, because You even don’t need to know something about coding to install and use really great features,  You’ve seen in professional blogs. So this list is separated in parts, so You can easier catch plugins You are interested in. If You’re interested for example in SEO, just check out SEO part and get the best plugins there are optimizing Your blog.

How to get your plugin removed from the directory « Mark on WordPress

  • The following is a non-exhaustive list of things you can do to get your plugin rejected or removed from the plugin directory.

    Yes, this is tongue-in-cheek. This is a list of things NOT TO DO.

    1. Give it a license that is incompatible with WordPress’ license.
    2. Host your plugin elsewhere, and only use the plugin listing as a pointer to that.
    3. Use base64 encoding to hide your plugin code or obfuscate HTML that you’re injecting into people’s blogs.
    4. Insert SEO spam links into people’s blogs (like <a href=””>video poker</a>).
    5. Insert external links (like a credit link, <a href=””>My Awesome Plugin by Awesome Sauce</a>) into their blog without explicitly asking their permission, or make the default option be to insert the link.
    6. Load portions of the code from an external site for no valid reason, or use any other trick to work around #3, #4 and #5.

Open Thread: Apple iPad for Ministry? | ChurchCrunch

  • 76 Responses to “Open Thread: Apple iPad for Ministry?”

ø Justifying an iPad for Ministry » Bible Study at Church Hopping

  • how we can use an iPad for the ministry. I usually do this with all new technology, though this time it just gives me an excuse to get an iPad. Thus far I have not come up with enough to justify the purchase, but here is my list:
    • Ad-hoc donations

    This is a pretty compelling one, but we don’t do enough events to make it worthwhile. But if someone is wanting to donate online right away, the iPad would be a simple way to get to our online donate page. This plus Square has a lot of potential.

    • Mobile Presentations

    The iPad would be great for showing a small group of people our website and some videos to add visual content to a conversation. This would probably be more for the marketing guys to carry around.

    • Group Changes at Camp

iPad Experience: The Bible is alive on the most modern tablet | ZDNet

  • I have a few Bible applications that I regularly use on my smartphones, including Mantis Bible StudyOlive Tree Bible Reader, and Laridian PocketBible. Unfortunately, none of these three are yet available in the App Store as iPad-optimized applications (Olive Tree is in beta and should be available very soon). Thus, I had to find other choices that could serve my reading and study needs and a couple that stood out to me were’s Bible HD and Logos Bible Software.

Mothers Day 2010 – Event – Online Bible

  • Jesus was challenging the religious leaders of the day to get the inside cleaned up. The inside is more important to God than the show we often put on with how we look and act in public. The inside is more important at least initially, If the inside is not fixed up, the outside will get messed up too.

Top 5 Social Media Tips for C-Suite Execs

  • For the rank and file at companies big and small, social media is infiltrating the workplace and fast becoming an important part of day-to-day activities. When it comes to executives and upper management, though, social media mostly remains an art unpracticed.

How to Take Your Online Community Offline

  • For a Community Manager, it would be fair to assume most of the work will take place online when building and managing your community. The inherent connectivity provided by the web offers an extremely convenient way for people to meet others who share a common interest or aim, or seek out people to help them with problems they may have. However, there are many limitations to this in terms of building a strong and healthy community, which can be resolved by inviting your participants to meet offline and face-to-face.
  • If in any doubt about the above, attend a meeting around one of the communities you frequent at the moment. All will become clear. The more you take your online community offline, the stronger the bond between your participants. As this bond grows your community will gradually become a vital space for them, increasing daily visits and participation levels. And of course, with new members seeing a busy and welcoming community, you will also benefit from a higher retention rate, which makes organising future events even easier.

About Us | Crucified Magazine

  • Who are we? We’re graphic designers, web developers, marketing professionals, project managers, copywriters, and entrepreneurs. We’re also pastors, church planters, missionaries, worship leaders, deacons, and Sunday School teachers.

    What are we doing? Every venture needs a mission statement. Here’s ours: to support, educate, and empower churches to carry out THEIR mission (The Great Commission). We’re going to help churches take advantage of the Web, quite possibly the most powerful communication tool ever created. This site is just the first piece of that puzzle.

    Why are we doing this? Let’s face it: most churches have terrible websites and do a notoriously bad job of branding and marketing themselves. Many have no idea where to start when it comes to creating an online presence.

E-zekiel in Action Part 1: Updating the Home Page | Crucified Magazine

  • OK. I just got the login credentials Sunday from the person who’d been managing the site up until I officially volunteered to take it over last Wednesday night. Logging into E-zekiel’s easy and the menu options are fairly intuitive.

13 Assumptions About Technology and Online Community | ChurchCrunch

  • 13 Core Assumptions

    This is somewhat of a “working” list and I’ve already changed a few since I started a year ago.

    Please remember that this is in the context of online technology, online community development, and the Church!

    1. Community supersedes proximity.
    2. Technology and community are not mutually exclusive.
    3. Community does take place in disembodied ways that is not as likely in embodied interaction (i.e. written interaction).
    4. Community does take place in embodied ways that are impossible in disembodied interaction (i.e.a hug).
    5. Disembodied community can never replace embodied and vice versa.
    6. Embodied community is preferable to disembodied community.
    7. Technology can enhance community among existing relationships.
    8. Technology can initiate connection and facilitate community among those who do not know each other (ii.e. connection).
    9. Technology does not operate in a one-size-fits-all fashion.
    10. The Church will never lead technologically.
    11. Technology can keep people connected when they are apart.
    12. Technology can reunite people who have lost relationship or contact.
    13. Technology can help people better manage and stay connected to multiple relationships

Are We Fooling Ourselves To Think Intimacy Can Be Created Online Through Social Media?

