Why .CHURCH domain names matter: Episode 91

New domain names ending in .CHURCH are part of the new Internet name space expansion beyond the currently popular .COM, .NET, and .ORG domain names. With an estimated 1,000+ new gTLDs (generic top-level domains) being launched this year and next year, the web addresses and URLs will look very different in 10 years or sooner.

Social Media Church podcast host DJ Chuang explains why .CHURCH domain names matter, how they are a huge window of opportunity and innovation for churches in the 21st century, and praying that the good guys prevail. This episode unpacks what you need to know: when, how much, why, and where to register.

Show Notes

Will Your Church Domain Name Be at Risk? (@ leadnet.org/blog) with 5 reasons why your church should consider how to use .CHURCH domain names

When can .CHURCH domain names be registered? (@ .BIBLE blog)

The fastest way to register a new gTLD domain name like .CHURCH (@ .BIBLE blog) – describes the 2 qualifications and overview of the “sunrise period” for trademark holders to have first priority to register .CHURCH domain names

Important Dates

  • July 8 to September 6, 2014 = 60-day “sunrise period” for qualifying trademark holders to register .CHURCH domain names, the first of two windows of opportunities for priority access.
  • September 10-16, 2014 = Early Access Program (EAP) is the other window of opportunity for earlier registration before the free-for-all, with prices starting around $12,000 on day 1, and dropping daily for this week
  • September 17th, 2014 at 9:00am Pacific Time (16:00 UTC) = the public launch for anyone to register .CHURCH domain names, first-come first-serve

Where to register .CHURCH domain names – list of known registrars with sunrise period:

How to get the new gTLD domain names you really want (@ djchuang.com)

#audio Everything You Need to Know About .church [Podcast] (@ churchm.ag)

#video DJ Chuang: All About the New .church Domain [Video] (@ churchm.ag)

#episode about .BIBLE domain names = The Coming Internet Expansion: Episode 61 (@ SocialMediaChurch.net)

Content, Podcasts, and Church Websites: Episode 71

DJ Chuang pontificates on where to get content for feeding social media, Christian podcasts produced for podcast listeners, and what every church website needs to make plain and simple. More importantly, he wants to hear from you! Call 949-354-3216 and leave a message with your feedback or email me@socialmediachurch.net with your burning question.

Show Notes

#blog post by Josh Burns – Your Church’s Problem in Social Media

Josh Burns was featured on Episode 21 of Social Media Church; Josh is Director of Web & Social Media at Park Community Church (Chicago, IL)

browse the Christian Podcast Directory at SocialMediaChurch.net

#post Mapping out a DC Christmas Tour 2013

Pete Mitchell & Peyton Jones of Church Planter: Episode 70

Pete Mitchell and Peyton Jones together publish the Church Planter Magazine and host the Church Planter podcast – both are great resources by church planters for church planters. How they do all that they do I don’t know, but they made time to talk for this episode of Social Media Church podcast, and how social media and texting work for church plants and connecting with the next generation.

Show Notes

Read + Subscribe to Church Planter Magazine, a free digital publication, and the Church Planter podcast

Connect with Pete Mitchell on Twitter Bustoutbigguns (Pete Mitchell is the Chief Marketing Mercenary at Big Guns Marketing) and publisher of the Church Planter Magazine and the Church Planter podcast

Connect with Peyton Jones on Twitter @PeytonJonesPunk (Peyton Jones is team leader of Refuge Long Beach and founding coach of New Breed Church Planting UK/USA. He also authored the book Church Zero: Raising 1st Century Churches out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church.)

#church Refuge Long Beach on web refugelongbeach.com, on Twitter @RefugeLongBeach, on Facebook facebook.com/RefugeLongBeach

#video raw recording of this video conversation – this extended recording also includes Peyton’s answer to the question “So who is Jesus Christ? Is He the son of God or is he God in the flesh?” and the recording for Church Planter Podcast episode #34: the one about social media with DJ Chuang

#article Why church planters must use social media by DJ Chuang

4 Levels of Social Media Engagement: Episode 53

Started off this episode of Social Media Church with a conversation that sparked my preliminary thinking about 4 levels of social media engagement, for which I’d love your feedback. And the featured guest conversation is with Jan Lynn, Communication Director at Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim, California (previously in Fullerton) and a long-time blogger–she started back in 2005. We talk about the old days of blogging, the changes that social media has brought, developing an organizational voice for a church, creative use of images and videos, and more.

Show Notes

Connect with Jan Lynn on Twitter @jan_lynn and her blog theviewfromher.com

#video of the @Eastside_CC 50 years of history in a Facebook timeline look vimeo.com/41876041

Connect with Van Baird on Twitter @VanBaird and Relational Equity

#podcast Church Tech Weekly with Mike Sessler @MikeSessler and Van Metschke @TheSoundBooth


Social Media Saved a Church: Episode 48

Social Media Church features this conversation with Judith Gotwald about the story behind this article about her church, “How Social Media Saved Our Church” (posted 4/18/13 @ SocialMediaToday.com). Within 2 years of getting online to actively use social media, their church has seen worldwide impact far beyond the previous ministry efforts in a physical church building.

Show Notes

Connect with Judith Gotwald on Twitter @jigotwald + her church 2×2 The Church Without a Building + at her website gotwaldcreation.com

#article The Social Media Revolution (or Reformation?) (5/6/2013)

#article Overcoming the fear of Social Media (2/09/2013)

The Social Media Ministry page at 2x2virtualchurch.com has practical tips like 9 Reasons to Start A Social Media Ministry Committee, Social Media Can Help Your Church Make a Good First Impression, Forming a Social Media Ministry Committee, Finding Content for Your Church Blog, Getting Pastors Onboard with Social Media, Budgeting for Social Media Ministry, and more.

#alternative #article Technology won’t resurrect dead churches (The Baptist Standard, 5/02/2013)