If your church isn't engaged with social media or doesn't have an internet presence...will anyone know you even exist?
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Leveraging technology for ministry can be an incredible blessing. But it can also be fraught with problems and pitfalls. Learn how to use technology well.
Our God longs for leaders to request of Him to do that which they cannot. Faith filled vision, leadership and risk are key ingredients for ministry.
You know and understand how challenging it is to communicate. It is hard to get and capture people's attention. Learn how to communicate effectively.
Being creative means asking the right questions and making new associations. Discover new and creative ideas for your ministry.
"Our policy is we try things," the Google CEO said, hours after the company announced it was halting development of the complex real-time communication tool. "We celebrate our failures. This is a company where it is absolutely OK to try something that is very hard, have it not be successful, take the learning and apply it to something new."Google wasn't afraid to fail, in fact they were willing to invest a lot of time, energy and money to risk on something new.
"Thousands of churches are not walking through the unprecedented number of open doors social networking has provided them...To not be proactive in wireless communications today is to not be communicating" says Bob Hutchins, Owner of BuzzPlant,The BuzzPlant Study entitled, "How Do People of Faith Use Social Media?", surveyed churches across the country exploring their levels of involvement in the social media explosion which is not only becoming a marketing powerhouse but the point of connectivity between people of all generations. The study showed that while almost half of surveyed churches have some sort of social media presence, such as on Facebook, the vast majority use it poorly or are not committed to maximizing the effectiveness it offers the church to connect with its members and promote the connectedness that people need and are increasingly turning to social networking to satisfy. Here are some of the statistics:
Creativity is not neat. It is not orderly. When we are being creative we don’t know what is going to happen next. When we are being creative a great deal of what we do is wrong. When we are being creative we are not efficient.-Eugene Peterson, Under the Unpredictable Plant, p. 163
This experience has made me wonder: what happens if someone on a search committee Googles the name of a candidate who has been attacked by a vicious blogger? How much will that weigh on the committee’s decision? We can usually control what sort of information we put on the Internet about ourselves, but we cannot control what people say about us. We also have very little legal recourse in these situations (to dig deeper, see Daniel Solove).
How do we lead religious institutions in the Google generation? There are a few possibilities.
First, religious leaders can severely limit their web interactions. Some people have decided that it is too dangerous for one’s reputation to get in the mud of social media. If they do interact, then it’s all business. I respect this decision, but I also think that social media presents incredible opportunities for us to connect with people in authentic and creative ways. I would hate to miss out on that because I’m a pastor. In fact, it seems that I should be involved because I’m a pastor.
Second, we can encourage no-Google policies in our job searches. This is something that Daniel Solove condones, but I’m afraid it is not possible. When an employer is trying to gain as much information about a candidate’s character as possible, then I’m not sure that they can ignore such an important research tool. And even if the search committee did maintain a no-Google policy, the people in the institution or pew will be looking up the name on search engines.
If you store things up and do the "yearly dump" I think it creates many more hard feelings. Employees need to be reviewed, encouraged, and corrected. But do it as the problems (or good stuff) happens. Don't wait until they've forgotten what the reprimand was about in the first place.(read the whole post HERE)
"Filmmaker Jesse Bryan, media producer at Mars Hill Church in Seattle sent me this interesting article from USA Today. The question is the $4.6 billion dollars in Christian merchandizing - most of it rip offs from the outside culture. As the paper says,"American retailers sell about $4.6 billion worth of Christian products annually, and some are spoofs or spinoffs of commercial logos or brand names. Many such goods are illegal, trademark attorneys say, but companies often are unaware their names are being copied or don't put up a fight for fear of being labeled anti-faith."
We wonder why Christians don't make more of an impact in the culture, when so little of what we do is really original and innovative. When it's easier to copy ideas from the non-believing culture, what attraction is that for them to consider our perspective on faith?"We worship a God who is infinitely and wondrously creative - who created all that is in the world, with all of it's variety and beauty. Then why can't the people of God reflect that creativity rather than merely rip off, copy and make pale imitations from the culture around us?
…we pay attention only to those parts of reality that we can measure with numbers.
…But we forget that growth is a biological, not an arithmetical metaphor. Growth in biology has to do with timing, passivity, waiting, proportion, maturity. There is a proper size to each thing. There are proportions to be attended to. It is an exceedingly complex and mysterious thing, this process of growth. Every congregation has proportions, symmetries, and a size proper to it. Different congregations in different places and conditions will have different proportions and sizes.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Martin Luther King, Jr.
There is no love without hope, no hope without love, and neither hope nor love without faith.Augustine of Hippo
Based on past studies of those who avoid Christian churches, one of the driving forces behind such behavior is the painful experiences endured within the local church context. In fact, one Barna study among unchurched adults shows that nearly four out of every ten non-churchgoing Americans (37%) said they avoid churches because of negative past experiences in churches or with church people.
A PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points.Here is Guy's rule unpacked from his original post....
Resources that can help churches determine a fair salary for pastors include The Annual Compensation Handbook for Church and Staff from Christian Ministry Resources, Zondervan's 2000 Minister's Tax and Financial Guide by Dan Busby, and How to Set Clergy Compensation by Steve Clifford.
Your denominational headquarters could tell you what pastors in churches like yours are paid. So might CPAs such as Jack L. McGinnis of Brooks, McGinnis & Chafin in Atlanta, Georgia, who collects data from more than 50 churches to help clients determine salary packages. (read the rest HERE)Also, churches need to take into account cost of living issues by checking the local census information to find out what the median income level is for it's community, in order to measure if the church's salaries will adequately provide.