  • But is it intimacy, or is it really self-presentation? How much do we omit things about us when we create our online persona for others to see?

    I would argue that even the people that present themselves, and come across to others as humble, authentic and “real” are still using a form of self-presentation since it’s something they have created on their own. It’s what they want others to see of them. But it may really not be what others truly see. We are rarely completely honest with ourselves, because we are often unaware and blind to our own shortcomings and issues.

How to Use the Google Font Directory With WordPress and BuddyPress – WordPress MU and BuddyPress plugins, themes, support, tips and how to’s

  • All fonts in the Google font directory are available for use on your website under an open source license and are served by Google servers. The service is very much like Typekit, except that it’s free and unbranded. No wonder they’re teaming up. 😉 There are currently approximately 20 fonts of varying styles in the directory

Time Inc’s “Manhattan Project” Is A Tablet Magazine

  • The magazine business is hurting just like all print publications. And even if their Websites are popular, they generate one tenth the ad revenue of the print side. Since last summer, Time Inc has been working on a “Manhattan Project” to create a digital magazine for the new breed of color tablet computers soon to come to market.

New Canaan Society – About NCS

  • The New Canaan Society is a gathering of men who want to experience life-changing relationships with each other under the umbrella of a friendship with Jesus. NCS is not a church group, a bible study, an accountability group, a speaker forum or a men’s fellowship. It’s just men joined by the common desire to experience deep and lasting friendships, with each other and with Jesus. NCS is a deliberate community of opportunity. It’s an opportunity for friendships that result from transparency and authenticity. It’s an opportunity to do some good for yourself and others through honesty, authenticity, fellowship and worship. It’s an opportunity to deepen your relationship with Jesus. And it’s an opportunity to make a real difference in our families, communities and the marketplace. NCS believes that the goal of transformed lives is revealing the Kingdom on earth and NCS men desire to make that happen.


  • Inspired by the late Dr. Bill Bright in 1995, Pinnacle Forum was established in Arizona when a group of community leaders decided to use their God-given influence to transform the city of Phoenix. This was done by convening small peer groups around the city that aimed to encourage one another spiritually, share the values of Jesus with their peers, and challenge each other to use their leadership position and resources in strategic ways for the glory of God.

    The name “Pinnacle Forum” was derived from the idea that our Partners are leaders who are at the pinnacle of their influence. They are people who have built reputations in a city, an industry, a nation — and now, based on that reputation, are in a position to influence their peers and ultimately have an impact on other leaders within their communities.

On the Make Up of a Men’s Ministry

  • In Asian culture, sometimes passion is not explored because it does not meet the cultural criteria of a respectable and responsible adult, which is usually synonymous with affluence. But as we follow our journeys through life we find that we lack enthusiasm, lean towards apathy and substitute our identity with possessions. For this reason we tend to lack identity and perpetuate this value for possessions across generations because it’s practical, we avoid the very thing that up until recent generations have suffered through: poverty.

    I tend to think that our passions are a major fuel for life-long happiness and when we ignore them, we significantly hinder the progress of attaining happiness. Along the way we mistake transient pleasure for happiness. Temporary satisfaction via drugs, sex, and/or making lots of money creates a comfortable but false sense of security, but we keep tapping into it because we crave happiness, want to escape the reality that we are not very happy, and we fear our passions do not align with our cultural values.

New staff positions to emerge this decade | Church Executive

  • The Creative Arts Director:

    Big screens are the new stained glass windows. Stained glass was used in the Middle Ages to communicate the Gospel to a mainly illiterate society. Big screens help communicate the Gospel to a highly visual culture. Both are technological innovations. The difference is the flexibility and changeability of today’s technology. Stained glass required skilled craftsmen. New technology also requires expertise. Technology requires ongoing creativity. The creative arts director will manage all media and technology and also act as a liaison to the worship pastor and operations pastor.
    Church size: 1,000+
    Reports to the operations pastor or worship pastor » Feature Friday: Calvary Chapel & Christian Academy

  • Calvary Chapel is a thriving mega church with its home base in Ft. Lauderdale and campuses in Boca Raton and Plantation—totally over 26,000 attenders. Through their ministry they serve thousands of people by preaching the gospel, holding Bible studies and small groups, holding drama and music events and running Calvary Christian Academy, a private K-12 school. Calvary Chapel and Calvary Christian Academy have been with ServiceU for over two years. During the first year, the church used EventU internally for scheduling room and vehicle usage; in the second year they went live with EventU, TransactU, and TicketU, making online registrations, online payments, and online ticketing a reality.

Herbert Tsang: Herbert Tsang:: Biography

  • Herbert Tsang is currently the music director and conductor of the SINFONIA MOSAIC (, the Port Moody Pacific Grace MB Church Worship Choir ( and the Chown Memorial and Chinese United Church’s Youth Band. In addition, he is the president of the Church Music Ministry of Canada

Community manager as babysitter, referee and therapist « Online Community Strategist

  • There are times when I feel like a real babysitter

Choose the social media platforms that work for you « Online Community Strategist

  • That may seem extreme but when you don’t really understand how something works but everyone keeps telling you to participate and like it, it can be a little frustrating. Once I was able to convince her that she has control over what kind of information she receives, she was much more open to learning about the benefits of all of the tools.

