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.

  • Sharing the Gospel and the Lutheran Faith on Your Website

    Sharing the Gospel and the Lutheran Faith on Your Website

    Sociologists maintain that you can learn a lot about looking in people’s medicine cabinets. In the same vein, I believe a narthex tells a lot about a congregation. When I visit a...

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  • Creating a Communication Plan for a Large Project

    Creating a Communication Plan for a Large Project

    Nothing will stop a project faster than a lack of communication. To fill the gap, misinformation will quickly spread. This will lead to ever increasing amounts of frustration from...

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  • Basic CSS for Your Church Website

    Basic CSS for Your Church Website

    Once upon a time, when the web was young and HTML was new, each web page was its own self-contained piece of content. All of the content and formatting that was required for that page...

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  • Video File Types: Recommendations for Church Websites

    Video File Types: Recommendations for Church Websites

    One of the greatest blessings we have as a church is that we have such amazing ways to share our faith. In the past, information and stories had to be passed down orally. Later on,...

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  • Building Websites for Different Church and School Relationships

    Building Websites for Different Church and School Relationships

    Lutheran schools and churches have always gone hand in hand. Martin Luther, all the way back in 1530, wrote “A Sermon on Keeping Children in School,” and he was quite the revolutionary...

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  • Personalize Your Church Communication

    Personalize Your Church Communication

    We’ve all gotten them . . . the well-meaning envelope trying to notify us about an important upcoming event or to make sure we’re aware of the can’t-miss deal of the century. And you...

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  • Developing a Post-Easter Strategy for Your Church’s Website

    Developing a Post-Easter Strategy for Your Church’s Website

    Spring is in the air, and the church calendar is telling us Easter is almost here. But you’re not worried because you have done all that can possibly be done. The bulletin covers are...

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  • 15 Things Every Church Must Have in Its Technology Stack

    15 Things Every Church Must Have in Its Technology Stack

    When I was young, I used to collect and trade baseball cards with the other kids in the neighborhood. The cards we collected were not really worth much money, so whenever I tried to...

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  • Coordinating a Long Video Shoot outside Your Church

    Coordinating a Long Video Shoot outside Your Church

    Last month, I wrote an article about creating shorter videos for your church, but sometimes, a story can take a little longer than two minutes to tell. While many of the concepts behind...

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  • How to Invite Website Visitors to Opt into an Ongoing Relationship

    How to Invite Website Visitors to Opt into an Ongoing Relationship

    Most people think that a website is an end goal for any online effort. But it’s not. The final goal is to let people know they will find Jesus in the Church, and we want them to come...

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  • Protecting Your Church Members’ Privacy

    Protecting Your Church Members’ Privacy

    If you’ve purchased anything in the last twenty or so years, you’ve almost certainly experienced it: that moment when you get to the register to purchase an inconsequential item,...

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  • Guidelines for Whether to Share Trending Social Media Posts

    Guidelines for Whether to Share Trending Social Media Posts

    In my last blog post, I walked through how to decide what to post on your church’s Facebook page. This time, we’re going to dig deeper and talk about when an event or crisis is going on...

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  • Balancing Academic and Faith Content on Your Christian School’s Website

    Balancing Academic and Faith Content on Your Christian School’s Website

    In February 2016, my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world. Two weeks later, we were sent into a panic. My wife had recently started a job with a local hospital on an...

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  • Coordinating a Short Video Shoot inside Your Church

    Coordinating a Short Video Shoot inside Your Church

    As many churches continue to see the value in social media for reaching out to their communities, it’s important that we use best practices for helping our content reach more people. As...

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  • Advice on Managing Your Church’s Facebook Strategy

    Advice on Managing Your Church’s Facebook Strategy

    Whether you love it or hate it, social media is here to stay. Facebook started back in 2003 as more of a college/dating-type site and has turned into something much bigger that...

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  • How to Find Joy in Your To-Do List

    How to Find Joy in Your To-Do List

    I’m always impressed by a good marketing strategy, and the folks at Netflix have shown once again they know how to market. On January 1, 2019, the day when New Year’s resolutions are...

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  • Setting Your Church’s Communication Priorities for 2019

    Setting Your Church’s Communication Priorities for 2019

    Happy new year! For many, on a personal level, a new year means quitting a bad a habit, starting a good habit, making new goals, being more intentional about everyday tasks, and...

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  • Pros and Cons of Slack for Churches

    Pros and Cons of Slack for Churches

    With the rapid-fire pace of web applications today, it seems there’s a new must-have product about every other week. Generally, these come and go and aren’t actually all that new or...

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  • Which Email Marketing Service Should My Church Use?

    Which Email Marketing Service Should My Church Use?

    More and more, church offices are utilizing web-based email marketing services for communicating with their congregations. Why are they doing this?

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  • 5 Ways to Implement Agile Methodology in Churches

    5 Ways to Implement Agile Methodology in Churches

    Have you ever worked on a project for a church committee where you’ve spent weeks meeting, planning, studying, and preparing to make a decision, then a few more weeks double-checking...

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