Thankful for Church Leaders Stepping Up

Last week I was catching up on old podcasts and listened to the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast recapping their first year of podcasting. In their discussion around technology and communications in the church William Vanderbloemen made a statement that from his perspective this is may be the one area where the church is not lagging behind the rest of culture.

While I might not fully agree with this statement, I do think it is worth celebrating how far church leaders have come when it comes to embracing new technologies and digital communication. Take a look at the App store and you will see the Bible app as one of the most downloaded apps along with countless church apps. There is even a Top Level Domain: .church that is becoming widely embraced by many churches!

5 years ago I felt like I had to beg pastors to pay attention to Facebook if they could get past laughing at me for even considering social media a legitimate ministry opportunity. Today, there is no selling the why of social media to church leaders as they are eager to dig into the how. We have come a long way and for that I’m grateful, optimistic and excited for the future!

What has led to this mass adoption and innovation in the church?

  • Strong Leaders Modeling the Way – Life.Church has no doubt led the way in both creating technology and modeling how to utilize it in the most effective and efficient ways
  • Efficient and Affordable Technologies – with Social Networks being free and website platforms like Wordpress and Squarespace coming along, churches have been able to access powerful and scalable technologies at a minimal cost
  • Pastors Willing to Adjust – I know this doesn’t sound like pastors historically, but when it comes to these new web technologies it seems that pastors are more and more willing to embrace and adjust.

As more leaders are stepping up to lead the way and more technologies are becoming readily available, I believe these opportunities will continue to grow exponentially as pastors are willing to adapt and adjust. In the coming years we will see Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence become a part of our everyday lives and it will be interesting to see how church leaders continue to embrace these developing technologies.

Let’s celebrate how far we have come together in embracing new technologies to further the mission of the church. Let’s not stop here though, we must press forward as our mission is great and the opportunities to accomplish this mission through emerging technologies is only growing!

Thank You PushPay

This past week I had the privilege of presenting at the eChurch Summit at Disneyland Hotel hosted by PushPay. Prior to this event I was already a big fan of PushPay and had helped several churches connect with their outstanding online giving solution. I had met several of the company’s team members over the past few years, but it wasn’t until this week that I felt like I really understood who PushPay is as a company.

Participating in the eChurch Summit truly sits at the top of the list of ministry highlights that I have experienced over the past 15 years. For that, I want to say Thank You PushPay.

Thank you for your INCREDIBLE HOSPITALITY. Your team was incredibly personal and professional in all preparations leading up to the conference. Your team even coordinated our delayed flights beautifully and rolled out the red carpet for my family when we arrived. If that wasn’t enough, the hospitality at the event was over the top in helping me find the right rooms, sit in the right seats and even stay caffeinated throughout. I was blown away and know that this level of hospitality is a core to who PushPay is as a company and how I know you serve the ministries that use PushPay.

Thank you for INVESTING IN CHURCH LEADERS. It would be easy for you to focus on just the product offerings that you provide, but you do not stop there. You have seen the need to invest in the church around the 3 key areas of Leadership, Communication and Technology. I can’t agree more in this need and appreciate that you are making both the time investment and financial investment in leading these conversations. The structure of this conference and the voices that you brought to the table were second to none. Seriously, you brought in John Maxwell, Sean Cannel and Bob Goff along with so many others! By the way, the VIP Dinner was the highlight of the conference for me and allowing me the time to personally invest in about 20 leaders in such a unique was really special. I hope those leaders got as much out of that time together as I did.

Thank you for LEADING INNOVATION. I don’t think anyone will argue that the church has too often received the leftovers when it comes to technology. That is no longer the case when it comes to online giving and PushPay has created a giving experience and now also a mobile app experience that is better than anything available in any sector. I’m so grateful for the investment that you are making in building a team of more than 100 developers who are continuing to push the limits of technology for the sake of the Kingdom.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

For any church or ministry leaders out there who are looking for a mobile app and online giving solution, I can’t encourage you enough to check out eChurch Giving today.

By the way, the dates for next year’s conference are set for February 13-15, 2018. If I were you I would put those dates on the calendar now and plan to bring your team out to Disneyland Hotel for an experience that will be transformative for your church. They have already announced the following speakers are locked in to participate: Seth Godin, Erwin McManus and Steven Furtick.