    Consider bringing your social media conversations and jargon down a notch and speak the language of those who still aren’t convinced, or simply don’t know what they’re missing.

Your new community won’t change habits « Online Community Strategist

  • Your new community, no matter how great will not change habits. What I mean by this is you will not be able to stop potential members from posting on Facebook or twitter or their favorite Ning community.  If you are assuming that your new community will become the new gathering place for those belonging to the niche, I think you will be disappointed.

10 Reasons why online news sites suck :: 10,000 Words

  • The reason why so many people use the internet to get their news is because they can do so fairly quickly. So that Pulitzer Prize candidate that takes two years to scroll through and resembles an endless sea of text? Either break it up or kick it down a notch.

Report Highlights

  • Key insights from this report include:

    • Only 1/3 of those surveyed report having a clear job description with well-defined goals and objectives.
    • 41% indicate that they are “making it up as they go along.”
    • More than half are seeking other community manager positions outside of their current employer.
    • The majority of respondents are empowered to respond on behalf of their respective companies with a very small percentage seeking clearance first.
    • Most find increasing participation levels in the community difficult at best.
    • More than half actively discuss issues related to their work with peers, yet 39% have not found an outlet for sharing experiences.
    • Of those who do work from an office almost all put in hours away from the office and view theirs as a 24/7 position.

When you’re the only one who cares about the community « Online Community Strategist

  • Keep Caring. You have a job to do and you are passionate about the community.  The  level of care and concern you have for the community is what makes it great and will move it forward.

    Spread the Word. Talk up the community to others in the company every chance you get. Share stories about what’s happening within the community. Forward comments and links to blog posts and photo galleries. Heck, go all out and create a daily round up of what’s going on and send it to key players in your organization.

    Talk to other community managers. This, I can’t stress enough. We have to share these experiences and find people who understand and can relate to our issues.  Talk to me, I am always up for a quick email or chat.

    Know when to walk away. When you are working around the clock 24/7, you have to check yourself.

Forum One Networks: Published Research

  • Several key issues pertaining to online community and social media salaries surfaced during this report, including:
    • The gap between the average male and female salaries widened, with male respondents averaging $86,644 (up from $85,423 in ’08) and Females averaging $75,624 (down from $77,319 in ’08).
    • The majority of respondents reported a salary increase in 2009, but the percentage compared to last year was down, as was a significant increase in the number of respondents who took a salary decrease in 2009 compared to 2008.
    • Average overall job satisfaction was down by a fraction, from 4.2 (out of 5) in 2008 to 4.1 (out of 5) in 2009.
    • Several respondents mentioned feeling like they were being inadequately compensated because of lack of data available regarding community and social media salaries, as well as lack of understanding of community and social media ROI relative to their organization’s activities.

Follow Me: Sharing the Gospel in a 2.0 World – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

  • Follow Me: Sharing the Gospel in a 2.0 World

    An ELCA conference for communicators, campus ministry staff and chaplains, and college/university students

    Follow Me: Sharing the Gospel in a 2.0 World

    Register Now

    August 11-14, 2010

    Chicago Marriott Downtown

    Social media can teach us to listen, friend and follow.
    But social media can never replace the key for effective ministry:
    an authentic message and deep relationships.

    Why should you attend?

    • Explore new ways of communicating the gospel.
    • Respond to your calling to service and leadership.
    • Connect with new colleagues and expand your networks.
    • Attend enriching workshops, worship services and keynote speakers.

Four Benefits of Social Media for Churches « Pastor Keith Anderson

  • Four Benefits of Social Media for Churches

    by Keith Anderson on April 28, 2010
    • Credibility: Technology = Culture

    Social media has forever changed our expectations of the institutions to which we belong.  93% of social media users thinks companies should have a presence in social media.  Even Duck Tape has its own Facebook page.  Shouldn’t you?  Today, having a Facebook Page is just as important as having a website.  Although most of our people don’t yet use social networks like TwitterSlideshareVimeo, and Foursquare, congregations broadly engaged in social media networks demonstrate a willingness to be engaged with technology and, therefore, culture, which are completely intertwined.  (See: Apple.)  By engaging in social media your congregation is making a statement: we are leaning into the future; we are willing to engage and learn.

    • Transparency: Churches are Opaque Institutions

Pastor Keith Anderson

  • On May 11th, I presented “Getting Started with Social Media” to our conference of local Lutheran pastors, using my congregation as an example of the many ways congregations can use social media.  I thought it would be a good idea to document what we do at Redeemer and share it more broadly.  So, here are 14 great social media tools that we use in our church and that you can use in yours.

Does Social Media Belong in Church?

  • In the context of the church, parishioners are used to the Pastor coming to visit when they are sick, and the hard copy newsletter mailed monthly as the primary means of communication.  They rely on signs posted in town, vacation bible school, a preschool, or word of mouth to bring in new members. I am a Christian and when I was a child there was no need for the church to reach out to my family.  We went to church every Sunday and Sunday school was something everyone did. Contact with a priest or pastor outside of church meant someone was in need of comfort or in trouble. Times have changed.  Just as companies are having to change from tradition marketing to Inbound Marketing to reach prospects, I believe that the church needs to use new technologies to reach out as well.

