online lifegroups

iMinistry 2012 Notes

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I had a great time this past week at the iMinistry Conference at Lakepointe Church in Rockwall, TX.  I was honored to participate in several panel discussions alongside some incredible ministry leaders from around the country.  Here are my notes from several of the sessions:

Seth Farrior

- The internet is a tool

- The secret to "success" is intentionality.

- End goal is to get them connected in a physical church community.

- Online Campus experiences turnover every 6 months... and okay with that.

 

Guidelines to success:

1)   Be humble

2)   Be bold

3)   Be who God created you to be

 

"Our strengths are nothing more than how God chooses to use us for His Kingdom."

 

Small Groups

- Nate- 2 different kinds of small groups: chat based (after services), Adobe Connect (face to face)

- Jan- 7 Online Groups, all different.  Facebook Groups,

- a LifeGroup that just meets as a Facebook Group

- 2 sermon based studies

- Google + hangouts

- Content is a great challenge

- one content possibility: RightNow Media

- Lecture base online kills it... quickly! - Nate

- Just because you get a no doesn't mean it will always be a no.

- chatzy- chat room program used for LifeGroups

 

Volunteers

- Identify volunteers by monitoring the chat and various Social Media tools- Oscar

- Best volunteers come from Online

- Use Zoom to connect with volunteers

- Best volunteers are not always techy IT people

- Jason Morris- incorporate the value of "fun"

- "slide ruler" - interactive slides

- "chat artist" - host

- "prayer ninja" - prayer warrior

- "twitter sniper" -

- "experience captain" - oversees the entire experience and team

- What someone else is doing in their context, may not work in yours. - Jan Touchberry

- Set up area in lobby for volunteers so physical campus can see online campus.

- Question: What are you doing to invest in your leaders?

 

Learn to be sensitive the the Spirit and listen to your volunteers.  2 ears, 1 mouth, use in the proportion. - Oscar

- Help people to tell their story.

- freeconferencecall.com for volunteer meetings

- Pray for volunteers

- Have job descriptions written on paper

 

 

Measuring Success

How do you count?

- LifeChurch.tv- counts unique visitors

- Westside Family- uniques

- Seacoast- time on site/video length (7 minutes)

 

track as much as possible: unique visits, return visits, time on page, where people come from, giving...

 

LifeChurch.tv Campus tier

Tier 1- new campus not self supporting

Tier 2- self supporting

Tier 3- giving back and supporting new campuses

 

Bring in, Build Up, Train, Send Out- LifeChurch.tv Discipleship Process

Seeker, Believer, Follower, Leader- Westside Discipleship Process

 

Giving Options

- Service U

- Secure Give

 

Share your story and people will follow that vision

 

 

Alan George Interview

- Ministry is not something we do, but who we are.  Cannot compartmentalize ministry.

- How many staff for Church Online? 6 looking for 7

- Use scrum to interface with staff

- Always ask what can I do to break through the next barrier?

- Not about thinking outside of the box, but thinking within restraints.

- Is your model scalable?

- Church Online Roadshow- visiting each campus promoting Church Online and recruiting volunteers

- What's Next?  Church working together to lead the way with technology and innovation

 

Priorities:

1)   Invest in Staff Team

2)   Analytics

3)   Communication

Introducing Church Web Tools

Screen shot 2012-08-04 at 6.12.59 PM A couple months ago at CBC Online we were looking for a simple LifeGroup Finder for our LifeGroups Online and could not find an affordable solution that would work for us.  I went through the popular solutions out there and they honestly did too much and definitely costed too much.  We needed a simple solution and Church Web Tools proved to be the perfect fit.

I randomly came across Church Web Tools through a Google search and when testing it quickly became a fan.  It's a simple, very affordable, and fairly flexible solution.  The finder is easily embedded as a Facebook App or can also easily be added to your site as a Shadowbox pop out.  One feature that we are not able to use that is very cool is the map functionality so that people can find a physical group near their home.

Since adding the LifeGroup App to CBC Online, I'm looking to add the Prayer Request module next.  It's actually their featured Application, but we wanted to try out the LifeGroup Finder first.

If you're looking for a solution for either a LifeGroup finder or Prayer Request module, I highly recommend you checking out Church Web Tools.  The guys are fantastic to work with and you won't be disappointed with their product.