The Internet's Best Practices for Ministry

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Welcoming Guests and First Impressions

The sermon starts in the parking lot, and the impression you make for your guests on Sunday morning during the first 10 minutes will be indelible.

Technology and The Church

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.

Vision and Leadership

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.

Preaching and Communication

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.

Creativity and Innovation

Being creative means asking the right questions and making new associations. Discover new and creative ideas for your ministry.

Who Is The Internet Generation?

The mosaic and culture of our churches is changing as these millennial digital natives become young adults - they are growing up in an entire different world, with different expectations and worldview shaped by the technological world around them.  Here is an interesting infographic contrasting the generations and their use and technology.

Kids of The Past vs. Kids of The Internet Generation
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Don't Be A Bully!

“shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight . . . not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock” (1 Pet. 5:1, 3)

Sam Storms has an interesting post on what it can look like when a pastor exercises a domineering and bullying posture in the church:
  • A man can “domineer” or “lord it over” his flock by intimidating them into doing what he wants done by holding over their heads the prospect of loss of stature and position in the church.
  • A pastor domineers whenever he threatens them with stern warnings of the discipline and judgment of God, even though there is no biblical basis for doing so.
  • A pastor domineers whenever he threatens them with public exposure of their sin should they not conform to his will and knuckle under to his plans.
  • A pastor domineers whenever he uses the sheer force of his personality to overwhelm others and coerce their submission.
  • A pastor domineers whenever he uses slick verbiage or eloquence to humiliate people into feeling ignorant or less competent than they really are.
  • A pastor domineers whenever he presents himself as super-spiritual (his views came about only as the result of extensive prayer and fasting and seeking God. How could anyone then possibly disagree with him?).
  • A pastor domineers whenever he exploits the natural tendency people have to elevate their spiritual leaders above the average Christian. That is to say, many Christians mistakenly think that a pastor is closer to God and more in tune with the divine will. The pastor often takes advantage of this false belief to expand his power and influence.
  • A pastor domineers whenever he gains a following and support against all dissenters by guaranteeing those who stand with him that they will gain from it, either by being brought into his inner circle or by some form of promotion.
  • A pastor domineers by widening the alleged gap between “clergy” and “laity.” In other words, he reinforces in them the false belief that he has a degree of access to God which they don’t.
  • Related to the former is the way some pastors will make it appear that they hold sway or power over the extent to which average lay people can experience God’s grace. He presents himself in subtle (not overt) ways as the mediator between the grace of God and the average believer. In this way he can secure their loyalty for his agenda.
  • He domineers by building into people a greater loyalty to himself than to God. Or he makes it appear that not to support him is to work at cross purposes with God.
  • He domineers by teaching that he has a gift that enables him to understand Scripture in a way they cannot. They are led to believe they cannot trust their own interpretive conclusions and must yield at all times to his.
  • He domineers by short circuiting due process, by shutting down dialogue and discussion prematurely, by not giving all concerned an opportunity to voice their opinion.
  • He domineers by establishing an inviolable barrier between himself and the sheep. He either surrounds himself with staff who insulate him from contact with the people or withdraws from the daily affairs of the church in such a way that he is unavailable and unreachable.
You can read the whole post here.

(ht: Justin)

29 Ways To Stay Creative

When life and ministry are busy and remain routine, how do you stay creative?  It is important to create environments and disciplines to keep the creative juices flowing.  Here are 29 ways to stay creative!

(ht: Socially Stacked)

The Rise Of The @Pastor

Barna just came out with a comparative report on social media use within the church. While there is a significant leap compared to two years ago in social media use, churches are still behind the curve when it comes to social media.

For instance, only 70% of churches have a Facebook presence - that's a 13% improvement from 2011 (of course mileage varies whether or not those Facebook accounts are really active).

When it comes to individual pastors, 66% have a Facebook account. That’s a mere 7% increase since 2011. And only 23% of pastors are active on Twitter.

If you ask me these numbers should be much higher, especially when it comes to churches using Facebook.  There is absolutely no reason why a church shouldn't have an active Facebook page.  It is free, it's is easy to set-up and manage, it acts as a helpful front door for visitors, it connects with people who already attend the church, it reaches people the church may not easily reach...etc.