Church Development closes its series on churches’ web presence by covering how many times people check their smartphones in a day.
Since the start of March of this year, I’ve covered the changing landscape of church communication—namely the shift online with optimizing your church website/giving page, email blasts, mobile design, church apps, social media, giving via QR codes and text messaging, etc. In wrapping up this series, I want to close with a statistic that will help you grasp just how much the church should reach out to the smartphone generation:
Church Development covers the best times to post on social media (Twitter, Facebook) and when to blog.
At the start of the month, I noted that, in 2014, 31% of Christians planned to give up social media for Lent. My big point at the end is that if internet, smart phone, and social media use is high enough that the church is making commitments to lower usage, church staff might as well reach them there, because that’s where they (currently) are.
While I’ve covered social media a couple of times already, I want to cover when researchers say is the best time to post:
Church Development covers how many Christians stated their intent to give up social media for Lent and what this means for your church.
I spent last month covering different forms of e-giving—optimizing your church’s online giving page, personalizing the online giving experience, and donating via text and QR codes—but a fair question is “Is the church really that influenced by what is available for giving online?”
Forget “Should the church be influenced by what is available for giving online?” That’s a broad spectrum that theological thought leaders can discuss all day… and still smack up against the reality of what is shifting in churches. Anyway, according to the NY Post:
In quick stats, Church Development takes a set of statistics and applies it to the current state of church giving. Today’s blog covers a study from the Chronicle of Philanthropy on how 151 charities are performing with online giving.
Technology is rapidly changing. As a result, how people are giving is also changing. Generations are shifting from placing a check in the collection plate to donating online, but even outside of the church, many charities aren’t transitioning well, and I believe that churches can learn from this.
In studying 151 charities, the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that:
In quick stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies it to today’s world. Today’s blog covers how people spend their time on the internet and what this means for how your church communicates.
In continuing this series on your church’s online presence, we’ve covered the value of your church website and the value of texting with teens. From here, we’re now going to explore the value of social media for your church. Like anything internet, these numbers are outdated as soon as you publish them, but they will give insight as to why social media has become so important for your church’s communication:
Let’s start with the bulk load: The average user spends 23 hours a week emailing, texting and using social media and other forms of online communication.
Although not everyone uses every program—for example: teenagers use email far less often than adults—here’s the average time spent per week on each function/site:
In Quick Stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies it to the current state of the church. Today’s blog shares a study on how much teens text per day and what this means for your youth group.
You’ve got a project to complete, a deadline that’s coming quicker than you’re able to work. You’re focused, you getting in the flow, and then your phone dings. Then it dings again, and again, and again. You check your phone and discover that you’re part of a group text where people keep responding.
If you’re like me, this is cause for chucking your phone halfway across the room for distracting you at an inopportune time, but not for the average teenager. The Daily Mail Online noted the following:
In Quick Stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies it to the current church world. Today’s blog covers how long the average visitor spends on a website and how much of it they read.
After detouring to chat about how the church should talk about the “Noah” movie, I’m back to this series on the value of your church website. I’ve already covered a lot of website theory (see here and here), but with smartphone and social media usage increasing all the time, people got curious as to how long the average person spends on a website before they leave.
Church Development shows how, by the numbers, Scripture overwhelmingly promotes giving.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16 (NKJV)
What would you say are the major themes of the Bible? Your list probably includes belief, prayer, and love. After all, the most famous Scripture there is—the one pastors dedicate whole sermons to, the one people are likeliest to know (unless you’re a kid being paid to memorize Bible verses at church, then it’s John 11:35: “Jesus wept”), the gospel in a nutshell—this famous Scripture begins with, “For God so loved the world…”
However, when we consider the next few words in John 3:16, another key theme becomes apparent:
Church Development looks at the various definitions of irreligion in America.
Last year, we covered that Protestants lost the religious majority in the U.S. and how people view the church today. Recently, the Barna Group—a polling firm that covers statistical changes in religion—covered the rise of the nones (those claiming no religious affiliation) in the U.S.
While the Barna Group has received its share of criticisms over the years, Patheos released this graphic on how you can define post-Christian 15 different ways, which can widely swing the results from 4% to 89%:
In quick stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies it to the current state of church giving. In today’s blog, we share those who are the most likely and the least likely to tithe.
Last time I shared that 80% of the U.S. gives less than 2% to charitable organizations. Although only 5% of the U.S. tithes, let’s look at the likeliest demographics to do so*: