new technologies

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.

The Future of Books

I love to predict the future when it comes to technology.  I'm not always right, but I love the conversations and dreaming of what's possible.  With the speed of technology we no longer have to wait decades for these new technologies by often only a couple of years or maybe months.  Over the next few days I will look at several areas affected by technology and share my predictions and would love to hear yours.  Know that these are only my opinions and predictions and not fact. Let's start with books.  Since I just released my first book, I've been studying this quite a bit recently.  So what's my prediction?  Here you go: I think they're going digital.  Okay, I'm joking as this HUGE shift has already taken place and will continue to grow and expand.  Paper books will never go away, but will continue to diminish at a fast rate as more and more readers adjust to reading books digitally.  It's simply cheaper and faster making it more appealing to a greater mass.

The shift to digital continues to open up exciting opportunities to new authors in writing a book.  You no longer have to use a publisher to release a book or spend great amounts of money to print it.  You simply upload it to Amazon and the book is available to millions.  This shift is dramatically changing the publishing industry as your online platform to reach an audience as a publisher becomes far more important than your equipment to print in mass quality.

The next major shift that comes from books going digital is the opportunity for them to become social.  I love BookShout and the experience they have created allowing users to add friends and as they read books they can see the notes and highlights from their friends.  It's a digital book club and adds community to the reading experience.  I expect Amazon and others to catch on to this soon and create a similar experience on the Kindle and other reading applications.

What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree?  What do you see ahead for the future of books?

Resource the Resourcers

I must confess that I’m cheap.  I like free and discounted things and I’m often looking for a good deal.  I have found through my stinginess that little value in these discounted items and the most valuable things almost always come at a significant cost. Churches are often the worst at looking for the discount or freebie as we are functioning on ministry budgets.  I get it!  I do it.  I regret it.

I’ve learned more recently about church resources such as curriculum and technology resources.  Our churches rely heavily on these resources and if we’re honest they save us a ton of time and money.  Imagine if you had to create your entire curriculum in house or manage your church database and finances on Excel.  These are valuable resources that we need to expand with more curriculums to be created and new technologies to be developed.

I understand being a good steward and before trying to negotiate a better price, consider how much time or money you are saving by using the resource in comparison to not using it.  In my experience I have yet to find anyone getting rich creating resources for the Church.  Even if someone does I will praise God for him or her as I’m guessing they’ve created a pretty incredible resource for the Church.

Here’s the reality to church resources: they need our resources so that they can create more and better resources.  It’s really pretty simple.

Here’s what I want to encourage you to do: next time you are signing up for a new account or purchasing a set of curriculum instead of negotiating a lower price simply thank them for creating the resource and ask them how you can help them get better.  When they get better, WE get better!  That’s far more valuable than saving $50/month.