Catching up with Jay Kranda: Podcast 220

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Jay Kranda, a good friend and a great leader, has been our co-host since 2015. He’s been quite occupied with a couple of things, both in church responsibility and his personal resource "Healthy Online Church."

One of the updates Jay has for us is their new product offer in Amazon Alexa Skill. They also have a Free Amazon Alexa Skill Giveaway through their Facebook Page.

Nils and Jay also share a conversation about trends and what they do with their social media profiles.

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Show Notes:

Jay Kranda

Healthy Online Church

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership (Book) Facebook Contest Alexa Skill

Amazon: Alexa Skill

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A Conversation with Jason Caston from iChurch Method about Social Media and New Technology Trends: Podcast 219

Back in the day, our early Christian ancestors only had a few manuscripts and pages of the Bible which they can only effectively use when they’re together. Thanks to advancements in technology, the few rare scrolls became mass-printed books that are now available to everyone who wanted to own and read the Bible. Technology has played an important part in spreading the Gospel of Christ. If it benefited us in the past, why do some people and churches still fear embracing technology? Are we over-digitizing the church? How far is too far? In this new podcast with Nils Smith and Jason Caston from iChurch Method, we’ll be talking about technology trends, social media, and how they have affected the church before and how they are essential today, more than ever.

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Show Notes:

Jason Caston

Jason Caston Twitter

Jason Caston Facebook

iChurch Method


YouTube TV

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A Conversation with Sean Cannell of Video Influencers about Vlogging: Podcast 218

Before the general public came to understand the concept of blogs, “vlogs” suddenly came out. This left a lot of people confused and uneasy. What is a vlog? What is it about? How is it different from a blog? In this new episode, we have Sean Cannell of Video Influencers join Nils Smith to tell us that vlogging is not merely converting your written blog to a video format, it opens up a lot more opportunities to connect with people on a personal level and touch lives– one key goal for every ministry. If you’re thinking about starting a vlog, this podcast will be extremely helpful.

Should your church or pastor start a vlog? Should you start one? We’d like to hear from you, use the hashtag #SMCPodcast on your posts.


Show Notes:

Sean Cannell Twitter

Video Influencers

Video Influencers Youtube Channel

Alejandro Reyes Twitter

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A Conversation with CV Outreach’s Chad Hugghins about Messenger Bots: Podcast 217

For some people, hearing the word “bots” scares them. Others, however, see this innovation as a relief and an opportunity to make life easier. In this new episode, Chad Hugghins from CV Outreach joins Nils Smith to discuss how Facebook Messenger Bots can add a whole new array of functions to Facebook's messaging app and how this change relationships between ministries and companies with their users.

Do you think your ministry would benefit from using Messenger Bots? We’d like to hear from you, use the hashtag #SMCPodcast on your posts.


Show Notes:

Facebook Messenger Bots

Christian Vision

CV Outreach

Chad Hugghins Twitter



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A conversation with Rob Peabody of Awaken My City about Technology and Millennial Engagement: Podcast 216

Has your church become culturally irrelevant in your community?

Many churches today have accepted the challenge of doing the Great Commission but many are stuck and don't know how to do it. In this episode, Rob Peabody of Awaken My City, discusses with Nils the importance of leveraging technology for discipleship instead of traditionally fighting against it. Rob emphasizes how it is important for us to identify the culture and strategize from there; in this case utilizing social media and technology to engage with millennials.

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Show Notes:

Rob Peabody Twitter

Awaken Movement

Awaken My City

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A Conversation about Innovation with Kent Woodyard: Podcast 215

This week’s podcast, Nils Smith and Kent Woodyard talk about innovation in the church and dig into the core opportunities for churches around technology. Kent shares his experience on how he got started serving churches in tech with Mogiv based in San Diego and then most recently to Pushpay. Nils and Kent also share their recent experience from PushPay's eChurch Summit focusing on technology, leadership and communication as key development needs within the church.

Share your thoughts around this conversation on social media using the hashtag #SMCPodcast

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Has Facebook Won the Social Media War?: Podcast 214

Facebook has won the social media war! Nils and Jay share their thoughts on how Facebook has topped the social media networks, and name some better things Facebook did and is doing to get way ahead of every platform we are enjoying today. Current Facebook development includes integration of powerful data analytics. Also, Jay shares why he is switching from DirecTV to YoutubeTV.

Share your thoughts with us by using the hashtag #SMCPodcast.


Show Notes:




Facebook Adwords

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Analytics



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Learnings from Facebook's F8 Conference: Podcast 213

How did Facebook win in social media?

Jay and Nils discuss more trends about social media, especially Facebook. Nils recently went to Facebook’s F8 Conference, it’s primarily a conference for developers and people who optimally use the platform. Nils talk about the stuff he learned from the conference. They also talk about the innovations Facebook has done over the years, and Nils also shares his insights about how Facebook has won over social media.

What’s your story about the innovations of Facebook throughout the years? Share it with us by using the hashtag #SMCPodcast.


Show Notes:

Facebook Live

F8 Conference


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Breaking Down Facebook Ads for Ministries: Podcast 212

How can church leaders use Facebook for their ministries?

Integrating Facebook as an advertising tool in our church or ministry can create a big impact in connecting and engaging with people and bringing them closer to God.  In this week’s podcast, Jay and Nils talk about Facebook’s two advertising options: Facebook Boost and Facebook Ads. These tools can help church leaders advertise their church’s content or ministries. They also share each other’s insights about the differences between the two strategic marketing options in Facebook. Hear Jay’s and Nil’s strategic advice on leveraging Facebook ads.

What do you think about Facebook ads/boost? Share it to us by using the hashtag #SMCPodcast!


Show Notes:

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A Conversation with Brady Shearer of Pro Church Tools: Podcast 211

How do you tell your church ministry stories on social media?

In this episode, Nils Smith is with Brady Shearer from Pro Church Tools. Pro Church Tools is an online platform company that helps churches maximize time beyond Sunday service. They discuss about the questions that are often asked when it comes to accomplishing your church's mission statement — not only in the real world perspective but also in the digital world. Nils then throws in a quick question about what social media platform where church leaders can ideally focus on to improve their ministry. Brady also shares his encouraging words for churches to begin sharing their stories. 

What stories do you share about your ministry through social media? Share it with us by using the hashtag #SMCPodcast.


Show Notes:

Pro Church Tools

Nucleus Platform

The Ultimate Church Connect Card Template

Brady on Instagram

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