Hey everyone, I’m excited to announce that I will be participating in an online show: Innovate for Jesus Live. The live broadcast will be held this Tuesday, September 2, (11 PDT/ 2 EDT) on http://www.i4j.org/2014/new-technology-and-the-church-live-september-2/. Along with Jason Caston of iChurch Methods and Rich Birch of UnSeminary and Liquid Church and I4J host Justin Blaney, we’ll be discussing new technologies for sharing timeless truth.
If you are not yet familiar with Jason and Rich here is a little bit about my fellow guests:
Rich Birch serves as Operations Pastor at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. He blogs at unSeminary.com and is a sought after speaker and consultant on multisite, pastoral productivity and communications. More from Rich Birch at www.unseminary.com.
You can join the conversation around this event before, during or after the event on Twitter using the hashtag #I4JLIVE.
I’m excited to share with you this interview with William Vanderbloemen. William has been a good friend for several years and is doing a great work through Vanderbloemen Search Group. I hope you will take 10 minutes to watch this conversation as we discuss church trends, pastoral transitions, retirement for pastors and more. You will see in the first minute of the video that we had some bandwidth issues, but know that it smooths out during the second minute. Here’s the interview:
Out of all of the projects that I have had the privilege of being a part of Vemory is probably the most fun! I was brought into this project about 6 months ago and it has been incredible to watch it develop and now LAUNCH! Before even reading further go ahead and pull out your iOS device and start downloading the Vemory app here or go to the App Store and Search “Vemory”.
Rather than I go into detail describing the app, take a look at this 1 minute video:
I can’t wait to see what you create and share on and through Vemory! Expect to see many Vemories in my social networks in the coming days and weeks!
If you would also take a minute after downloading the app to give it a good review and let others know what you think.
I heard about the site about a year ago as the place people go to buy fake Twitter followers (yes, people buy fake Twitter followers). Recently though, the buzz has increased as not just a bunch of quirky digital items you can purchase, but real valuable resources that can be created. My first 2 purchases were silly videos for friends (check out this guy: http://www.fiverr.com/doyley3731/pop-my-eyes-out-and-read-a-message-aka-mr-zoom?context=advanced_search&context_type=auto&funnel=2014080319455455818751480). Well worth the $10 I spent, so I decided to get more practical. This week I purchased a new logo for my blog (see above) and an SEO report here of NilsSmith.com. While not great, they were definitely worth the $10 I spent on them combined (things I couldn’t do on my own).
So while the site is still full of fun and quirky items which I will likely purchase in the future, I’m also getting very serious about the site as a go to for various digital tasks I need to get done. Here are a few ideas of how I see your ministry using Fiverr as an effective and affordable resource:
Ministry Logos – seriously for just $5 you can get a ministry logo! If you don’t like it there are dozens of other designers on here who can design one for you. I would actually buy 3 different ones and I bet you will like one of them.
Announcement Videos- for Student Ministries there are some great silly ones like the eye-popping guy, Old Man Steve, and a guy who will get your message out of a coconut tree. There are some very professional options on here as well that could do a great job with your video announcements.
Email Marketing Templates- whether you use Constant Contact, Mail Chimp or another platform there are folks ready to design email templates for your ministry
Website Editing- need an extra set of eyes on your website. Hire someone on Fiverr to read through your website pages and recommend updates.
Powerpoint Layouts- make your sermon slides look even better this weekend by getting some new powerpoint templates setup
These are just a few ideas, I’m eager to see what you come up with!
If you are not yet familiar with Zoom, I encourage you to quickly become familiar. While I am using technology constantly to connect with people all over the world and I have a greater need than most, I think you will also find great value in Zoom for your organization or ministry.
So what is Zoom? It’s many things, but i would compare it most to Skype and Google Hangouts combined except much better. I do a lot of conference calls every day and I prefer for those to be face to face. Beyond just the video conference call, it is very easy to utilize the text chat feature, record the calls and share your screen. You can actually have 20+ people on the call and some can join you by actually calling a phone number or just clicking a link and seeing each other face to face.
So here’s what I love the most about Zoom:
Simplicity- it is easy for me to setup a call, invite others, and most importantly for them to join the call
Price- it’s FREE to get started, but honestly worth paying $10/month for unlimited calls and recording the calls
Improvements- I have only been using Zoom for 2 months and have already seen improvements in the technology and excited for their webinar feature that is about to release that will allow for 20 presenters and 1,000 viewers.
I could honestly go on about Zoom with their great mobile app, coming conference room integrations, etc. I will stop here and simply encourage you to give it a try. Go check it out at http://zoom.us.
Before I end this email I want to encourage you to think about the online small group opportunities around Zoom. Think online small groups/Bible studies. You can easily have an online small group of 3 or have an online Bible study where hundreds login to more of a presentation based Bible study that can also be interactive. The opportunities are limitless, the cost is minimal and the technology is now SIMPLE!
