CTS Blog | Technology & Your Ministry

We don't believe technology should transform ministry, but rather do the things people don’t have to do so church workers can focus on the things that only they can and should do. We’re about helping churches stay “high-touch” in a “high-tech, low-touch” world.

  • Creating a Podcast for Your Ministry

    Creating a Podcast for Your Ministry

    The pandemic caused church attendance to hit an unprecedented low for a couple of months last year. My father, who is an LCMS pastor, and I were sitting around one afternoon in March...

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  • Using Facebook to Connect Your Church Community

    Using Facebook to Connect Your Church Community

    These days, it seems like social media is better known for its penchant to divide people rather than bring them together. While we’ve  likely experienced something along these lines in...

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  • Meet Nebraska District Communications Director Kimberly Myers

    Meet Nebraska District Communications Director Kimberly Myers

    Meet Kimberly Myers, Communications Director for the Nebraska District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and a communications volunteer in her congregation. With a focus on serving...

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  • Six Tips for Summer Communication at Church

    Six Tips for Summer Communication at Church

    Communicating as a church throughout the summer has its challenges. With nice weather and time off from school, many families take vacations. In some areas, it’s common to head to the...

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  • Cultivate Virtual Connections Among Church Members

    Cultivate Virtual Connections Among Church Members

    Videoconferencing is a great tool for connecting with far-away friends and family. Initially prompted by a desire for connection and social interaction in the midst of a pandemic, many...

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  • Best Practices to Engage Church Workers in Zoom Meetings

    Best Practices to Engage Church Workers in Zoom Meetings

    For those who work on remote teams, virtual meetings were commonplace prior to the spring of 2020. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, they, and more specifically the platform Zoom, have...

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  • Engaging and Leading Tech Volunteers at Your Congregation

    Engaging and Leading Tech Volunteers at Your Congregation

    Though not new, the opportunities for people to serve in technology-related roles have greatly expanded in many congregations. Joining the ranks of service mainstays in the church,...

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  • Post-Pandemic Church: Now What?

    Post-Pandemic Church: Now What?

    About a year ago, we were experiencing one of the biggest disruptions to collective life in decades. Although the calendars of some were wiped clean, others’ lives ramped up to an...

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  • Ingredients of a Detailed Church Communications Strategy

    Ingredients of a Detailed Church Communications Strategy

    When I was a sophomore in college, I moved into a dormitory that had previously been used as a fraternity house. There were a lot of things that made it different than a typical dorm,...

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  • Five Skills Needed to Manage a Great Church Website

    Five Skills Needed to Manage a Great Church Website

    In 1997, back in the dark ages of the internet, I wrote my first website. I wrote it, but I didn’t publish it because, honestly, I didn’t know how. It wasn’t a great website, but I was...

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  • Evaluating Social Media Opportunities for Church Communications

    Evaluating Social Media Opportunities for Church Communications

    It’s so tempting, isn’t it? It’s new, it’s exciting, and it seems to be quite effective at doing the job. Plus, the price is right. Sure the old one was working just fine for you, but...

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  • Personalizing Communications through Content Mapping

    Personalizing Communications through Content Mapping

    “What’s your favorite color?” As adults, we typically do not ask each other this, but for kids, it is an especially important question. My four-year-old daughter has a knack for both...

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  • Using Journey Maps to Identify Next Step Communications

    Using Journey Maps to Identify Next Step Communications

    Admit it; you’ve done this before too. I’m sure I’m not the only one. I’m at a restaurant having a meal with my family. The server brings the food out, distributes the dishes to each...

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  • The Proper Use of Personas and Lists in Church Communications

    The Proper Use of Personas and Lists in Church Communications

    This past Sunday, my church, along with many other congregations, observed Good Shepherd Sunday. While not an official holiday in the Church Year, it has been historically called that...

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  • Setting Ministry Priorities in the Age of Technology

    Setting Ministry Priorities in the Age of Technology

    At Concordia Technology Solutions, we hold weekly product meetings with members of our marketing, support, and development teams. We discuss what happened during the week and what tasks...

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  • The Importance of a Strategy over Tactics in Church Communications

    The Importance of a Strategy over Tactics in Church Communications

    One of my favorite board games to play when I was a kid was a two-person game called Stratego. The goal of Stratego is to capture the flag of the opposing player while protecting one’s...

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  • Bullet Journaling: An Analog System to Aid Digital Creativity

    Bullet Journaling: An Analog System to Aid Digital Creativity

    Throw out the phrase “bullet journal” in conversation, and you’ll likely get a variety of responses: everything from “Oh, I’m not ‘arsty’ enough for that,” to “This is the single...

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  • How to Livestream at Your Church for the First Time

    How to Livestream at Your Church for the First Time

    The COVID-19 has quickly changed almost every aspect of our lives, including our worship lives. Many churches are choosing not to hold worship services in person, but are moving online...

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  • Evaluating Your Church Office for Improvements

    Evaluating Your Church Office for Improvements

    When I started as a church office administrator, one of my first projects was to update member records in a spreadsheet. As I sat typing, I remember thinking, “There must be a software...

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  • Creating a Can-Do Culture in Your Church

    Creating a Can-Do Culture in Your Church

    We’ve all heard about those congregations that just seem to have a toxic culture. Perhaps it’s a tight-knit community that has a hard time welcoming in strangers. Maybe it’s a church...

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