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The Power of Belief and Investment

10 years ago I was a young ministry leader who knew everything. Luckily a large, growing church hired me to take them to the next level (that was my perspective) as their Jr. High Pastor. They truly believed in me and the Senior Pastor offered to meet with me weekly as a mentor. I agreed not because I was excited about it, but because he was my boss's boss's boss. During those sessions he spoke into my life and invested in me greatly. At the time I did not appreciate his belief and investment in me, but today see how much those conversations have shaped who I am today as a leader. Not only did he invest his time, but also gave me a book allowance and sent me to 5 conferences in 2 years. Then I left and he wasn't upset, but rather celebrated the new opportunity for me. Since that time God has humbled me greatly and continued to put great leaders around me like Kristen Jones, Hardy Clemons, and countless others who believed in me enough to invest time, energy, and resources into my leadership. Each of those investments have been critical to the leader I have become.

About a year ago my sister and brother-in-law made a unique investment in me that means more than they could know. They will probably be upset that I let anyone know, but I think it's important for you all to understand how meaningful belief and investment can be. They demonstrated their belief in me by purchasing an iPad and giving it to me as an investment in my ministry. They are not rich and I know the sacrifice they made to make this happen. It brings tears to my eyes even thinking about it and has continued to encourage me every time I use the iPad (which is every day).

Their demonstration of belief through that investment honestly inspired me to blog more, consult more intentionally, and write the Social Media Guide for Ministry. What they gave me as an investment went far beyond the physical resource of an iPad, but emotional encouragement that continues to push me forward each day as a ministry leader and innovator.

I hope you will consider who you might invest in as a leader and demonstrate your belief in them. Maybe the investment is time or maybe it is a physical resource like an iPad. Either way I believe it will be a great investment worth making that will reap fruits for years to come.

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


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