Building Church Community Through an Interactive Church Website

  • An interactive website combines a church picture directory with social media

    Picture directories acquaint church members with one another by helping them connect names to faces. Social networking media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn include that feature along with the capability of interactive communication. Combining these features in an interactive church website creates an environment that improves recognition and encourages personal interaction among members that helps build healthy relationships.

    An interactive website improves organizational communication

    Along with encouraging interpersonal communication, an interactive church website also enhances the communication of organizational information. Telephone and e-mail lists are easily generated and announcements can be quickly sent to all members or targeted to special groups and committees.

    The site can include other helpful communication tools as well, like online calendars, department information pages and customized pages that promote opportunities and serve particular church ministries.

    An interactive website is easy to administrate & update

    An interactive church website de-centralizes data entry by allowing members to enter and update their own pictures and personal information. This removes the burden from administrative staff who are normally responsible for assembling picture directories (that are quickly outdated), and managing information through client-server applications, spreadsheets and other database programs. Interactive Church Website – Build Church Community

  •, an Interactive Church Website that builds church community by combining a membership picture directory with the interactive capabilities of social media. It improves organizational communication to members and interpersonal communication between members.

Veritas Magazine – Culture – Social Media and Church: Breaking the Digital Divide

  • Online conversations do have limitations, Wise says. When someone brings up heavy issues online, Wise encourages them to come in and talk to him in person.
  • While churches shouldn’t ignore social media, Abare says there’s more to building community than having a conversation with someone online. He says churches need to ask themselves, “How can online social media be a supplement, not a substitute, for community?”

    Wise agrees. “The end game with social media should always be face-to-face—when possible.”

    Despite the benefits of social media, Wise recognizes its downfalls. “Social media can also turn in on itself where you can live in the same city as someone and connect with them on social media and never see them,” he says. “That to me falls short of what social media could be.”

    Some go so far as to say the church should ignore social media altogether. “They say it creates artificial community, not real community,” Wise says. However, that’s where church leaders can come in and start building genuine relationships that happen to start online.

  • If churches want to reach the current generation, they have to accept the fact that they live in a world of tweets, instant messages, and wall posts, Wise says. “This is where our society is headed,” he says. “Can you imagine where the church would be if we had said we’re not going to use the printing press? [The Internet has] changed the way we communicate with each other. People aren’t just going to give that up. The church needs to say, ‘OK, how can we leverage this to share the reality of Christ with people?’”

The Definitive Guide to Church Social Media and SEO | Ministry Marketing Coach

  • One of the big buzzwords in Christian technology and design circles is social media and its role in online engagement and community. To answer some of the questions about church social media, I’ve provided this short guide, which is the first in a series of posts about church social media strategy.

    1) Quality content. Stories, art, insight, and fun content that keeps readers interested. You might also consider video if that works for you. Anne at Flowerdust and Pete at Without Wax have done a great job of integrating video.

    2) The three most important components to consider in your church’s social media vision are:

    Spiritual gifting and passion
    Intended audience
    Available time and resources
    God’s mission for you and His gifting to your church staff will likely orient much of the content and nature of your online and social media ministry efforts. For instance, one strategy is the use of the bridge strategy to guide social media efforts.

    3) Focus on evergreen content over time-specific content. One way to help create more evergreen content is to create a series on particular issues important to potential members. What would be helpful or valuable to my members which I feel is consistent with my faith? Realize that time-specific content like church, community, and event announcements are still incredibly important, but this tip is more about focusing on what will be valuable 3 years from now than just 3 days from now.

    4) Consider re-purposing content. If you already have a church newsletter or e-mail newsletter, perhaps 65 to 85 percent of that could be valuable to your users.

  • Idea board. Create a document, wiki, or whiteboard to explore ideas for the blog. You might even just use a traditional paper model.
  • You will want to return to some of these concepts every 6 to 12 months as you review your church social media goals and strategies. Make no mistake, it is a time and content creation commitment. Often solving that issue is just a matter of focus and time management.

The State of Social Media, Part I |

  • When church technology leaders were asked about the social networking sites their church used, they ranked the options as follows:
    1. Facebook
    2. Twitter
    3. Private Member Portal
    4. Google Groups
    5. MySpace

The State of Social Media, Part 2 |

    1. Event scheduling, registration, and management.
    2. Integration with an existing church website.
    3. Ability to connect people to serving opportunities based on interest or gifts.
    4. Ability to post prayer requests or needs.
    5. Member communication and messaging.
    6. Resource sharing.
    7. Connecting people within public interest or home groups.

    When we asked church members, this was their top 7:

    1. Ability to find, register, and/or get details for events.
    2. Ability to join and interact with home/bible study groups.
    3. Ability to find serving opportunities at the church based on interest or gifts.
    4. Ability to post prayer requests or needs.
    5. Ability to access a phone/email directory.
    6. Ability to share resources.
    7. Discussion groups and/or forums.

    Events and event management topped the lists for both church leaders and congregants. Most of the remaining items on the wish lists were similar.

  • But there was one primary difference: Church congregants want access to a member directory, while church leaders want managerial features, such as member communication and integration with their existing websites.

It’s all good: using social media v. building online community

  • below is a short list of capabilities that I think are useful for facilitating community with your web-audience. * I’ll be looking for each of them as we move through the rest of our exploration of the current CMS world.