After over 6 months of preparation, I’m excited to announce that Online Church Leaders is here! Go to http://OnlineChurchLeaders.com to sign up for your FREE account today!
This has been a labor of love, and I feel so grateful that Community Bible Church has been generous enough to allow me to invest in other churches in this way. We are essentially giving away all that we have learned about Online Church over the past 4 years in this FREE training program! It’s not just what we have learned at Community Bible Church, but collectively among other friends pioneering this new ministry opportunity from LifeChurch.tv, Saddlback Church, Seacoast Church, Dream Center, and more!
Here are some of the learning portals included in the training:
Building Your Platform
Creating Your Content
Attracting Your Crowd
Developing Your Volunteers
We have a goal with this platform over the next 2 years to help 500 churches launch an Online Church campus reaching an average of 2,000 each week. That would be 1 million people a week attending an Online Church! We believe this is very possible and just a matter of churches understanding the opportunity, embracing the technology, and applying the basic principles lined out here.
Here’s what some key Online Churches have said about this new ministry opportunity:
“Saddleback Church’s Online Campus reached over 208 countries/territories this past year with over 2/3 of our viewers non-local. Plus, with over 1,100 groups meeting all over the globe. Through a simple, but well executed Church Online strategy anyone from anywhere can engage with our church.” – Jay Kranda from Saddleback Church
“God is using online ministry in very real ways around the world. Our ministry has been extended to people we never would have been able to reach otherwise, and lives are being transformed through the life-giving message of Christ. People who were feeling empty have found hope. People who were lonely have found community. People who were stuck in destructive decisions have found strength to change… all through the power of Christ.” – Alan George from LifeChurch.tv
Without a doubt, OnlineChurchLeaders.com is the most valuable priceless resource that will bring more churches into the 21st century before the 22nd century gets here! Get online already!” – DJ Chuang from the Social Media Church Podcast
I have been so excited to introduce you to Faith Social for some time! I have been working for months with the team at Pointburst to repurpose this incredible technology for the church. I truly believe it will transform the way churches use Social Media. Take a look at this video:
So what is Faith Social? Well, that can’t be answered in once simple phrase. It’s many things as it becomes your go to resource to engage your congregation socially. Don’t worry, it’s not ANOTHER social network. It pulls together all of your social networks to become a platform for you to share content to your social networks as well as communicate with your members and create content for them to share through their networks.
Faith Social introduces a new evangelism opportunity on Social Media that’s actually a very traditional model: Outreach through Inreach. Instead of the church organization leading the outreach the church congregation reaches out to their friends and family through social media. The church organizationally just invests relationally into each other and resources their members with great social media content to share on their personal networks.
Why do people visit your church? It’s not likely that they saw an ad in the paper or even on the internet. It’s most likely that someone invited them. That’s the core of Faith Social.
Here’s how it works:
You connect your church social networks to the Faith Social app
Through the app you post and schedule content to be distributed to your various networks (Facebook Twitter, Instagram, etc.) making it easy to manage your content distribution on one platform
Next, you invite your staff and members to download the app and connect their personal social networks to view and interact with all of your social media posts in one place
You share special content directly to your members on the Faith Social Insider feed helping them feel even more connected to your church and each other
You create social media posts for your church members to share on their personal social networks simply with 1 click
It honestly is that simple to use, yet incredibly complex. The management tools, analytics reports, content libraries and everything else that comes with the platform really is incredible and something I’m so proud to have been a part of creating. I think you will find the price points to be reasonable for any church considering the incredible impact that it will make.
Also, one of my favorite features of Faith Social is the private content library full of pre-created posts for you to share on your church’s social networks. Ever see those cool graphics on Facebook or Instagram and wish your church had these to post? Now you can!
To learn more go to FaithSocial.com. I want to encourage you to give it a try for a month. There are no long-term contracts so if you don’t like it you can cancel it after your first month. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
I’m excited to announce that I will be hosting the Social Media Summit in coordination with my friends at Faith Social. In one 90 minute session, we have brought together seasoned experts in social media and digital ministry to share strategy and best practices for church leaders to better engage their members and grow their ministry through social media. This event is the perfect opportunity for church leaders to deepen their understanding of Social Media in Ministry without even leaving their desk. This online event is FREE and will take place on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from noon-1:30pm CST. I hope to see you there!
For more information and to register now click here.
Take a look at some of our speakers and our incredible sponsors for this event:
I’m excited to introduce you to the CBC Roku Channel! I hope you will take a minute and let Nick take you on a quick tour:
Many people have asked us “Why Roku?” It’s pretty easy for me. I want to engage everyone everywhere I can around gospel centered video content. While this experience isn’t currently social, I believe this is only the beginning and will be the introduction to a long term relationship for many people.
A year ago we connected with people in their pockets when we developed the CBC App and now we’re invading living room through the TV. We don’t plan to stop at Roku, so stay tuned for more coming soon!