Conference

Will you join me at iMinistry 2014?

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It's almost time for one of my favorite events of the year: the iMinistry Conference!  If you are an Online Church Leader or thinking about doing Online Ministry this is the event for you!  The conference is less about listening and more about engaging with some of the brightest leaders I have ever been around.  You will be able to interact with leaders from Seacoast, Saddleback, LifeChurch.tv and more!

Click here to register today!

Still not sold?  Consider these 5 reasons:

1) Interactivity is Key

The iMinistry Conference is not a conference where you are spoken to from a talking head on stage for 3 days. With our Round Table and Panel format, you will get to hear from a variety of voices and interact with them each day of the conference.

2) You Will Build Lasting Relationships

While the conference is great, it is only 3 days. The relationships you will build are vital throughout the year as you continue to take steps in your ministry. We intentionally build our schedule to provide opportunities to connect during the conference.

3) You Don’t Have to Reinvent the Wheel

You will meet men and women who have been involved in doing Church Online for 5+ years, who you can have up close and personal conversations with and learn from their successes and failures.

4) You Will Meet Like-Minded People

Do you ever go to conferences and wonder who is doing ministry online in the midst of the hundreds or thousands in attendance? If you’re lucky, there will be one breakout session that is kind of related to what you do. This is an ENTIRE conference dedicated to doing church online.

5) Find Your Inspiration for Your Next Step

You will be exposed to new ways of thinking about doing ministry online. It may be exactly what you need to give you that “light bulb moment” to take your ministry to the next level!

I'm confident that you are now ready to register so go ahead and head over to http://iministryconference.org and register now!  I look forward to seeing you there!

Discount on eConnect Conference

iConnect
iConnect

The eConnect Conference is going to be here before we know it!  In case you're not familiar with the Conference here are the key details that you need to know:

eConnect Conference

January 29-31, 2014

GROUP PUBLISHING HEADQUARTERS

LOVELAND, CO

You can get more details by clicking here.

I'm most excited to be able to share this special discount code with you for $50 off:

The code is:    SpecialOffer        (one word; case sensitive)

If you register by January 10th you will still get the early bird rate and get the cost down to just $149.  This event will be great for you to attend whether you know very little about technology or consider yourself an expert.  Group offers a very warm and conversational space for you to learn and engage with other ministry leaders about utilizing online tools for ministry purposes. I'm really looking forward to this event and hope to spend some time with you there!

Join me at the eConnect Conference

eConnect Conference
eConnect Conference

I would love for you to join me at the eConnect Conference on January 29-31, 2014 in beautiful Loveland, CO.  Group is hosting this event where we will be discussing how to use online tools for greater ministry impact.  I'm also very excited to be joined by my good friend Jason Caston, author of the iChurch Method v. 1 & 2 and soon to be good friend, Brian Abbott.

At this event we will discuss social media, websites, mobile apps, and how all of these things translate to becoming effective ministry tools.  I can't wait for the conversations that will be had and hope you will be a part.  Click here for more information and to register for this exciting event!

iMinistry 2012 Notes

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I had a great time this past week at the iMinistry Conference at Lakepointe Church in Rockwall, TX.  I was honored to participate in several panel discussions alongside some incredible ministry leaders from around the country.  Here are my notes from several of the sessions:

Seth Farrior

- The internet is a tool

- The secret to "success" is intentionality.

- End goal is to get them connected in a physical church community.

- Online Campus experiences turnover every 6 months... and okay with that.

 

Guidelines to success:

1)   Be humble

2)   Be bold

3)   Be who God created you to be

 

"Our strengths are nothing more than how God chooses to use us for His Kingdom."

 

Small Groups

- Nate- 2 different kinds of small groups: chat based (after services), Adobe Connect (face to face)

- Jan- 7 Online Groups, all different.  Facebook Groups,

- a LifeGroup that just meets as a Facebook Group

- 2 sermon based studies

- Google + hangouts

- Content is a great challenge

- one content possibility: RightNow Media

- Lecture base online kills it... quickly! - Nate

- Just because you get a no doesn't mean it will always be a no.

- chatzy- chat room program used for LifeGroups

 

Volunteers

- Identify volunteers by monitoring the chat and various Social Media tools- Oscar

- Best volunteers come from Online

- Use Zoom to connect with volunteers

- Best volunteers are not always techy IT people

- Jason Morris- incorporate the value of "fun"

- "slide ruler" - interactive slides

- "chat artist" - host

- "prayer ninja" - prayer warrior

- "twitter sniper" -

- "experience captain" - oversees the entire experience and team

- What someone else is doing in their context, may not work in yours. - Jan Touchberry

- Set up area in lobby for volunteers so physical campus can see online campus.

- Question: What are you doing to invest in your leaders?

 

Learn to be sensitive the the Spirit and listen to your volunteers.  2 ears, 1 mouth, use in the proportion. - Oscar

- Help people to tell their story.

- freeconferencecall.com for volunteer meetings

- Pray for volunteers

- Have job descriptions written on paper

 

 

Measuring Success

How do you count?

- LifeChurch.tv- counts unique visitors

- Westside Family- uniques

- Seacoast- time on site/video length (7 minutes)

 

track as much as possible: unique visits, return visits, time on page, where people come from, giving...

 

LifeChurch.tv Campus tier

Tier 1- new campus not self supporting

Tier 2- self supporting

Tier 3- giving back and supporting new campuses

 

Bring in, Build Up, Train, Send Out- LifeChurch.tv Discipleship Process

Seeker, Believer, Follower, Leader- Westside Discipleship Process

 

Giving Options

- Service U

- Secure Give

 

Share your story and people will follow that vision

 

 

Alan George Interview

- Ministry is not something we do, but who we are.  Cannot compartmentalize ministry.

- How many staff for Church Online? 6 looking for 7

- Use scrum to interface with staff

- Always ask what can I do to break through the next barrier?

- Not about thinking outside of the box, but thinking within restraints.

- Is your model scalable?

- Church Online Roadshow- visiting each campus promoting Church Online and recruiting volunteers

- What's Next?  Church working together to lead the way with technology and innovation

 

Priorities:

1)   Invest in Staff Team

2)   Analytics

3)   Communication

Watch The Orange Conference Live tomorrow

I just found out that the Orange Conference will be livestreaming the main sessions this year for FREE!!!  If you're not already familiar with the Orange Conference that begins tonight, you need to get familiar quickly.  You can go to www.theorangeconference.com and find out all about it.  They have an incredible lineup of speakers including Doug Fields, Mark Batterson, Donald Miller, Reggie Joiner, Perry Noble, and Rev Run!  That's right, the Rev Run from Run's house!  Also, two of my friends: Rick Smith (Thursday 1:10pm) and Scott Austin (Friday at 11:00am) will be speaking at the conference on the main stage.  I love that so many of these conferences are now broadcasting live for everyone to see and experience!  I hope you will join me in watching some or all of this conference live over the next couple of days.