Robert Emmitt

A New Season for the Smith Family

I’m excited to share with you that our family is moving into a new season. After 6 incredible years at Community Bible Church in San Antonio and 2 adventurous years in New York City, our family will be moving to Dallas, Texas. I have accepted a position as the Vice President of Social Media and Innovation at Dunham and Company (the picture above is my signing the offer sheet about a week ago). All of my consulting work and clients through Amplify Social Media will merge into my role with Dunham and Company.

I first met Trent Dunham (Senior Vice President at Dunham and Company) 18 months ago in Fresno, California where we were both speaking at an Invictus Global event. There was a natural affinity and mutual respect for the unique Kingdom work that we were both doing. Over the past 18 months I got to know Dunham and Company much better and watched their Kingdom impact and influence continue to grow at an incredible rate. While their company was growing they continued to spend time investing into me as a leader and speaking into my growing business.

As Amplify Social Media has also continued to grow and their need for social media support has become greater, it became clear that we needed to find opportunities to overlap. Quickly in those conversations it became natural to begin thinking about how we might increase impact by serving ministries together as one rather than apart.  When asked if I would rather continue to function independently or merge my company into Dunham and Company it was a no brainer. Without hesitation I jumped at this opportunity to better serve ministries as a part of Dunham and Company letting go of the business functions and focusing on the service provided to our ministry clients.

This exciting development requires 2 big changes for our family:

  1. Moving to Dallas, Texas to join the team at Dunham and Company’s headquarters and

  2. Transitioning out of my role at Community Bible Church as Innovation Pastor

The second was the harder decision as we have been so deeply invested in the ministry of Community Bible Church. Robert and Chris Emmitt first empowered me 6 years ago to launch the ministry of Online Church and since that day we’ve reached more than 2.5 million people together from more than 200 different countries and territories. Our Facebook page alone is touching more than 3 million people a week and we have thousands connected in discipleship based Online Small Groups. I could list out the highlights of the past 6 years, but it’s the people that I have been privileged to work alongside on a daily basis that I will miss the most. The Innovation Team at Community Bible Church has been second to none as they have pushed the limits of technology constantly looking for new, efficient and effective ways to reach, teach and help people in Jesus’ name. They have followed my leadership as chaotic as it might have seemed at times and pioneered new ministry opportunities through new technology developments. I’m incredibly proud of the work we were able to accomplish together and humbled to have had the privilege to lead this team. Beyond this team though are the thousands of church members, ministry volunteers and other staff members that I have had the privilege of serving alongside. I will miss you all tremendously.

It has been the most incredible experience to serve under the leadership of Robert Emmitt, Trey Moore and Chris Emmitt. These humble leaders have taught me so much and invested into me as a leader in ways that I cannot begin to describe. Saying thank you doesn't even begin to communicate the depth of my gratitude.

So, what will I do as the VP of Social Media and Innovation at Dunham and Company? I will continue to do what I have been doing serving ministries and coming alongside them to maximize ministry impact through social media and Innovative new technologies. When it comes to social media we will help ministries develop an optimal strategy for greatest impact, develop content and distribution systems, support through empowered response teams, and measure success through ongoing analytics reports and social media audits. Beyond social media we want to support our clients through other new media engagement opportunities such as podcasting, live streaming, Virtual Reality, webinar management, and more.

Bottom line, if you want to utilize social media and new technologies for maximum Kingdom impact, I want to help. If you have questions about what we do and how we can help, just ask. Simply go to my Contact page and send me a message. I would love to dialogue about whatever your need or desire might be.

 

To learn more about Dunham and Company go to http://DunhamandCompany.com.

 

Welcome to CBC, Ed Newton!

I cannot tell you how excited I am to introduce you to our new Lead Pastor at Community Bible Church, Ed Newton. I met Ed about 4 years ago when he came to speak at CBC’s Mancation Retreat. I actually take pride in “finding” Ed as a friend had recommended him as a gifted communicator and as I heard him speak online I immediately shared the links with Chris Emmitt.  It wasn’t much more than a month or two later that I met Ed at the San Antonio airport. I guess you can say, “we met on the internet.” That actually happens to me a lot.

Ed wasn’t what you would typically expect for a preacher getting off of a plane. He was wearing long basketball shorts, a tank top and flat-billed cap with hair down to his shoulders. It didn’t take much more than 30 seconds after meeting Ed that I felt like his best friend and just wanted to hear more of his stories and thoughts on life and ministry.

He, Chris Emmitt and I went to lunch, played some basketball and began the drive to the middle of nowhere where we almost ran out of gas at one point. We had an adventure to say the least. It was entertaining to see the men first notice Ed with somewhat of a look of shock when the skater kid was handed the microphone. Again, it didn’t take Ed much more than 30 seconds to have the 500+ men gathered fully attentive to every word.

The depth of Ed’s message combined with his relevant communication style and genuine care and passion immediately engages anyone who hears him speak. I don’t use this word often, but Ed is truly an anointed communicator of the Gospel.

A little more than a month ago I got a call from my friend and pastor, Robert Emmitt, asking me what I thought about Ed Newton coming to Community Bible Church and transition into our Lead Pastor role. I had the same response that Robert tells me most others have had as well that know Ed, extreme excitement!

 

So, in case you have not heard, Ed Newton will be transitioning in as the new Lead Pastor at Community Bible Church in San Antonio and Robert Emmitt will be transitioning into his new role as Pastor Emeritus.