    Site visitors can:

    • find content, conversations, and people through search and browse
    • see the images and names of real people wherever users have contributed content
    • subscribe to and see new and most recent content from site authors and users
    • register as a member of the site

    Site members can:

    • create and edit a user profile
    • create and edit threaded comments or discussions
    • add tags, ratings, or other user-contributed metadata
    • select interests and see personalized or private content based on those preferences
    • with permission, add or manage content (such as moderating a group or adding new content to a section)

    Site admins can:

    • extract visitor, member, and author activity for site management purposes
    • push and pull web-content via extensions, plug-ins, or widgets
    • establish private content and assign permissions to view content

The key to building community via social media that you are totally missing |

  • But in trying to get more interaction, we often ask the wrong question.  We ask “How can I get more comments on my blog?”

    Instead, we should be asking “How will having more comments make this blog more valuable to my readers?”

18 Rules of Community Engagement: A Guide for Building Relationships and Connecting With Customers Online

  • A study of more than 100 businesses with online communities found that 35% had less than 100 members and less than 25% had more than 1,000 members, a clear indication that the tools are not enough.

8 Things to Avoid When Building a Community

  • User-generated site activity doesn’t necessarily translate into a community. Thompson said a typical case with news sites is that there is a lot of noise, but no community. People tend to respond to the story in the comments section, but not to each other. As a result, there’s a long stream of essentially unrelated comments. He said the best communities tend to cohere around leaders (i.e. community managers) and that the best leaders inspire leadership in others.

    “Work to reward contributions, especially early on. Even a quick response is a type of reward. Use screen names. If someone leaves a particularly thoughtful comment on something, keep their username and e-mail in a private [file]. If a related thread comes around later, e-mail them and ask what they think about it,” he recommended.

    He said it’s easy to distinguish a community from a graffiti wall.

    “In communities, people make jokes, observe protocols, use each others’ screen names. When you dip into a community on successive days, chances are you’ll see a name or two repeat from day to day,” according to Thompson.

  • Organizations should use well the social media platforms they’re already on rather than spreading themselves thin for the sake of being everywhere online.

    Condron said this is one of the hardest battles of a community manager — making sure you’re not diluting a community presence by having several outposts, but no nerve center.

    “I often see an over-emphasis of organizations ‘being everywhere’ online. Having a blog, or a presence on Twitter (Twitter), Facebook (Facebook) and LinkedIn (LinkedIn) is only a good idea if you’re able to support it,” he said. “In my role, Twitter has always been the nerve center, and where I’ve been able to have the most meaningful engagement. Of course there are opportunities on other platforms, but at the end of the day, I’d rather have one vibrant hub of consistent engagement than several that I don’t feel very connected [to].”

    Not sure where to start? Then find out which social media platforms your audience is using, how they’re using it, and whether it makes sense to be on there. If so, reach out to them in those places.

Social Media for Audience Development & Community Building : Our Man Inside

  • Everyday use

    Tools: TwitterWordPressTwitpicFlickrFacebook12secondsAudioboo


    TWITTER:3 x 15 mins interaction, a few tweets a week – general observations an RTs to start, replying to any @ replies, listening and building up.

    WORDPRESS: one blog entry a month, a short Artistic Director update

    12 SECONDS – Download the app to your iPhone for free – record any video and it will take the first 12 seconds and tweet it to your chosen twitter account. Quick snapshots of scenery, theatres, comment, sets, offices, weather, anything.

    AUDIOBOO – try audioboo reviews of shows you see. Very simple program.


    TWITTER: cultivate personal account, and tweet at least once a day from the 7 categories, try one before lunch break, and then reply to any responses when you’re back, simple and allows for conversation.

    WORDPRESS: two blog entries a month – and/or co-ordinating at least two guest blogs

    FACEBOOK: when you put out an opportunities, also put the link on the Facebook page, and link people to it via twitter.

    FLICKR: use for high quality, front-facing images.

Community Building on the Web

  • How is a Web community different than one in the real world? In terms of theirsocial dynamics, physical and virtual communities are much the same. Both involve developing a web of relationships among people who have something meaningful in common, such as a beloved hobby, a life-altering illness, a political cause, a religious conviction, a professional relationship, or even simply a neighborhood or town. So in one sense, a Web community is simply a community that happens to exist online, rather than in the physical world.

    But being online offers special opportunities and challenges that give Web communities a unique flavor. The Net erases boundaries created by time and distance, and makes it dramatically easier for people to maintain connections, deepen relationships, and meet like-minded souls that they would otherwise never have met. It also offers a strange and compelling combination of anonymity and intimacy that brings out the best and worst in people’s behavior. It can be near impossible to impose lasting consequences on troublemakers, and yet relatively easy to track an individual’s behavior and purchase patterns-which makes Web communities notoriously difficult to manage. To complicate matters further, the legal issues involving privacy, liability and intellectual property on the Web are just beginning to be addressed, and will evolve rapidly over the next few years.

Engagements – Founder of Altimeter Group, Author of Open Leadership, Coauthor of Groundswell

  • Leadership and Management. A major reason why digital strategies fail is not because of the lack of planning, but because of inexperience in how to lead in the uncertain environment of a changing technology landscape. When implementing new technologies, companies often undergo a fundamental transformation in the way they are organized and managed. Leaders need to be aware of the stresses they will encounter along the way and prepare accordingly.
    • A large, multinational company invited Altimeter to speak with its board of advisors about how emerging social and mobile technologies will impact its major lines of business. We went through each area, detailing what was happening today and providing concrete recommendations on not only how product development and marketing needed to change, but also the stresses the company would face internally as employees became more engaged via social technologies.
    • An agency engaged Altimeter to help it redesign itself and engage its leadership so that it could become Agency 2.0 – more flexible and hence more responsive to its clients. This included recommendations on how executives need to give up control over who could and should engage with clients.

