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How to Sync Locally Across Multiple Computers

ProPresenterThis ProPresenter 6 Tutorial walks you through how to perform a sync on a local area network when you have multiple ProPresenter machines that you wish to keep the same content on. This way you can access the same content from your office as your church sanctuary.

In order to sync your media files, you must have selected Manage Media Automatically from the Media Repository settings on the General tab in Preferences. Media that is added to ProPresenter with bundles is automatically placed in this repository, but media that you add to ProPresenter is not automatically located here. Sync is only able to move media files in this location. Hot Folders are also excluded from the sync.

Setup
Before you can even begin syncing, you will need to have a central folder for everything to be stored. This needs be a dedicated folder in a shared directory or on an external drive that is used just for syncing.

Once you have your central folder in place, use the “Sync files up” option on one computer to create the necessary sync folders and to copy the data. You will have up to five folders in your sync folder. After the sync is complete, you can use any of the sync options. If you are setting up additional computers to match the first one, you would select the central folder and choose “Sync files down” to move the files to that computer. In the future you would probably use “Bidirectional sync”.

Sync files down from repository
This will move files from the Source to your computer.

Sync files up to repository
This will move files from your computer to the Source.

Bidirectional sync
This will look for differences between your computer and the Source and sync those files. If a newer version of a file is detected, you will be shown a prompt alerting you that the older version is being replaced.

Replace My Files
This will replace the files in the destination folder regardless of the timestamp on files. This option isn’t available on Bidirectional sync. This only affects files that exist in both locations. If “File A” is not in both the local and the sync directory, it will either be added to the destination or left alone. If “File B” exists in both the local and sync directory, the file coming from the source of the will be used even if it’s older than the one in the destination.

Note: Files that are deleted in one location are not deleted in the other locations when syncing. If you have deleted a song from Computer 2, and use Sync Down or Bidirectional Sync, the file you deleted will be added back to your computer. This Sync method only looks at the current file list to determine what needs to be synced each direction.

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Connect with Your Students through Social Media

cell-phoneTeens are NEVER without their cell phones or social media. Today they have consistent access at their fingertips. Even though social media is fun, it can expose students to a darker side of the world. Create an account and let your social media postings be a light in your students’ home feeds. Below are 4 ways you can reach out to your Youth Ministry through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Facebook – Create a Facebook Group for your students and parents to follow.

On this page you can post motivational and inspirational images, quotes, verses, and songs to share with your Youth. This will keep your teens engaged in ministry outside of weekly events. You can also engage with your students’ parents through this group page. Share information discussed at weekly meetings and important details about upcoming events. This will help keep parents in the know all year round.

Instagram – Create a Group Chat for your Youth Ministry to engage.

You can create a group conversation through Instagram Direct Messaging. Direct Messaging allows you to choose who can be included in the group discussion. It also gives each person the ability to share comments and posts with one another in a group feed. This will give your Youth Ministry an outlet to stay in touch with one another throughout the week.

Twitter – Create a Youth Ministry Account for Students to Follow.

Your Twitter account can be a platform to share motivational images and scripture verses with your Youth and other church followers. This will help keep your Student Ministry encouraged through positive posts outside of weekly services.

Snapchat – Create a Youth Ministry Account to Engage with your Students.

This account is the best way to get your Youth Ministry excited about upcoming events! You can utilize this account by sending snaps to promote your upcoming youth events and weekly services. It offers a sneak peek for your students to know what to expect and spark up curiosity of what you have planned.

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3 Things to Do Before You Preach

Proclaiming the good news of the Gospel each week is one of the most important things you do as a pastor, but preparing a powerful, life-changing sermon 40-50 times a year can be really challenging. We’ve compiled a list of three practices that we think will go a long way to making your sermon prep more productive. Before you ever open your mouth – and before you ever put pen to paper – try these three things.

Read Before You Write

It’s tempting to have an epiphany when driving down the road, watching a tv show, mowing the grass, etc. and then try to reverse engineer a sermon around that. You may pull out your moleskin and scribble your three points out, then spend the next several days searching your Bible for verses to bolster them.

Assuming you’re listening to God’s Spirit, and you’re already fairly familiar with scripture, epiphanies aren’t necessarily a bad thing, but we recommend that you read and re-read your key passage(s) – and dig into commentaries and other study resources – before you ever write a word of your sermon. Let your words be informed by diligent prayer and research. Even if you end up back at the three points from your original flash of inspiration, your sermon will be richer for having done the hard work of listening deeply.

Preach To Yourself First

We all have a tendency to be better at finding specks in others’ eyes than we are at noticing the 2x4s in our own. It’s easy to read the warnings and admonitions in scripture and think about how they apply to all those other people, but harder to look inside ourselves and see where we fall short.

Before I get up to share a biblical text with an audience, I try to always think about my sermon as though it were being preached just to me. I don’t want to go out and decry all the people who are being pharisaical without first examining ways in which I’m a pharisee. This isn’t only important for our own spiritual growth and maturity, but it will help you communicate your message to your congregation in a way that’s truly relatable.

Set Up The Drive Home

Your sermon is less about what’s proclaimed in your church building, and more about what’s processed outside of your walls, inside the hearts of your listeners. In other words, choose words that get your folks thinking and, more importantly, talking. Present your material in such a way that friends and family will want to keep talking about the message when they get in the car to drive home.

What do you do before you preach?
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4 Questions Visitors Ask of Your Church Website

 

computerAbout a year ago I moved to a new city. As a person of faith, finding a church community was extremely important to me, and, since it was 2015, I began my search online. Before I rolled out of bed on a given Sunday morning, I wanted to know what I could expect, so I scoped out church websites… lots of them. In my search, I discovered that many of the questions I was asking were not being answered… by the primary tool that churches use to address newcomers’ questions.

Who You Are
We all know the value of first impressions, and, for many, a visit to your site is the first impression you make on potential visitors. Make sure you’re not hiding or obscuring important details about yourself, and make sure that your style in person is matched by your branding and graphics online. Use your key nav positions to point visitors to information about what you believe/value, and to provide some info on your staff or leadership. (Remember that a church is composed of people and introducing folks to your leadership is a great way to make a human connection, even via a digital medium).

What You Do
The ministry of your church extends beyond Sunday mornings and well beyond your four walls, right? More and more, as culture becomes more disillusioned with religion, people want to know what you’re doing. Use your site to showcase the things you’re doingin your community – the ways through which you’re being the hands and feet of Jesus. Many of us are looking not for a place to hear a sermon and sing some songs on Sunday, but are looking for a people to serve with. Make sure you’re connecting those dots.

Where Are You
Believe it or not, finding where a church is located was one of the most consistently difficult things for me. Make sure that your physical location is on every page, and, where possible, use maps and images to make this very clear. Remember that a number of visitors may be new to the area, so also avoid using language that only those familiar with your city will understand. For instance, your “Monroe Park Campus” may not be as clear as you think to someone who just moved from across the country.

When Do You Gather
In my opinion, every page – or at least your homepage and several others – should have this info. While people may be interested in what you do beyond Sunday morning, the weekly service will be the starting point for 99% of people. Make sure that your meeting times are really clear and easy to find.

A really robust website can have a bunch of benefits for the full life of your church, but the primary audience for your site is – and will continue to be – new people looking to find answers to those questions. Make sure you’re putting the answers front and center.

How do you answer these questions?
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