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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!

Looking Forward to 2013

As I look forward to 2013, there are so many things that I look forward to!  Here are the first that come to mind: - Launch of the CBC Mobile App with iGivings

- Release of Social Media Guide for Ministry with Group

- Development of CommunityBible.com with Plain Joe Studios

- Expansion of Online Church with WebMinistry Team at CBC

- Leading App Session at All Access Conference

- Online Ministry Development for Life Without Limbs

As I look at this list of things that I'm excited about, it is often who I am/will be working with that gets me excited as what I will be doing.  I feel so blessed about the people God has allowed me to work alongside and feel so privileged to not just work with some of the most qualified people, but all are incredibly godly leaders as well.  It's going to be a good year!  As I know I will learn so much through these new experiences, I cannot wait to share them with you all and learn from you as well.

Bring on 2013!

 

Celebrating 2012

2012 was a great year for me personally.  I have a tendency to constantly look ahead and miss looking back and celebrating all that God has done.  Trust me, I'm looking ahead, but I do want to take a moment to celebrate some personal highlights of 2012: - Katie and I had our second daughter, Shelby

- My leadership at CBC was expanded joining the Executive Team as WebPastor

- Writing the Social Media Guide for Ministry and signing publishing contract with Group

- Consulting Opportunties with LifeWithout Limbs, St. Stephen Church, Japhet Builders, and several other great organizations

- Online Church Facebook Page reaching the milestone of 250,000 Facebook Likes

As I look at these highlights, I know that several came only by the favor of God in these situations and many also came with time sacrifices and lots of hard work.  There are so many great people involved in each of these, but there are 3 relationships in particular that I want to express my gratitude for in 2012:

1) My wife, Katie.  Katie is my biggest cheerleader and has encouraged me greatly throughout the journey.  Katie has remained flexible with the time sacrifices this year that we have needed to make and patient with the many late nights of 2012 due to a new baby and a new book.  I married way over my head and am so grateful for such an incredible wife!

2)  My boss, Chris.  Chris is the greatest leader I have ever had the privilege to serve under.  He does not just empower me to risk and try new things but challenges me to do so on a daily basis.  The past 2 and a half years have been incredible and my prayer is that God allows us many more years of locking arms together in ministry.  Chris is not just a good boss, but a great friend to me and my family.

3) My mentor, Trey.  Trey has taught me more than I can begin to describe about technology, leadership, innovation, and ministry.  Trey thinks differently than anyone that I have ever been around, which has helped me to grow more than I can explain.  Much of what I write about on this blog comes from core principles that I have learned from Trey.  His encouragement and belief in me has meant so much to these highlights in 2012.

Thank you Jesus for all of your many blessings that came in 2012!  I am blessed beyond belief.

Best of August 2012

Now that August 2012 is behind of I wanted to reshare 3 of the most popular posts from the month with you: Developing the Idea for a Book

Irrational Generosity

Signing my First Book Deal!

 

The Process of WRITING a Book

As I have shared previously, The Social Media Guide for Ministry did not begin as an idea for a book that would possibly be published.  It simply began as a Word Document that I hoped would develop into a resource for as many ministry leaders as possible. I got started by writing out the most frequently asked questions that I have heard regarding Social Media in Ministry as well as the Who, What, When, Where, and Why to Social Media in Ministry.  Leading up to writing this book I had primarily focused much of my efforts on communicating the Why trying to convince people to just use Social Media.  In creating this resource though, I felt that the readers were already convinced of the Why and were much more focused on the How.

Before getting to the How of Social Media in Ministry I knew that I must start by answering the What.  Ministry leaders need to really wrap their minds around the Social aspect of Social Media and begin to understand the various platforms and what makes them unique.

I created a very rough outline that I followed and continued to tweak it as I went.  I really just started typing with a lot of flexibility in my writing instead of a rigid structure.  Once I laid out the What is Social Media and the various networks I began the How of Social Media in Ministry.   In laying out the How I this led to the Where I would encourage the reader to start and What steps to take.  Bre’anna Emmitt described the book as a “Cookbook for using Social Media in Ministry” after reading it and I think she sums it up well with that description.

Growing up I was a Sports and Math kid and really wished I had paid much more attention in English class.  I likely broke so many formal writing rules when putting this together, but at the end of the day I can’t be more excited about the resource that has been created.  I definitely can’t take all of the credit on the writing side though as my sister, Becky Kiser, really helped clean up the flow of the book and my step mother, Robin Smith, cleaned up the grammar/formatting.  They are both far better writers than I am and I can’t be more grateful for their encouragement and support.

I am still in the middle of edits now with the team at Group Publishing and really exciting about working through this process.  It is also my plan to keep this book as a working document as Social Media is constantly changing and this resource will need to be updated regularly.

 

Other Posts in this series:

Signing my First Book Deal

Developing the IDEA for a Book

The Process of WRITING a Book

What Led to SIGNING a Book Deal