7 Blogging Tips Derived from Life Principles « Live Intentionally

  • Commit & do the work. You can’t develop a great blog if you write when you feel like or when you find the time.  You’ve got to be intentional about keeping a scheduled and writing a certain number of posts each week.  You’ll have to sacrifice some other things to meet your commitment.  Same is true in business, marriage, raising kids, volunteering, even playing golf.  If you want to do well, you have to commit to it.

Digging Deep: Leading When You Have No Energy « Live Intentionally

  • Choose to Be Energetic

    Michael’s fifth recommendation is “Decide to be energetic.”  He writes,

    This is huge. Unless you are ill, you can be more energetic by simply acting  more energetic. I am always surprised at how my emotions follow my body. If I walk faster, sit on the edge of my seat, and smile, I will eventually feel more energetic.

    This is good advice.  However, sometimes leaders misunderstand and get this wrong.  I think sometimes as leaders we think we have to exhibit energy and enthusiasm for our teams all the time, even if it means faking it.

    In my current situation, I could try to fake it.  I could act like I feel great, I’m excited, and everything is great.  But if I do, chances are the people around me will not be fooled and they’ll think I’m either delusional or a phony.  Instead of inspiring confidence and energy, it would actually undermine people’s confidence in my leadership.

    So, after some thought, I put together 5 suggestions for leading when you lack energy.

    1) Acknowledge reality. Be honest with people about where you really are.  If you’re fatigued or going through some emotional personal issues, let people know.  You don’t have to go into details, but letting people know you’re not on you’re not 100% will build trust and preempt gossip or speculation.

    2) Look beyond circumstances. When you don’t feel good or circumstances are difficult, don’t let your feelings or circumstances determine your attitude.  Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing.  Imagine what things will be like when the vision or goal has been accomplished.  Focus on that instead of the current circumstances.

    3) Trust your faith. As a Christian, I know I can rely on God’s promises in the bible.  “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5).  “Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:13)  If your spiritual beliefs differ from mine, there are still probably some elements within them that provide you with hope.

    4) Adjust the pace. When you lack energy, expecting that you’ll be able to do everything just as well and as quickly as when you’re at full capacity can only lead to more frustration.  Sometimes we’re even tempted to make up for our lack of energy by working even harder and longer, which inevitably makes things worth.  Consider extending deadlines where possible. Delegate what you can.  Cut out non-essential tasks.

    5) Fill your bucket. When you’re low on energy, ultimately the best solution is do what you have to do to replenish your energy, or as we sometimes say fill your bucket.  What fills our buckets and gives us energy is different for each of us.  Some possibilities include… take a nap, meet up with a friend who is inspiring and encouraging, go for a walk, take a vacation, play a game with your kids, listen to music, pray, write a blog post. ;)

    If you lead a team that’s low on energy, you may have to do these things for or with your team.

Become a Guest Blogger « Christian Web Trends Blog

  • Become a Guest Blogger

    • Do you have a strong interest in seeing Christians using Internet technology to advance their churches, schools, ministries, and personal lives?
    • Do you have a unique perspective and opinion?
    • Have you thought about blogging but don’t know how to start?  Or started a blog that’s not getting many readers?

    Becoming a guest blogger on the Christian Web Trends blog may be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for.  OurChurch.Com is looking for insightful, tech-savvy Christ-followers to share their unique perspective with CWT readers.  Benefits include:

    • Distribution to CTW’s 20,000+ email subscribers.
    • Distribution to several hundred additional RSS subscribers.
    • A one sentence “About the Author” section at the bottom of each article including a link to the author’s website, which will bring new visitors and possibly improved search rankings.
    • The opportunity to educate and encourage ministry leaders.

    If this sounds like an opportunity you would like to take advantage of, please register a username and complete your profile.  When you register, you’ll automatically be given access to CTW as a “contributor” which means you can login and post articles for consideration.  OCC staff will review all articles submitted and those that meet the guidelines and are approved will be published at a future date.


    • Articles must be original, not posted elsewhere on the web, and not simply restating information or opinions already available elsewhere.
    • Articles must be relevant to the application of Internet technology to ministry.
    • Articles must use good grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting.
    • Guest bloggers must be Christian and agree with OCC’s statement of faith.
    • Please no press releases or other self-promoting material.

    Additional Details

    • OCC will not edit articles.  We’ll either publish them as is or not at all.
    • After we review an article, we will let the author know whether it has been approved or not and if approved an estimated date of publication.
    • If an article is not approved, the author is welcome to publish it elsewhere.
    • There’s no commitment or limit to the number of articles one can submit.  Submit one article or one a week.  Just remember we only publish 1-2 articles a week.

A tale of two media: Despite the iPad, traditional books aren’t going anywhere.

