Posts Tagged ‘research’

Should You Copy Ideas from Another Church?

October 25, 2011
If "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery", then copyright infringement lawsuits must be like love letters, right?  Not so much.  And even though churches aren't necessarily suing each other over this issue (well actually this one came pretty darn close), it's still prudent to think carefully before ...

The Paradox of Feedback

October 3, 2011
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” - G. K. Chesterton You've gotta have thick skin to receive anonymous feedback. And if you are actually sending out a survey, seeking out anonymous feedback, you might as well get your armor ...

Where to Find Good, Inexpensive Stock Photos

September 26, 2011
Church is all about people. If your Website is all text, with no faces, it doesn't tell me too much about the character, personality, or heart of your ministry. There are basically two routes you can take when it comes to putting photos on your Website: Capture photos of your ...

Should You Charge for Online Sermons?

September 12, 2011
Why do some churches charge you money to download a sermon? And is this something your church should consider? We did an unscientific survey of the 10 largest churches in America, determining how many of them offer their sermons for free, and how many charge a fee.  Here are the results: Church Sermon ...

An RFP is a B-A-D Way to Find a Web Vendor

July 6, 2011
There are a lot of articles online discouraging the use of the Request for Proposal (RFP) to select a Website design (or any type of services) vendor. Many of these articles are written for businesses or large procurement departments, imploring them to find more effective and time-efficient ways to develop ...

Current State of the Browser Wars

June 1, 2011
NetMarketShare just released its stats for global browser usage in May 2011.  In the United States, it's notable that Internet Explorer version 9 is not yet in the double-digits.  It will get there, no doubt.  But for those of you who have not yet checked your site for ...

Treasure Trove of Free Data on Religion, Family, and More

March 8, 2011
A friend of mine works at the Heritage Foundation, and he let me know about an amazing new resource at  This site contains an ever-increasing stable of data, briefs, videos and beautiful charts on a range of societal issues.

U.S. is Feeling Charitable, Just Not Through Churches

December 20, 2010
As churches round the corner on year-end giving, we thought it might be a good time to mention this article from earlier in the Fall.  It's an interesting, if sobering, look at charitable giving trends in the U.S.  What do you think this might mean for your ministry planning in ...
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