online pastor

Book Tour - Online Church

Want to know more about Online Church?  Curious where to begin or where to go from where you are?  CBC Online launched in one week and so can your online ministry!  We will talk about not just how to broadcast your worship experiences, but organizing volunteers, online Bible studies, ministry follow up, etc.  Whether you are just curious or fully committed this session will be beneficial to your church/minitry to begin thinking differently about the possibilities online. Session Interview with Alan George, Church Online Pastor at LifeChurch.tv.

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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

New role as Social Media Pastor

I'm excited to announce that I am beginning a new journey tomorrow as the Social Media Pastor at Community Bible Church!  Katie and I are both incredibly excited about this opportunity and cannot wait to see how God moves through this new ministry role online.  CBC is an incredible church and we feel so blessed and honored to be a part of what God is doing through this congregation.  I recently read on ChurchRelevance.com that CBC is one of the top 10 churches in America to learn from in 2010.  I look forward to the opportunity of learning from the great leaders at Community Bible as well as being a part of leading this church in reaching, teaching, and helping people in Jesus name both in San Antonio and throughout the world!

About 6 months ago I made a HUGE ministry transition at Trinity Baptist Church out of Youth Ministry and into a role as College and Community Online Pastor.  After 10+ years in Youth Ministry it was a difficult transition to make emotionally, but exciting to be a part of developing this new aspect of the church.  It was an incredible experience highlighted by both the Baptist Standard and San Antonio Express News.  I will always be grateful to TBC for giving me such a wonderful ministry opportunity and will miss so many of the incredible people that I had the privilege of serving alongside.

As grateful as we are for the experiences behind us, it is the opportunity in front of us that we are so excited about.  I am so honored to be able to partner with incredible preachers and leaders in Chris Emmitt, John Valenzuela, and Robert Emmitt.  God has moved in powerful ways to impact so many lives in San Antonio through the ministry of Community Bible Church in their 20 year history reaching thousands every weekend.  I am excited to partner with the ministry team at CBC in breaking down the barriers of geography in launching Community Bible Church Online.  This past Monday in the first experimental service online there were hundreds who joined in on the the experience.  In the coming months and years it is our hope to impact thousands and potentially millions online from anywhere in the world thanks to the incredibly powerful resource of the internet.

If you have read this blog before you know how passionate I am about technology and the internet.  I have been especially drawn to Social Media and the powerful resource that we have in Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. in reaching people and building community.  If you don't read any other posts on this blog, I encourage to click here to read this post and watch the video.  Social Media is changing EVERYTHING and it's not going away anytime soon!  Social Media is quickly shrinking the globe and opening up incredible ministry opportunities that have never been possible before.

As I begin this new journey, I ask that you pray for God's blessing on this new ministry.  I also ask that you participate and partner with me by being a part of developing CBC Online.  We will be offering online worship experiences at various times every day of the week in the coming months.  I encourage you to find a time or times that work for you and experience worship online and share it with all of your Facebook friends and Twitter followers.  How about you try it tonight as we will be worshipping live online tonight at 7,8, and 9PM CST right here.