online ministry tool

rightnow Media Bible Study Library

For about a year I have been monitoring rightnow Media's Bible Study Library resource, but didn't feel like it was the right time to jump in until now.  To be honest, I waited too long.  I should have jumped in a year ago and would have saved our church financially locking in the price from a year ago and gotten this tool in the hands of our congregation even sooner.  Other than waiting too long, I have no regrets about jumping into rightnow Media's Bible Study library and can't be more excited! About a month ago we began pursuing this option pretty seriously and launched it to our congregation just this past week.  Generally when I release a new technology like this I get nervous about all of the email of technical difficulties and such.  My email did blow up this week, but with very few technical requests.  My email box was filled with thank you messages from congregants thrilled about this new tool.  Before I share more about what I love about the Bible Study Library, take a look at this video:

What an incredible tool rightnow has created for the church and at an affordable rate for EVERY church ( take a look at their pricing guide here)!  Here are some of the things that I really love about this resource:

  • Affordable- I don't know how much your church spends on curriculum, but this tool is not only affordable but will save us money immediately on curriculum expenses.
  • Quality Content- with 2,000+ videos in this library it is packed with quality content from a variety of great publishers.  We actually found that about 80% of our current dvd curriculum library that we have in our library at CBC are included in this video library.
  • Best Tech- the church often is behind when it comes to technology, but this tool truly utilizes the best in technology making videos available to everyone whether they are using a smart phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, or connected tv device.  It's awesome!
  • Availability- getting curriculum in the hands of our members can be very complicated and difficult for us and for them.  This tool truly makes these video resources available to our entire congregation both locally and globally at their convenience (and ours)!  
  • Ease of Use- almost everyone is used to Netflix and using this similar model makes it easy for just about everyone to use!
  • The People- as we researched this product and fell in love with it, we found that the people behind the product are even better than the product itself.  Steve Solstad and the others at rightnow are truly the best and passionate about resourcing the church!  
If you haven't yet checked out rightnow Media, I hope you won't wait any longer.

The iChurch Method v.2 by Jason Caston

I've thought about what book I would be interested in writing next and I'm going to have to keep thinking as Jason Caston has written what I would consider the best next step after the Social Media Guide for Ministry.  Jason discusses Social Media in this book, but goes far beyond Social Media getting into websites, mobile applications, online church, and so much more.  Take a look at this video:

Jason's book is packed with step by step practical application and the system is applicable for churches of any size or budget.  I really can't recommend this book more.

Check it out on Amazon here.

Facebook Session from the Virtual Book Tour

So I made a 1 character mistake which ended up being a pretty significant mistake. I promised those who purchased my book that I would send them links to view all of the sessions from the Virtual Book Tour On-Demand. This worked great except one of the links had one character missing. I tried to correct the issue as I received many emails about this issue and feel the best way to resolve is to share this session with everyone! I hope this training session on Facebook including my interview with Jason Caston encourages you and is a great resource for you and your ministry. Feel free to watch, share, or use however might be beneficial for you.

Facebook Foundations - Social Media Guide For Ministry Day 2 from Nils Smith on Vimeo.