  • There’s a reason books are primarily sold as stand alone editions and do not bind the first four chapters from five different novels into a single volume — because most people will not read two or more stories at once. Novels typically involve multiple story lines, characters, and settings; at best, reading more than one novel at once will distract from the stories of the novels, at worst, doing so will confuse the reader outright. So while carrying your entire library with you is nice, once you begin a book, chances are you’ll see it trough to the end and not flit from one novel to the next. Besides, the average person takes two weeks to read one book. Books are not like music, movies, and magazines — they take much longer to consume. Unless you’re on a round the world trip, there’s really no reason to have your entire library with you because you won’t be using it.

Chris Lyons – Is CRN.INFO Just Another Watchdog? at Christian Research Net

  • One of the most surprising things about the postmodern CRN.INFO blog is the difficulty they have in seeing how similar they’ve become to much of what they feel is wrong with the ODM/watchdogs. The fact that they employ the same methods that they themselves criticize is denied, as is the notion that they too have become a watchdog (a watchdog of the watchdogs).

Leonard Sweet

  • First, I thank the many of you, who have been kind enough to approach me with questions and queries on the misinterpretations of my theology by various ODM groups. I also know that many of you have read many of my almost 40 books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of sermons and have therefore been confused by some of the comments made regarding my faith and ministry. I thank you for your faithfulness and integrity. This short treatise, therefore, is for you, in order hopefully to put to rest any your concerns, your confusion, or your sadness at the “false teacher” accusations leveled my way.

    Second, let me now take the opportunity to address some of these accusations—-to correct where misunderstandings have occurred, to concur if called for, and to adamantly restate when gross inaccuracies have altered the meaning of my writings and evangelism.

    Let me say first of all that for me, New Age rhymes with sewage. I have such a low threshold for Gaia worship that in the middle of the movie “Avatar” I had to take a break, so severe was my attack of Gaiarrhea. In fact, I have challenged “new age sensibilities” (which now are known as “integral spirituality” or “Enlightenment,” not “New Age”) for the way in which they goddify the self and expect others to orbit in a Youniverse that revolves around them as if they were a god. “The Secret” of the universe is not that you can have life your way. “The Secret” is that Jesus is The Way (Colossians 3). Jesus did not come to make us divine. Jesus came to show us how to be authentically what God made us to be–human. Because of the culture in which we live, I have encouraged the daily ritual of starting the day by standing in front of a mirror and saying: “God is God and I am not.”

Theo Geek: Why People Should Change Churches

  • You have a duty to God to grow spiritually and you have a duty to the Church to help it as best you can. The first means changing local churches occasionally and the second means helping out wherever you are for as long as you are there. Jim and I were talking and came up with 3-5 years is an appropriate time to change churches. After that length of time in one church I believe any person should very seriously consider their spiritual state and relationship with their church and consider whether or not they would benefit both themselves and others by changing churches. It may well be that they conclude that they should stay where they are, that is certainly an option. But I believe that: they should think about it; that it harms people more than they realise to stay for too long; and that they Church as a whole needs to accept the practical need for people to change churches and stop condemning it based on a misguided understanding of “commitment”.

Free Web Server Log Analyzers and Web Statistics Scripts/Software

  • Free Web Statistics / Stats and Web Log Analyzers

    ktmatu Relax New
    Relax is a specialized web server log analysis program focusing on referrer information. It is useful for analyzing things like which search engine keywords brought you traffic? Which external website URL visitor brought you visitors. It is released under the GNU General Public License.

    Webalizer Xtended New
    Webalizer Xtended is a modified version of Webalizer. It has more detailed 404 statistics, a supposedly more reliable country traffic statistics using Geolizer, user definable customizations of table and chart colours, large logfile processing, IPv6 support, etc.

Enabling Web Traffic Statistics in Webmin? – Powered By Kayako SupportSuite

  • Choose the Servers option
    Webalizer Logfile Analysis
    Add a new logfile for analysis
    Set ‘Base logfile path’ to /var/log/httpd/access_log
    Set the report directory. e.g. to: /var/log/httpd/
    Save the report
    Go back into the report, and hit the ‘Generate Report’ button.
    When you view the report you’ll see information like when are your popular times of day, which files are served most often, and from which countries are your visitors surfing.

Issue Archive | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty

Pods CMS » Codex

Customize Posts Order in WordPress via Custom Fields

  • I came across this last night, might be helpful for some of you 😉 Sorting posts in a customized order is pretty simple with the WordPress custom fields mechanism and custom SQL queries. Start off with a basic query:
    $querystr = "
    	SELECT wposts.* 
    	FROM $wpdb->posts wposts, $wpdb->postmeta wpostmeta
    	WHERE wposts.ID = wpostmeta.post_id 
    	AND wpostmeta.meta_key = 'order' 
    	AND wposts.post_type = 'post'
    	AND wposts.post_status = 'publish'
    	ORDER BY wpostmeta.meta_value ASC

    That will sort the posts in ascending order using the custom field called order.

First Impressions of Custom Post Type – label, public, excludefromsearch, publiclyqueryable, showui, inherittype – WP Engineer

  • One of the new very interesting things in WordPress 3.0 are individual post-types you can implement with little effort. Back then, you had to expand the database and write your own interface for it, now you just have to add a few lines of code – of course this is just the current state, which can be change until the final release.

Pods CMS » Packages » Pod Page Csv Import

  • Allows you to import data from a CSV file into a Pod, even PICK columns.

    Data should be in a standard CSV file.
    The first row of the CSV file must contain the column names.

