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Learn About WordPress Menus

beth g sanders Web, WordPress Leave a Comment

I’ve started a new video series — I’ll try to do one each week, and they will be very short and simple demonstrations on basic technology skills. I expect to do quite a few on WordPress, as I use it every day, but I’ll also include technology for productivity, social media, writing and style tips, and anything else that comes to mind. I’d love your suggestions on topics you’d like to see – leave a …

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Want to Better Understand Technology?

beth g sanders Communications, Social Media, Technology 8 Comments

Do you want to better understand technology? Would it help in your business, nonprofit, or church? I talk to a lot of people about technology, social media, and how to use computers and software to be more productive. In the course of my work and social life, I meet a lot of people who wish they knew more about these topics. They want to keep up with young friends, children, or grandchildren, but just don’t …

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Twitter: How to Live Tweet an Event

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Have you ever wished you could attend a conference or event, but just couldn’t make it? Are you on Twitter? If so, you might be thankful for someone who lives tweets the event. Or you might be annoyed if it’s an event you have no interest in. Either way, you’ll see live tweeting or live blogging for nearly any important event: Apple keynotes, seminars, and many sporting events. Live tweeting can help you make new …

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Your Website is Great, But Where in the World Are You?

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Last week I had occasion to search a fairly large number of websites for vital information. All I needed was a street address. Not only were the street addresses not easy to find on many of the sites, they were buried two or three pages deep and, on a couple of sites, nonexistent. These were not online-only organizations; they were churches. Which led me to wonder — if your address isn’t clearly visible and obvious …

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What’s Your Sign?

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What does your sign say about your organization? It’s seen by a few or thousands, depending on your location. Would you buy an ad in your local newspaper or magazine and use the space in a way that confuses and/or alienates your audience? This church used their visual real estate unwisely and I’ll guess that it didn’t motivate too many folks to come to bingo. This one fails for several reasons: It’s not readily understandable. …

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Thoughts from Leadership Summit 09

beth g sanders Communications, Community 8 Comments

This past Friday, Christ United Methodist Church was a satellite location for The Leadership Summit, sponsored by Willow Creek Community Church. I attended the second day and live-tweeted the event from the church’s Twitter account. Here are brief thoughts from each of the sessions. Dave Gibbons Thinking Forward: Third Culture Leadership Dave Gibbons is the founding pastor of Newsong Church, a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-continental, multi-site church in Irvine, California, named as one of the most …

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Social Media: Listen.

beth g sanders Social Media 4 Comments

As I mentioned briefly in this post, last Wednesday I participated in a panel discussion at the monthly Social Media Expedition breakfast. I attend this breakfast each month on the first Wednesday of the month from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at various locations around town. As I’m not a morning person, to say that this is my favorite Wednesday of the month speaks volumes about the quality of the programming and networking opportunity I …

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Methodists Embrace Social Media

beth g sanders Social Media 8 Comments

Thanks to The United Methodist Reporter for the excellent story, Twittering Churches: United Methodists Connect Through Social Networking,by staff writer Bill Fentum. Bill’s article highlights Methodist congregations that use social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The Reporter, a national publication, recently interviewed me about my thoughts on social media in the church (Full article at the UMR Web site). … Churches shouldn’t ignore the trend of hyper-communicating, experts say. “God expects us to …

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Dear Church: Thou Shalt Broadcast

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Video can be a powerful communicator for your church or ministry, whether it’s a slickly-produced, expensive promotional piece or just a quick interview in the church lobby. Show your audience not just the facts, but the heart of your church, staff or event. Now more than ever, it’s widely accessible, even in today’s economy with limited budgets and resources. You don’t have to be Supergeek. For less than $200 a Flip Video is small, easy …

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Dear Church: Unplug Thine Ears

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Did you ever get in trouble because you stuck your fingers in your ears to avoid something you didn’t want to hear? Too many churches have their collective fingers in their ears with regard to the Internet and social media. It’s no longer enough to throw up a Web site, update it once a month and forget about it. As church attendance declines nationwide, maybe there is more you can do to engage your community. …

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My Interview with Tony Campolo

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Internationally-known author, speaker and pastor Tony Campolo spoke last week at my church, Christ United Methodist. I was lucky enough to get a few minutes with him. He could not have been more gracious, warm and easy to talk to. I also spoke to Lauren Wilson Young, a member of the Kemmons Wilson family, who sponsored Campolo’s appearance. His message was funny, challenging and, at times, piercing. He very clearly and effectively made the point that Jesus did …