Ministry

Speaking at the Future of the Church Summit

I'm excited to announce that I will be speaking at the Future of the Church Summit in Loveland, Colorado this October! This has been an event that has intrigued me since I first heard about it and I'm excited to be participating alongside of my Dad. The event will be very conversational in nature and I would love for you to join me as we dream about the great opportunities ahead for the future of the church. 

Here are some of the things you will learn at the events:

  • Current trends in faith and religion in America

  • Why church attendance is declining and what can be done to reverse the trend

  • Different models for being the church

  • New approaches to ministry to reach the people not attending your church

The event is being held at Group Publishing's headquarters in Loveland, Colorado and one of the most beautiful places I've ever been with an incredible view of the mountains. I would sure love to see you there! To learn more about the event click the link below.

Creating Great Content for Snapchat

At the core of Snapchat are stories. Telling stories via video in short segments is key. This requires great creativity!  

As you think about what it is that you want to share, think about what it is that you want people to know about your church. Likely that includes: what is most important to your church (families, Bible study, missions, etc.), what are your worship experiences like (show clips of your music) and who is your Pastor.  

I might have already stepped on some toes, but I believe these are the stories that those not yet connected to your church want to hear. Great stories are powerful and raw. Share real stories of real people. Share music practices rather than just polished presentations. Show your pastor behind the scenes rather than just behind the pulpit. Tell the real story of your church.  

At the core of Snapchat are real stories. Not polished, highly edited, posed stories; but raw, real, and relevant stories that connect people the core of those they follow.

Snapchat might not feel intuitive to you at first, but as you get to know it you will begin to understand the raw beauty behind this social network and why young people are drawn to it.  

Oh, by the way, use filters. They might seem goofy, but they’re fun. People like fun!

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!

Book Tour - Twitter and YouTube Techniques

Twitter and YouTube can both be entertaining ways to pass time but did you know they can also be invaluable ministry tools?  Twitter is an incredibly unique network and requires a unique strategy to be used effectively.  YouTube is the #2 search engine on the internet with 800 million visitors each month so understanding the basics of this network and some video best practices can greatly enhance your ministry by reaching thousands online no matter your group’s size or budget. Session Interviews with Sean Cannell, creater of YouTube for Churches and Matthew Barnett, Pastor of Dream Center Los Angeles.

Twitter & Youtube Techniques - Social Media Guide For Ministry Day3 from Nils Smith on Vimeo.

If you have not purchased the Social Media Guide for Ministry you can find it on Amazon here.

If you have purchased and read the book if you would please leave a review on Amazon here.

If you have any questions about this session please leave a comment and I would love to answer any question that you might have.