ministry technology

3 Tips to Crushing Twitter

I want you to crush Twitter!  While there’s no shortcut around creating great tweets, scheduling content, and engaging socially on this platform’ there are some best practices that I think can help you focus your hustle.  Here are 3 tips that I recommend you integrating into your strategy:

  1. Use Images – the stats don’t lie: tweets with images receive 150% more retweets.  Adding images to tweets naturally helps capture more attention in the Twitter feed.  While this can be time consuming, adding these simple graphics can add high value to your most critical tweets that you want your followers to notice and hopefully retweet.
  2. Reply with Videos – video integration is a fairly new feature, but when used effectively can add a wow factor to your Twitter engagement.  Think about this: someone tweets a sermon quote and tags your church. On Monday morning the Pastor replies in a video tweet saying thanks for coming to church and sharing this tweet.  Big time wow factor for both the individual that tweeted and for all of their followers. I bet you would start seeing a lot more tweets about church this way as well!
  3. Use Search.Twitter.com – there is so much you can find using this powerful search tool.  If you do nothing else though search this every week “moving to ______” (input the name of you city in the blank).  As you see people moving to your city welcome them to the city and ask them if there is anything you can do to help them in their transition. This wow factor will definitely peak their interest in checking out the church that sought them out in this unique way.

I hope these help! What other tips would you recommend to other church or ministry leaders looking to crush Twitter?

Does Your Church need a 3D Printer?

Let me be very clear as I start this post: Your church DOES NOT NEED a 3D printer. 

However, I do believe that your church can begin using a 3D Printer today and I do believe that almost every church in America will have a 3D Printer in the next 5 years. 

Many of you might be asking: what the heck is a 3D printer and why would I need it? For the most part a 3D printer is a device where you can create a 3-Dimensional object on your computer and print it out in plastic. For instance, you can design and create a cup and simply print it out or instead of buying a toy for your kids you simply download the template and print it out. It’s hard to imagine, but this is already possible and already happening. 

I was first introduced to a 3D printer at a hackathon a couple years ago where one of the developers proposed solving clean water issues by sending a 3D printer to a region and developing a template for water filters that can be printed out in masses locally. In this scenario greater efficiencies can be created in development and shipping. Who could have even dreamed this possible just a couple years ago, but today this is very much a realistic possibility. 

So, what can your church do with a 3D printer? It’s hard to imagine right now, but here are a few ideas that come to mind:

  • Kids Ministry supplies – instead of buying craft supplies, just print them
  • Sermon Illustrations- ever sent an intern on a crazy hunt for a random sermon illustration item? No need to any more, as you can likely just print the visual.
  • Facility Needs – need a new door handle or random plumbing piece?  No need to run to the store as you can simply print the item you need. 

I know it sounds silly right now, but this technology is real and developing fast. My guess is that in the next 5 years you will see one of these devices in almost every church that currently has a paper printer in their building as well as every home. 

I get excited for my kids to be able to create just about anything they could dream up. All I got to do when I was a kid was take things apart or create with the limits of my lego set. New technologies like this remove limits that have always existed and open up opportunities that we’ve never even dreamed about.

What opportunities do you see around 3D printers and the church?

Talking New Technology & The Church at i4j LIVE

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Hey everyone, I’m excited to announce that I will be participating in an online show: Innovate for Jesus Live.  The live broadcast will be held this Tuesday, September 2, (11 PDT/ 2 EDT) on http://www.i4j.org/2014/new-technology-and-the-church-live-september-2/. Along with Jason Caston of iChurch Methods and Rich Birch of UnSeminary and Liquid Church and I4J host Justin Blaney, we’ll be discussing new technologies for sharing timeless truth.

If you are not yet familiar with Jason and Rich here is a little bit about my fellow guests:

Jason Caston

 is speaker, trainer, programmer, and author of 

The iChurch Method Series

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  Additionally, he is also the Internet Church, Digital Platform, Internet Church, and Innovation Specialist at 

T.D. Jakes Ministries.

Rich Birch serves as Operations Pastor at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. He blogs at unSeminary.com and is a sought after speaker and consultant on multisite, pastoral productivity and communications. More from Rich Birch at www.unseminary.com.

You can join the conversation around this event before, during or after the event on Twitter using the hashtag #I4JLIVE.