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Congratulations Rockbridge Seminary

rockbridge (1) I have shared many times here that I love my seminary!  Not only do I love Rockbridge Seminary, but I'm extremely proud of my seminary as they have recently become officially accredited.  It was only a matter of time before this became official as it is overseen by an incredible team of leaders that continue to make this great seminary even better.

If you're considering a seminary education, I can't recommend Rockbridge enough.  I was in a great ministry role and didn't feel that I should leave to get trained to more effectively do what I was already doing.  I didn't have to.  Rockbridge came right alongside me right where I was and invested in me as a ministry leader.

For those who say it's just not personal enough, you really need to experience it.  Online education isn't for everyone, but it is for more than you think.  I grew closer to my online classmates who were all over the world than I ever did with the ones who sat next to me in my undergraduate program.  Give it a try and I think you will like what you experience!

Congrats Rockbridge Seminary and Rock'rs everywhere!

Virtual Book Tour

The Social Media Guide for Ministry is coming soon and we will be launching its release with a Virtual Book Tour.  For four days we will be hosting online training events for ministry leaders based on the core principles of the book.  Beginning Monday, March 4th we will have 3 sessions daily with a new topic each day.  Each session will last approximately 45 minutes and will include training from myself, interviews with ministry leaders and social media experts, and live chat Q & A. Here is a list of the days, times, and topics of the coming tour:

March 4th – Social Media Basics

In this session we will discuss the who, what, when, where, and why of Social Media.  We will get down to the basics of where you should begin or, perhaps, begin again.  Nils will also answer some FAQs when it comes to Social Media in Ministry.

Session Times: 9am, noon, 3pm Central Time

March 5th – Facebook Foundations

Facebook now has over 1 billion users worldwide which can provide great value to almost every ministry or waste a lot of time if you don’t know how to use the platform effectively.  Understanding the capabilities of this network, as well as developing a practical strategy, can translate to very valuable ministry.  Nils will share tips and tricks for using Facebook both personally and organizationally by sharing his personal experiences and how the Online Church Facebook page has grown to over 250,000 fans.

Session Times: 9am, noon, 3pm Central Time

March 6th – Twitter & 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 Times: 9am, noon, 3pm Central Time

March 7th- Blogging, Pinterest, and the Other Networks

Have you considered starting a blog?  Are you curious about Pinterest?  Want to know more about Google+, Instagram, FaithVillage, and several of the other networks that are out there?  In this session we will cover the basics of blogging by discussing various platforms, blogging topics, length of posts, etc.  We will also highlight the social network Pinterest as well as several other networks and why you should or should not use them.

Session Times: 9am, noon, 3pm Central Time

Partners:

We are honored to have some incredible ministry partners for this event.  If you are not already familiar with these great organizations, we encourage you to get to know them and the ministry work that they are doing.

Vanderbloemen Search Group

Media Social

Rockbridge Seminary

Group Publishing

OnlineChurch.com

FaithVillage 

Thank You Rockbridge Seminary

A couple of weeks ago I went up to Springfield, Missouri with Chris Tripputi to walk the stage after both completing our Masters in Ministry Leadership from Rockbridge Seminary.  It took us both about 3 years and it was an incredible journey!

I really can't recommend Rockbridge enough as it gave me the opportunity to attend seminary and apply the things that I learned immediately as I never had to leave my ministry position to attend seminary.  The classes were incredible, professors were fantastic, and the interaction with my classmates was amazing!  It was actually through my experience at Rockbridge that I began to dream about online ministry.  I found that through my interactions in my online courses I was growing incredibly through the program but I was also connecting with my classmates and professors much deeper than I ever had in an in person learning environment.  It is something I really cannot describe well enough and something you must experience to understand.

If you have every considered going to seminary, I hope you will give Rockbridge a try.  I have heard so many friends in ministry tell me that they earned a piece of paper from seminary and that they were challenged intellectually but not prepared to be a ministry leader.  That is sad to hear and I cannot imagine that you will ever hear that from a Rockbridge graduate.  If you have any questions about Rockbridge, please don't hesitate to ask!

Many friends and family members have asked "what's next?"  Many people get an education to prepare them for their dream job.  Since I already have my dream job, my plan is to continue to apply what I have learned at Rockbridge to the Online and Young Adult Ministries at Community Bible Church.  With my extra time I'm excited to be a little (okay a lot) more focused at home as a husband and father.  I'm a learner by nature though and I don't think my formal education will stop here.  I would love any recommendations that anyone might have!  Maybe an MBA or a DMin in the future?