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Bundle Hunt Is Back, Still Awesome.

So I have no connection to Bundle Hunt, but whenever I see a pack like this for sale, I jump on it. The great thing about these packs are you can get a ton of cool tools and design stuff for a really cheap price. You can also enter to win an iPad 2 if you’re interested! Offer ends May 31st! Check them out!

Break down of what’s included after the break.

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Is Your Pastor Bad At Blogging? Try Tumblr!

I have previously blogged about pastors being really bad at updating their blogs. Blogging is hard work, takes time, resources, and patience. Recently a client asked for a custom Tumblr theme and that got me thinking that Tumblr might be the tool pastors have been looking for. Tumblr is a micro-blogging service, which will allows you to make short posts, of photos, videos, quotes, and text. Let’s take a look at why this could be a cool tool for pastors.

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6 Free Pastor Tools For Online Goal Tracking

After our last post about setting goals for your church website, we felt it was important to highlight a few tools pastors can use to track their own goals. Whether you are wanting to write a book, write your sermons earlier in the week, or run in a marathon, here you will find 6 free tools you can use to track  your goals. If you have any that you use, please let us know!

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Importance of Online Giving For Churches

This post discusses one of the primary issues concerning online giving for churches.

A pastor I know is looking into adding online giving to his church website. He is having a hard time justifying processing fees being taken out of the tithe. All credit card processing companies charge a small fee per transaction, usually 3% of the total transaction. So this raises an interesting question: Is it wrong to pay 3% of a church member’s tithe to a credit card company?

Let’s look at it from both sides of the issue.

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PSD to HTML Services

PSD to HTML conversion services are nothing new to the industry, but if you enjoy design more than coding or if you don’t have the time, they can be useful services to any designer. Also, most services offer to code your sites to work with a variety of content management systems, which is great if you’re not so great at PHP and want to develop a WordPress site! I have been using coding services for most of my projects over the last year for two reasons: 1) I don’t enjoy coding and 2) I don’t have the time to code all my projects anyway. I have found my share of great, good, and downright awful coding companies and coders. I have compiled a list of coding companies that I love and hate. As well as a list of questions you should ask your next potential HTML coder.
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5 New Online Event Planning Tools

Planning church events can be time consuming and overwhelming. Today we bring you 8 tools that will help you manage your next church event, party or concert. From simple party planning to selling tickets to that youth concert you have next month, we’ve got you covered.
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27 Online Tools For New Church Website Designers

It can be difficult if you are tossed into updating your church website and have no idea what you are doing. I want to provide you a few tools that will help you in your journey to becoming a web designer! Well, at least some tools that will help you keep your church website up to date and looking good! Please enjoy and if you have more tools that you use please, leave them in the comments!

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16 More Online Apps For Your Church – File Storage and Email

This is the last of the online application posts for awhile, I think. Today we look at file storage and email marketing apps. Churches should now be keeping files online so that they can be accessed anywhere. I cannot think about how many times I have worked on a sermon out of the office, then had to email it to myself so that I could access it at my work.  Now, we can upload it online and access it from any computer with an internet connection! I also outlined a few email marketing applications that will allow  you to track all the emails you have sent, see who opened it, or clicked on a link. Enjoy!

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24 Collaboration, Workgroup, Conference, Presentation & Meeting Tools For Pastors

Yesterday I shared Top Chart, Diagram, and Whiteboard Tools for Pastors. Today we look at the top applications for collaboration with your team! Managing your staff can be one of the most challenging aspects of being a pastor and most churches do not have typical business hours, so the use of collaboration tools can really benefit the church. I do want to highlight one major standout on this list: Text The Mob is a fantastic tool that you can use to get feedback during your sermons every week! Your congregation can text in answers to questions that you propose on Sunday mornings. I have been in a few services where this has been used and the result, if you have buy-in from your church is awesome! I am thinking about running an article on all the text applications that churches can use later on, but for now this was the only one to make this list. Enjoy!

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Top Chart, Diagram, and Whiteboard Tools for Pastors

Yesterday we covered online calender and scheduling tools for pastors. Today we move on to online chart, diagram, and whiteboard tools for pastors. Each of these items are simple to use and provide a good way to jot down thoughts or ideas. I love the idea of being able to share a mind map about an event coming up, or even my next sermon series. This list is much shorter than normal, and breaks my rule of not posting things that have less than 10 items in it, but I am tired and I want to spend much needed time with my wife. So enjoy these! And don’t worry, the long lists will be back soon!

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Online Tools for Pastors Part 1: Appointments and Calendars

This week I am going to share with you online tools that pastors should be using. Today is part one: Appointments and Calendars. I have said that pastors have to be extremely organized individuals, they have a lot of thing that they have to manage. Today, I want to share with you 11 online calender and meeting applications that will make tracking your time much easier. Some of these applications are free, but all of them have free trials. I have personally used most of these at one time or another. Enjoy!

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Bottom 3 Reasons to Use Google Docs

This week we are reviewing the bottom three reasons to use Google Docs. G-Docs (that is what we call it in the hood) is an online service that allows you to manage documents online. We are talking about spread sheets, word documents, presentations and forms. They are not the only player in this game: Microsoft, Adobe and a sleu of small non-epic groups like Zoho, Ether Pad and Think Free offer similar products. So after waxing about the top three reasons to use G-Docs last week we present the least of these.

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45 Twitter Apps for Churches

Today we share with you 45 Twitter apps that churches can benefit from! Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 bytes in length. Updates are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends.

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Top 3 Reasons That Google Docs Will Help Your Ministry

Here are the top three reasons that Google Docs will help your ministry team get the word out to your church. None of these ideas are new to the web, but Google has founded a joint effort to allow you to collaborate, publish and access your docs from anywhere online. Give it a try on your next project and see how easy it is to create and manage content for your team and the families of your church!