Big Data Ideas for Church: Ideas to Try from an Unlikely Source

I’ve been reading the first part of a book called Data Analytics Made Accessible by Anil Maheshwari. His book sparked several Big Data Ideas for Church. FYI, I consider today’s post to build on the foundations I presented in my earlier posts Big Data and the 21st Century Church, and Using Big Data in a… Read More

Using Big Data in a Local Church

Today I’d like to share one application for using big data in a local church. This post will describe how I determine the Crowd, Connected, Core, Leadership layers (where do these terms come from?) of our church (Greenwood) with big data. You might notice that the software I’m using is Planning Center People. You can… Read More

Big Data and the 21st Century Church

I recently read an article published in 2014 that was probably ahead of its time, called Big Data and the 21st Century Church. In this article Michael D. Gutzler outlines – you guessed it – how Big Data can be used for good in the 21st century church. What is Big Data in a Church… Read More

How to Recover Data from a Failed Hard Drive

Odds are someone has asked you to recover data from a failed hard drive. Now, they probably didn’t know that’s what they were asking. But when the computer they handed you failed to boot properly, you knew that hard drive was toast. So how do you recover data from a failed hard drive? Step One… Read More

My Church KPI Dashboard

I want to share an example of my church KPI dashboard today. This example is just a JPEG, so it will not dynamically update – we’ll talk more about that below. I’ll start with a picture of my church kpi dashboard, then get into the terms and specifics. This post fits into my series of… Read More

SurveyMonkey in a Local Church or Using Surveys

SurveyMonkey in a local church is a really good idea. Today I’d like to outline 3 of those uses, and show how to set up each use-case. SurveyMonkey isn’t the only service available, but it is easy to use, and offers a valuable free plan that gives plenty of features. SurveyMonkey in a Local Church… Read More

Book Review: WordPress All-in-One for Dummies

Today I want to share my experience with the WordPress All-In-One for Dummies book. This book is aimed at people who have absolutely no experience with wordpress (the website software). In other words, if you have no idea what wordpress is, this is the place to start. I got my copy from my local library… Read More

Church Tech to Implement in 2018

Like most of you I have several ideas for Church Tech to Implement in 2018. Now that Easter is over, I feel like I can move on to other ideas until Christmas rolls around. Today I want to share some of the tech ideas that I am hoping to implement at my church in 2018.… Read More

Cloud or Network Storage?

Network or Cloud Storage? That’s one of the many questions facing the tech person at a small church. This post will help you learn the difference between the two, so that you can decide which option is best for your context. Spoiler Alert – We use both options at Greenwood. What is the difference between… Read More

Elexio Community Review After 3 Months

After using the system for 3 months I’m ready to share my Elexio Community review. Spoiler alert, it’s mostly great! We dove into the Elexio system with both feet and use pretty much everything they have to offer. For a church of our size I really like it. If I had a multi-site church of… Read More