Ed is a visionary leader with a deep anointing as a Gospel communicator to lead the church as One House from the pulpit and send them out into the world on mission. Over the past couple of weeks as we have prepared for this transition it becomes more and more clear that God has been preparing both Ed and CBC for such a time as this. I believe with great confidence that Ed is God’s anointed leader for this next season of Community Bible Church’s history and our best days lie ahead!

So, the question that you are likely thinking: what’s Robert going to do? Well, this is the great part. Robert’s not going anywhere! He is staying at CBC as the Pastor Emeritus and will be marrying, burying, preaching as needed and volunteering where wanted. For those of you who are Community Bible Church members you will likely see Robert all of the time in his familiar role on stage preaching as well as other less familiar roles like greeting at doors, having fun at VBS or swinging on ropes at camp. Maybe the swinging on ropes isn’t so unfamiliar.

If you are a church leader you might be pessimistic about this transition and if this can really work. To be honest, at most churches I don’t think it could. At Community Bible Church I believe it will for one key reason: humility. Robert Emmitt and Ed Newton are the two must humble leaders I have ever been around. These two men have been so uniquely gifted as leaders and communicators where pride could easily entangle them. That is not the case and as they both continue to lead with great humility. Out of that humility and mutual respect for each other and their new leadership roles I believe God will do a greater work than we have ever seen.

Ed, welcome to Community Bible Church and San Antonio! You’re going to love the Spurs, the Rodeo, Shamu and Mexican food! San Antonio is said to be the biggest city that feels like a small town as everyone is so friendly. More than this great city, you’re going to love Community Bible Church. This church is filled with some of the most generous, loving, servant hearted individuals I have had the privilege of doing life with. I am so excited about locking arms with you and pursuing the Great Commission through the Great Commandment together!  

To learn more about Ed Newton and this transition at CBC click the button below! 

Celebrating 5 Years at Community Bible Church

It's hard to believe that it's been 5 years since I first joined the staff at Community Bible Church!  5 years ago I had an unexpected lunch with Robert Emmitt and Chris Emmitt, which quickly led to a 90 day contract to launch an experiment called CBC Online.  90 days later I had a full-time job and the adventure began!  

As I look back over the past 5 years here are some of the highlights that stand out to me:

Honestly, I could go on and on as it's overwhelming to look back on all that God has done over the past 5 years.  I can without hesitation say that I am a different leader and a different man because of my time at Community Bible Church.  That has far less to do with the things I have done than it does with the people I have done it with.  The church staff at CBC is second to none and the privilege to lock arms with these servant leaders has been an incredible blessing.  As I look at the staff I have been privileged to lead on the Innovation team, I am so humbled as they have so passionately served the church and followed my lead while working behind the scenes so diligently.  More than anyone else, I have been most impacted by these three leaders that I have served under:

  1. Robert Emmitt (Lead Pastor) first entrusted me and empowered me.  He allowed me to lead while clearly casting vision and direction and making sure I had the resources needed to thrive.  His encouragement and motivation have inspired so many of our initiatives over the past 5 years.  Robert has taught me how to move fast and remain flexible while staying focused on the mission God has called us to.
  2. Chris Emmitt (Executive Pastor) has directly led me and supported me beyond what any leader could ever dream possible.  Chris has pushed me outside of my comfort zone and helped me see a bigger picture of ministry opportunities that I often missed because I was lost in the technology.  There is no one in this world that I enjoy white board ministry dreaming conversations with than Chris Emmitt!
  3. Trey Moore (Elder) has mentored me in more ways than I can describe.  Between early morning breakfast meetings or late night conversations after basketball, Trey has taught me so much about technology, innovation, leadership, and family.  Watching Trey lead with such passion and humility has been the greatest model that I could follow to lead innovation at CBC.  

One individual that I can't leave out from mentioning is Sean Metcalf (Education Pastor) who has been the greatest friend and partner in ministry than I can begin to describe.  From countless lunches to the quick pick me ups in the hall, Sean's constant encouragement has meant so much over 5 years.  We couldn't be much more different from our personalities, our outward appearance, and the technologies that we prefer (Sean uses a Dell without complaining).  Despite our personal differences our ministry minds couldn't be any more aligned and it's been an honor to serve alongside Sean for the past 5 years.

The great news is, it's only been 5 years and I believe we're only getting started!  I might be living in New York for this season, but my commitment and love for Community Bible Church is no less than it has ever been as I continue to serve the church with my whole heart and believe our best days are ahead!  I'm humbled by all that God has allowed for me to do, but I'm most focused and excited about the next 5 years and all I'm believing God to do!  

 

Introducing OnlineChurch.com

Screen shot 2012-10-16 at 5.34.16 PM I'm excited to announce to you that CBC Online has a new home at  OnlineChurch.com!  God has greatly blessed this ministry over the past couple of years and most recently with the opportunity to obtain the domain "OnlineChurch.com."   Mycbconline.com has served our ministry well, but we feel as if  "OnlineChurch.com" will open more opportunities to fulfill our mission to Reach, Teach, and Help people in Jesus’ name.  Mycbconline.com will continue to work as it always has but will serve as a forwarding tool rather than a landing page.  From our Facebook posts, tweets, emails, and all future communication we will be referring to our online platform as Online Church or OnlineChurch.com. We are beyond excited about this new name and new chapter in our ministry and truly feel as if God is at the center of this shift.  It is our prayer that this new domain will make it even easier for you to invite others to join you in worshipping with friends online from all over the world!  We would love for you to celebrate with us tonight starting at 7:00pm (CDT) as we gather for worship and relish in the joy that stems from being in fellowship with one another.  

We look forward to what God has in store for us down the road and walking hand in hand with each of you.  Again, welcome to the new OnlineChurch.com!

The Best is Yet to Come!