Web Ministry

Life Without Limbs Announcement

I'm continually humbled by the doors God continues to open in ministry and the great leaders I'm privileged to serve alongside.  I cannot be more excited to announce that I have most recently come alongside Nick Vujicic and the ministry team at Life Without Limbs as a consultant and adviser. My primary focus as the WebPastor at Community Bible Church will not change and the leadership at my church has been so generous and flexible to allow me opportunities such as these to take my learnings from Online Church and use them to invest in other ministries as well.  I will be working with Life Without Limbs alongside my good friends at PlainJoe Studios and iGivings in development of a new website, launch of a mobile app, Social Media strategy, and all things Online Ministry.  I look forward to sharing with you my experiences in this role and all of my learnings along the way.

If you're not already familiar with Nick Vujicic and Life Without Limbs take a look at this video:

By the way, Nick just released his new book Unstoppable that recently made the New York Times bestseller list.  Get your copy now!

My New Job

A little more than 2 years ago I came on staff at Community Bible Church on a trial basis to launch CBC Online.  The "trial" quickly ended and the ministry grew faster than anyone could have imagined possible.  I also have had the privilege of serving as the Interim Young Adult Pastor for about a year as well which was a great opportunity working alongside Chris Emmitt and Phil Vega with Two42. One of the exciting things about working at CBC is that things are always changing and you're never really able to get too comfortable with what you're doing.  About two weeks ago I was offered a new opportunity at CBC to join the Executive Team and expand my role becoming the WebPastor.  This is an exciting new role to really expand what I was doing with CBC Online (now Online Church) creating a seamless approach to everything we do as a church online.

I of course accepted and we began moving forward with our new web strategy.  We will be partnering with Plain Joe Studios tapping into their expertise when it comes to strategy, design, and development.  They will begin building our core web presence at CommunityBible.com and helping to provide a seamless flow from that site to all other online platforms including Social Networks, Online Church, and the development of a mobile App.

Speaking of a mobile app, we have also entered into an agreement with iGivings in the development of the first CBC App.  This is an exciting partnership to work with the great people at iGivings and develop a mobile app with incredible functionality for users on the go or while they sit in church.  We have looked at many mobile app possibilities over the past two years, but the situation was never right and immediately after connecting with iGivings it was a natural fit to partner with their great team of developers expanding our ministry to a native mobile app.

I can't be more excited about this new opportunity and the privilege that I have to lead these new ministry efforts at CBC.  I'm humbled to be trusted with such a task and honored to serve such a great church under such great leadership.  I will look forward to sharing with you our learnings as we take our next steps and see where God leads us in the coming months and years.

The Future of Online Church

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I'm always asking the question: What's Next?  Since the iMinistry Conference I especially have been asking this question in regards to the future of Online Church.  The vision that I had for 2 years ago looks much different today, and my guess is that it will look much different 2 years from now.  Technology moves fast and we must always keep looking ahead and never get comfortable.

2 years ago I constantly looked at what we do on our physical church campus and tried to figure out how that could translate to our online church.  These were healthy questions and we have done some great things offering Online Worship services and Online LifeGroups just like we do on our physical campus.

Here is the question we are beginning to ask: what can we do online that we can not do on our physical campus?  We don't necessarily have these answers yet, but in asking this question we have developed a new strategy to how we look at our Online Church platform that has been a foundational shift for us:

Our online video content should combine the principles of broadcast television with the purposes of the Church maximizing the interactivity of Social Media.

This is a big shift from what can we video tape on our physical church campus and broadcast on our online church platform?

Here are some of the adjustments we have made recently:

1) 30 minute worship services- our online attention span is shorter and tv networks have found a great system in 30 minute time slots.

2) Less music- we found that people like the worship music, but don't engage well online with a full worship set.

3) Preaching directly to the camera (and shorter messages)- this has probably been the biggest game-changer for us and I can't be more grateful to our preaching pastors for making this commitment to preach an additional (shorter) message directly to our online community.

4) Creating elements in our video content that encourages interaction/engagement via Social Media.  Using the Media Social platform that integrates seamlessly with Facebook has been key for us.

I would love to hear what you see ahead for the future of Online Church and where you might agree or disagree with what we are doing with OnlineChurch.com.