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Online Planning for In-Church Fun

Friday, September 23, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Got a big church-wide and/or community-wide event coming up? Like, say, a Fall Family Festival? E-zekiel can help you manage the details and get the word out. Starting with…
 
Pages – Create a landing page for your festival with all the details, and display a link to this page on your home page. Encourage site visitors to forward this page to their friends and family.
 
Panels – Create a panel for your home page (or any page) and highlight your details and give the link to the landing page. (The E-zekiel store will soon be releasing ready-to-go Easy Panels with Fall themes that you could use for event promotion. Watch for the announcement.) 
 
Event – Place the Fall Festival on your event calendar.
 
Designs – E-zekiel has Fall designs would be a good fit for your festival promotion. Check them out.
 
Volunteer – Need people to help? The HelpRoot Volunteer manager can provide organizational tools to request and collect volunteer names and contact information, and manage their assignments.
 
Communication, People and Group – Send out email blasts and targeted emails to groups to let them know this fun event will be taking place.  Each group should receive specific messaging tailored to their abilities as volunteers and interests as participants.
 
Media – Create a short video promoting your festival and upload to E-zekiel.tv. You can also provide scenes from previous festivals and video testimonials from previous participants.
 
Syndication – Include the festival in blogs or podcasts.
 
Album – During the festival, have someone (or several people) take photos and add these to the albums on your site as good memories of good times… and as your first step toward promoting next year’s festival!
 

Writing for the Web

Friday, September 16, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Writing for the Web does have many of the characteristics common to other types of expression. It’s based on words and sentences, after all – and typos are still frowned upon. However, there’s also a style of writing for the Web that fits with how people take in information from the Web (quickly, often scanning, for example). As you develop your own writings for the web, these 10 principles might be helpful.
 

Keeping the Faith as a College Student

Friday, September 09, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
The freshman year in college – now kicking off across the U.S. – often launches a season of change for the young person, including changes in academic demands, study habits, social activities, relationships, separation from family and early steps at independence. But as we also know, the college years can prove to be a test of faith. Literally. How can families and churches help create a “sticky faith” that helps kids hold onto their religious upbringing in this time of change? A blog on Pastors.com reviews a book that speaks about this very subject.
 

Facebook in Ministry

Friday, September 02, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
What are the actual ways Facebook can be used in ministry? Church social media blogger Meredith Gould says it’s about the news feeds (which is a way you can have a presence in other people’s busy lives) and it’s about sharing (which is how you can connect with those same busy lives). Take a look at her original post and the comments that follow give food for thought.
 

What's a Parent Page

Friday, August 26, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
When you open your Pages manager and click "add a new page," and if you so indicate in the details section, the page you create will become a part of your site menu. Let's call it "Sunday School," as an example. If you are in this Sunday School page in your Pages manager and click the plus sign for "add page,"  and create pages for "Preschool", or "Youth", or "Senior Adult", these pages will fall in your site hierarchy under the Sunday School page. In other words, the Sunday School page is a "parent" to these other pages and can have any number of offspring – like Preschool, Children's, Youth, Adult, Senior Adult pages.

When you in a page in your Pages manager, the tab at the top left says "Parent." If you want to reorder your site and page relationships, start here:

1.       Click the Parent Page tab.
2.       You will see a list of all pages within your Web site.
3.       Locate and select the page which you want to become the Parent Page of the page you are currently within.
4.       If the page is a secondary page and you want to make it a top-level page on your main menu, select "Home Page" from your page listing.
 

Wrap Text Around Photos

Friday, August 19, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Let's say you've got a Web page full of text, but now you've decided to plug in a photo. What do you do? Here's a quick way to insert a photo and make your text wrap right around it.
 
1. Type your text
2. Place your cursor at the beginning of the text
3. Click Insert/Edit Image
4. Select your image
5. Set the alignment to left or right (or other if so desired)
6. Set horizontal or vertical spacing as needed
 

A New Twist on Social Media Stats

Friday, August 05, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Need more incentive to get active in social media? You might find thought-provoking prodding in a media ministry blog that adds a new twist to social media stats. You can read the blog here: 

http://www.mediaministryblog.com/2011/07/social-media-is-changing-the-world-are-we/
 

Site Search Easy Panel

Friday, July 29, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
A website’s search field is one of the elements that improves a site’s usability – allowing a visitor quick access to whatever he is seeking.  The toolbar that automatically appears at the bottom of each E-zekiel site includes a magnifying-glass icon that opens a search field for site visitors. Customers who have incorporated E-zekiel themes into their sites (themes are free to all users) also have the option to add an on-page site search Easy Panel. Doing so saves visitors one click and brings the search field to the top of your web pages, a common, easy to see, place for this feature. To order the panel, visit E-zekielstore.com.
 

Keep It Short and Simple

Friday, July 22, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Access to information these days is certainly on overload. Between the radio and TV commercials, billboards, website banner ads, and whatever we see in print, any of us could be scanning hundreds and hundreds of messages each day. If that's not enough reason to keep things short and simple, we're also in a "tweet"-influenced culture. Twitter, for example, limits messages to 140 characters. So as you craft words for your site, for social media and even at times in your email messages, make an impact in as few words as possible - and then provide a link to more information.
 

Local Listings with Google Places

Friday, July 15, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Have you listed your church on Google Places? As Google will tell you, 97% of consumers search for local businesses online. And somewhere within those very high numbers, quite a few will also search for a church.
 
These days “local” is the new “global”. We’ve been astounded and impressed by how far-reaching the Web can go, but what we really want to know is, “What’s in my community?” Google Places, which was known as the “Local Business Center” until mid-2010, was designed to help people find restaurants, theaters, businesses and, yes, churches, in their own communities.
 
Google Places is free and easy to set up. Just submit your information and then verify your listing. You can even enhance your listing by adding photos, videos, and upcoming events.