You Version

Thank You

For years I watched from afar in amazement at how they constantly innovated and pioneered new ministry opportunites.  I was also blown away by their generosity as they always gave so much away.  While in Student Ministry I can't tell you how many times I was in a pinch trying to pull together a message and I was able to deliver something much better by using one of the Student Ministry teaching videos that made available for FREE!  

Today, I'm beyond honored to not only watch from afar in amazement at how God continues to expand their impact and influence, but I'm able to experience it first hand as I have gotten to know the leadership at and to be able to call them friends and partners in ministry.  The example that they have set and the personal investment that they have made in me has been an incredible blessing in my ministry and leadership.  I cannot begin to describe how much these leaders have shaped me as a leader through the years.

If you're not familiar with their FREE resources for Churches, please check out these links:

  • Church Online Platform - a FREE online platform for churches to host their online services
  • Church Metrics - a fantastic tool for tracking attendance, salvations, giving, etc.
  • Develop.Me - a great tool to develop church staff members
  • Open - packed with great resources from sermon messages, kids and student resources, leadership training, small group materials and so much more!

Oh yeah, and when they're not busy creating resources for church leaders, they're working on YouVersion!  Likely half of your congregation is using this app each weekend alongside 160 million other people who have downloaded this Bible app.  It truly is incredible all that God is using and how He is blessing their generosity!

Yesterday, I was privileged to experience another generous offering from a couple of key leaders at - their time.  This is probably the most valuable resource that anyone can offer.  While they were in New York, they simply opened up a 2 hour block of time for church leaders to simply come and ask questions as well as make requests for future resource developments.  The conversation was so inspiring and encouraging to myself and I know the other leaders who were privileged to participate.

Thank you for all that you do for churches everywhere, for the investment you have made in me over the years and for the time that you shared yesterday.  I am grateful!


Sneak Peek at the Book Cover

I wanted you to be one of the first to see the cover of the Social Media Guide for Ministry. The book will be a quick read at just 80 pages filled with practical application and will be available March 1, 2013 in both print and digital formats. Stay tuned for more information coming soon! 9780764498893

Digital Missions

I know almost half of my posts are about, but the reality is that they are leading the way in the areas of ministry that I am so passionate about.  I was checking out their new website and was fascinate by the first "Cause" that they highlighted as part of their Missions: "Digital Missions".  They explained that at a cost of about 6 cents per person touched they reached 1,286, 893 people through Church Online, You Version, and OPEN resources. Here is what they say about Digital Missions:

"God has led us to leverage every technology tool without our grasp to spread His truth and love."

This is extremely outside of the box for most of us, but the reality is that is reaching millions because on mission where no one else was: online.  Many others are now following and millions more need to be and will be reached through "Digital Missions".