40 Days and 40 Bytes. Making Computers Work for Your by Aaron Spiegel

By Aaron Spiegel

"Today we're awash in automated Bible video games, pastoral care software program, and church administration structures with individuals' own details and giving records," discover authors Spiegel, Armstrong, and invoice, yet "too usually we blindly settle for and use expertise with out asking the large questions. Questions like, is it acceptable to our venture and ministry?" forty Days and forty Bytes might help your congregation discover know-how so that you can make a decision, from a ministry and tradition point of view, what you must do. The aim: godly service—not technological glitz. The authors are uniquely certified that can assist you take into consideration the function of expertise on your congregation. All 3 are employees contributors with the Indianapolis heart for Congregations, which introduced the leading edge pcs and Ministry can provide Initiative in 1998 to assist congregations handle the demanding situations they face while utilizing desktop know-how of their ministries. during this publication, they percentage what they've got discovered of their paintings with 102...

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Instead, they’re known as dot matrix, laser, or inkjet. Dot matrix printers are rare today because they are an older technology. These printers use a print head and a ribbon to smash characters onto a piece of paper. The print quality of dot matrix printers is usually not very good. Some are fast, however, and they are the only printer technology that can be used for multipart forms such as purchase orders, IRS tax forms, and so on. That’s why you still see them used in auto and other repair facilities and department stores.

But that was yesterday. You’ve heard of the electronic church. Well, I now serve the first microchip church. While other pastors are sipping coffee at Ministerial Association meetings and visiting nursing homes, I have been quietly putting together a computerized ministry conglomerate. ” It’s a simple blend of economic savvy and good old American ingenuity. It is somewhat odd that I should be presiding over a multimillion-dollar church. In seminary, nobody thought that I showed much promise for ministry.

You hope to put in data and retrieve it in helpful ways. You hope to connect to the Internet and see your congregation’s Web site. Software makes that happen. You can’t see it—other than the box it came in and the shiny disk you put into the drive—because it is resident on your hard drive. What that means is that if your computer was to get junk mail addressed to “Resident,” it would go to the software. It resides, or lives, inside your CPU. There are two main types of software that you need to know about.

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