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The Community of Church IT People

Most people who work at churches and ministries are in behind-the-scenes positions. There is a group of these modern day heroes of The Faith who focus on IT that began gathering as peers in 2006 to and encourage each other. They have formed the Church IT Network, and their impact is huge!

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Protecting Your Data– Is It Really Worth the Hassle?

The value of some church assets is difficult to assess. Personnel, congregational goodwill, and data are just a few examples of assets whose value is usually understood only once it’s gone. None of us would say our data has no value to the organization, but trying to figure out what it’s worth so we can adequately protect it is challenging.

Data is one of the most valuable assets a church has. Protecting it isn’t difficult, but must be approached as deliberately and strategically as fire and security protection.

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What Do You Use?

Folks often ask me what I use for a computer, cell phone, tablet, headset, etc. Here are my answers– and why– so my perspective might help you make whatever hardware decisions you need to make.

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Transitioning to VoIP – Our Experience

We decided to transition our organization to a VoIP phone system a couple of years ago. We’re glad we did— doing so saved us a lot of money and improved our work processes. We learned some things along the way that were not readily apparent, though. They may help you whether you’ve already implemented VoIP or are just considering doing so.

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One Ringy Dingy! An Article about Phone Systems

One of my favorite characters from the 1960s Laugh In television show was the telephone operator Ernestine created by Lilly Tomlin.  Playing the role of an AT&T operator sitting in front of an old-fashioned PBX, she would make, receive, and connect calls by using patch chords and dialing her rotary phone.  Telephone communication has changed dramatically since then, and the PBX is no exception! Phone systems used by churches and ministries come in all sizes and prices!  There are many worthwhile options; in this article we’ll look at phone system features and options to help prepare you for identifying the system that’s right for you and your church.

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Is VoIP In Your Future?

VoIP is a hot topic of conversation at nearly every ministry conference these days!  VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol,  is what many think of as free phone calls over the Internet.  Television cable companies have begun advertising it to compete with telephone service providers, and now telephone service providers are offering it too!  VoIP sounds promising, but is it as good as it sounds?  Let’s look together at VoIP: what it is, its upsides and its downsides so you can determine if it is for you.

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