Church Technology Tips

As many of you know, I work both as an associate minister and as a consultant in the information technology field. Generally, I work in (web) application development, but I spend quite a bit of time in miscellaneous administrative tasks, so there’s a few things that I’d like to share with other churches.

These tips have come from all over the place, but the list is basically mine. I’ll work on putting up a "kudos" section later, because I don’t want to take credit from those who’ve suggested things like this well before I ever thought of them.

I’d eventually like to move this site to a Wiki format, so that you can contribute your own as well.

Proecting Your Family: Internet Content Filtering and Accountability is a guide I just put together with suggestions for protecting your home or small office.

Ministry-related tech I’m currently dabbling with:

  • Logos Bible Research:
    Using Smart Tags to automatically insert Scripture References
  • Microsoft Office 2007 (PowerPoint!!)
  • Joomla! (open source CMS)
  • Currently developing two custom apps: a membership/visitor tracking database as well as a essentially complete projector control system.
  • VNC and it’s derivatives
  • Google Apps Suite
  • Windows Media Encoder and VBScripting
  • The Paperless Hymnal and Taylor Publications ePraise Hymnal
  • …and more! :-)

I presented a little overview of church technology’s tips and traps to the local Dickson County preachers and elders meeting. Kudos to John Bentley for some of his work that I was able to share.

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