    Data for Pick columns should be formatted in the CSV as follows:
    “array(Pick1, Pick 2, Pick 3, with a comma in the name)”

Pods CMS » Forums » General Discussion » WordPress 2 9 Custom Post Types

  • One of the real advantages with pods, as opposed to custom fields (as you hinted) is the ability to have content types that are essentially themselves relationships.

    As an example, I recently built a magazine site ( where I had to import 60 years of articles into a wordpress db. The challenge was that we wanted to be able to browse by volume and issue because that is what readers of the print version would expect 1946.

    Well if you have volume and issue meta data in the custom fields then it is easy enough to create a page where they can select a value and the a WP query finds the corresponding key value pair. Select Volume 1 and you get all the articles from Volume 1.

    But selecting Volume 1 AND Issue 2, well that is a little harder because the WordPress query can’t hand multiple key value pairs. You either have to have a more complex SQL query or basically pull all the articles from the volume and then create an IF statement to look for the Issue number. It can be done, but it’s a little messy.

    But what absolutely CANNOT be done with custom fields (even with custom taxonomies) is associating information with the Volumes and Issues themselves. For instance, if each issue has a cover or a pdf download?

    What pods allowed me to do was store information about publication dates, covers, and pdfs for each issue so I could create the fancy issue browsing archive you see here:

    As far as I know this simply could not be done with a stand alone WP install. And pods was the missing link that made it happen. So kudos.

    But the database efficiency issues were something I was a little unclear on so thanks for clearing it up.

Flutter : WordPress CMS Plugin by Freshout

  • Custom Write Panels (Posts, Pages, and Theme Options)

    You can create custom write panel pages or posts + duplicatable fields and groups + import and export them.

  • Simple Templating

    All you need is the magic ‘get’ function. To retrieve a variable, just use >> echo get(‘variable’). To retrieve images, use >> echo get_image(‘variable’)

Showing custom post types on your home/blog page

  • Changing the post type on the home page

    By default, WordPress shows the post post type on your home page. Let’s suppose we want to show several post types in addition to posts:

    • page (yes, regular pages)
    • album
    • movie
    • quote

    To add these, open your theme’s functions.php file and paste this PHP code into it:

    add_filter( 'pre_get_posts', 'my_get_posts' );
    function my_get_posts( $query ) {
    	if ( is_home() )
    		$query->set( 'post_type', array( 'post', 'page', 'album', 'movie', 'quote', 'attachment' ) );
    	return $query;

Dev4Press | General: GD Custom Posts And Taxonomies Tools: Lite VS Pro

  • First, and for many users most important factor is the support for the plugin. Lite version is free, and the support for it covers only bug fixing. Also, there are some free tutorials and that’s it. On the other hand Pro version comes with 3 different packages. Basic will give you Pro plugin and all future updates for it and access to Central Documentation, and nothing else. The other two packages are subscription based with recurring payments every 3 months and they include premium support through members only forum, suggestion box access and premium tutorials (mostly video). Developer membership will give you also access to SVN/TRAC for the plugin and email support. Full list of differences is on the purchase page.

Dev4Press | GD Custom Posts And Taxonomies Tools

  • GD Custom Posts And Taxonomies Tools is plugin for management and tools collection for working with custom posts and taxonomies. Plugin adds widgets and other useful tools and functions.

    WordPress 2.8 introduced custom taxonomies, and added implementation of some of the features, and even that was only partial. Even WP 2.9 has not completed all elements of custom taxonomies. This plugin ads some crucial elements missing: managing taxonomies, adding, deleting taxonomies. With WordPress 3.0, another new feature is added, called Custom Post Type. Plugin also allows you to manage and create new post types and assign taxonomies to them.

    Plugin ads number of functions for theme integration and Pro edition ads some filtering functions. Both editions have 2 widgets for taxonomy terms cloud and terms list.

Using Webmin for System Administration

  • For my money, as someone who spends a lot of time teaching Linux to novice system administrators, Webmin is the greatest thing since sliced bread. There is no doubt that the more you know about Linux (or UNIX) the more you can do – but all that training takes time, and in the meantime, your employer wants results NOW. Webmin can get novices started quickly – but its advanced features offer some unique benefits that will keep the experienced administrator using Webmin, too.

phpMyAdmin – Error #2002 – The server is not responding (or the local MySQL server’s socket is not correctly configured) | Web Hosting Support

  • In order to get rid of this issue, edit the file, /usr/local/cpanel/base/3rdparty/phpMyAdmin/

    and search for
    $cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘socket’] = ”;

    change to
    $cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘socket’] = ‘/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock’;

    next line
    $cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘connect_type’] = ‘tcp’;

    change to
    $cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘connect_type’] = ’socket’;

    If this doesn’t fix the issue, make sure Mysql is running on your server and you have a symlink for mysql.sock under /tmp. To create a symlink, execute:

    ln -s /varlib/mysql/mysql.sock /tmp

Tim Keller speaks about Tokyo « Walk in Tokyo with Jesus

  • Tim Keller from Redeemer Church NY is speaking about Tokyo and Grace City Church Tokyo, a church plant that we are going to join.

Sex Offenders in the South End – What To Do About It

  • In the South End, our diversity complicates things. For some communities, distrust of government is cultural, the authorities should be avoided, so it’s difficult not only to conduct an accurate census, but to offer assistance. For some multi-generational Asian American families, tradition around sex and shame stops victims from coming forward. After 23 reported assaults, the Beacon Hill Groper went free because not one of the Asian American women he attacked testified against him.

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