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Mike

I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 25 years, and we have three awesome kids, Emma, Luke, and Drew.

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Technology

If you are like most church leaders I know, you are exhausted from trying to establish an online ministry. I’ve talked to many pastors and leaders who are discouraged and frustrated, not knowing where to even begin. For over a decade, I’ve been helping churches develop online ministries to reach their communities, and I want to do something to help

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Technology

I’m excited to announce the launch of a new project. I have a passion for helping other churches, and I’ve been crazy busy the past six months helping churches navigate the new world online ministry. I want to help more churches, but I am limited in my time. So I am launching a new website focused on helping smaller and

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Technology

Over the last six months, many pastors and church leaders were forced to learn how to do livestreaming, video recording, and video editing. For many, this has been a difficult time of learning. While iMovie and Windows Movie Maker are fine to get you started with home videos, you will quickly discover that they both lack many crucial features that

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Technology

I haven’t shared before about the Blackmagic ATEM series of livesteam mixers, but they work great for small to mid-sized churches. Don’t let the name fool you, they offer great equipment at a low cost. There are now three different models to choose from, the ATEM Mini, the ATEM Mini Pro, and the ATEM Mini Pro ISO. So, you may

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Technology

I know I haven’t shared any new posts in a long time. But with the current COVID-19 crisis, I have been busy helping several local churches start livestreaming and set up their online giving solutions. I wanted to share a few tips for churches starting out. My goal is to help churches who have never even thought about livestreaming. There

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Technology

For pastors and church leaders, one of the quickest ways to connect and share information online is live video. Whether you use Facebook live, Instagram live stories, or live stream through your website, we now have the opportunity to reach large audiences quickly. However, I’ve noticed there is a huge difference in the quality of videos online. When I watch

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Life

This Holiday season has taught me that I have so much to be thankful for. As many of you may know, in August of 2017, I had a mild heart attack.  There are some words you never expect to hear. For me, I never thought I would hear someone tell me that I was having a heart attack. But at

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Faith

For the last ten years, I have been traveling with our church to Nicaragua to work with Because We Care Ministries. This ministry does an incredible job reaching out to rural villages all over northern Nicaragua and southern Honduras. Over the years, we have seen a lot of progress in the villages. We have seen so many lives changed through

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Life

This blog has been pretty quiet over the last year and a half. It’s been an eventful time in my life and for my family, but I’m finally ready to start blogging again. During the past 18 months, my two oldest children have started college. But the biggest surprise was that I had a completely unexpected heart attack. I’ve also

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Technology

I’ve been wanting to spend some time with the latest release from Churchthemes and I finally got the chance. After installing the Saved theme on a test site and playing around with it, I’m really impressed. Lately, I’ve setup several other church themes on WordPress, including several from Themeforest, and I’ve found myself missing the simplicity and consistency that Churchthemes

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Faith

Just recently, I stumbled on a new app for reading through the Bible. The Read Scripture app is an awesome way to stay connected to God’s Word. I really like the simplicity of the app.  It is split up into 15 to 20-minute segments that you can go through at your own pace. Most days have a video that explains

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