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29
Oct
Posted in Personal Thoughts by Mike

Finally, something that’s never been done! (or if it has, I definitely can’t find it ANYWHERE)

Do you ever feel so completely exhausted… not because you’re tired physically… but because you can’t stop thinking about something… over… and over.. and over? When you go to sleep you think about it, when you’re working through the day, you think about… when your trying to just relax, you think about… and it consumes you… and it drains you… and you have no idea how to make it stop. THIS is my brain. Everyday. For the past 2 years. Desperately trying to think of ways to use my God given gifts to reach people for Christ. My gosh, there are SO many books out on how to reach people, its almost mind numbing in and of itself. And yet, we still seem to be losing the battle here in America. But finally… today… I think God gave me something! And I hope to be able to share it with the online world sometime next year when its complete. There is no one doing anything like this in the christian world! Bits and pieces exist all over the web, yes, but no one has put together everything in such a way as to really grab the imagination and the attention of people who are lost. Read the rest of this entry »


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29
Oct
Posted in Church Resources by Mike

A lot of people ask me how I got both my websites www.christiancollages.com and www.mychurchwebsite.com both to the number 1 spot in google, yahoo and msn, for the keywords I wanted. Well it wasn’t by accident. I put alot of time and study (and NOT alot of money) into optimizing both of them. The stats so far are like this: Read the rest of this entry »


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29
Oct
Posted in Church Resources by Mike

I would love for any church who is interested in church worship backgrounds to visit my site at http://www.christiancollages.com/ and download a free worship background

Just shameless self promotion… I know! :-)


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29
Oct
Posted in Christian Videos by Mike

Here are some great christian videos I’ve found for churches to use… or for churches to use as ideas to make their own videos.

I like christian videos that actually SAY something… that have the ability to touch you to the core of who you are, like a great song can. I think funny videos can get a message across and be good for certain moments, but most of the time, after watching them and having a laugh, you walk away feeling entertained, but not changed. So these videos I’m listing are not funny… SORRY!! :-)

  • Once was lost, but now am found (too specific to use for a church service since its footage from an actual church, but its GREAT to get your creative juices flowing… and very powerful)
  • Rain (great message that I think everyone should hear)
  • Lord’s Supper (pretty long for a lords supper intro video BUT the idea behind it is VERY inspirational)
  • Just A Thought (good for getting people to think about what’s going on in other countries)
  • Lump (this is just a preview but its worth buying the full version)
  • Walking
  • In God’s Hands (this one is REALLY depressing… and if you don’t cry… your not human! but honestly, I am awed by Christian’s that have awful things happen to them, and instead of blaming God and running from Him, they run TO him. Same with people who are sick. Its not the prayer that says “I know you will heal me God and I trust that you will” that impresses me. Its the prayer that says “God, even if you decide not to heal me in this life, I will still trust you completely” that stops me dead in my tracks every time. Whoops! I didn’t mean to turn this into a sermon!)
  • Jesus calms the storm (I really like how this one relates Jesus’ actions and words with present day happenings)

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28
Oct
Posted in Church Resources by Mike

I often get asked 2 questions ever since I’ve stopped taking new clients. One is, “can you refer me to someone who does what you do?” Because I only know my business and I don’t know the business practices of other companies and don’t want to accidentally recommend someone who might end up not being a good company, I really can’t answer this question for anyone. I just think what you want to look for is that companies client portfolio. If you cannot easily find it on their site, skip them. Any company that makes great looking websites would want to show them off. If you can’t find them, chances are they are hiding them.

Once you have found someone who can make you a nice looking church website, THEN its time to look at and play around with their Content Management System.

So here are some quick tips on finding a good church website company: Read the rest of this entry »


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28
Oct
Posted in Church Resources by Mike

First of all, I’m NOT a writer! I’m just someone who is passionate about design and is trying to use the gifts God gave him to help other churches put something out there on the web that helps them appeal to both their members and visitors interested in going to their church. Read the rest of this entry »


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28
Oct
Posted in Church Resources by Mike

I ALWAYS suggest to churches they add SOME graphic to every page they have on their site, if they can. Its not that the graphic will enhance the content. Its that for the end user, psychologically it creates more interest in the content of the page as it doesn’t create that “overwhelming” impression one can get when they see a page which is full of JUST text. 

There are quite a few sites that allow you to download images to use on your website for free. You do NOT want to take images from other church or business websites and use them on your site. That is stealing. If you see an image you want to use from another website, you should write to that site to ask for permission first.

The following sites are the best for free images to use on nonprofit websites:

http://www.sxc.hu/
http://free-stockphotos.com/
http://yotophoto.com/
http://www.freeimages.co.uk/
http://www.photocase.com/photobrowser.asp
http://www.morguefile.com/
http://www.freefoto.com/index.jsp
http://www.stockvault.net/gallery/
http://www.pixelperfectdigital.com/free_image_archive/
http://www2.woophy.com/map/index.php

The following sites are the best for very cheap, high quality images to use on your church website:

http://www.istockphoto.com/
http://www.dreamstime.com/
http://www.bigstockphoto.com/
http://www.fotolia.co.uk/

The following sites are best for high quality images in which you can buy a subscription to to use on your church website:

http://www.photos.com/
http://www.photoobjects.net/
http://www.comstock1700k.com/
http://www.jiunlimited.com/
http://www.ablestock.com/
http:/www.clipart.com


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