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Thankful for Church Leaders Stepping Up

Last week I was catching up on old podcasts and listened to the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast recapping their first year of podcasting. In their discussion around technology and communications in the church William Vanderbloemen made a statement that from his perspective this is may be the one area where the church is not lagging behind the rest of culture.

While I might not fully agree with this statement, I do think it is worth celebrating how far church leaders have come when it comes to embracing new technologies and digital communication. Take a look at the App store and you will see the Bible app as one of the most downloaded apps along with countless church apps. There is even a Top Level Domain: .church that is becoming widely embraced by many churches!

5 years ago I felt like I had to beg pastors to pay attention to Facebook if they could get past laughing at me for even considering social media a legitimate ministry opportunity. Today, there is no selling the why of social media to church leaders as they are eager to dig into the how. We have come a long way and for that I’m grateful, optimistic and excited for the future!

What has led to this mass adoption and innovation in the church?

  • Strong Leaders Modeling the Way – Life.Church has no doubt led the way in both creating technology and modeling how to utilize it in the most effective and efficient ways
  • Efficient and Affordable Technologies – with Social Networks being free and website platforms like Wordpress and Squarespace coming along, churches have been able to access powerful and scalable technologies at a minimal cost
  • Pastors Willing to Adjust – I know this doesn’t sound like pastors historically, but when it comes to these new web technologies it seems that pastors are more and more willing to embrace and adjust.

As more leaders are stepping up to lead the way and more technologies are becoming readily available, I believe these opportunities will continue to grow exponentially as pastors are willing to adapt and adjust. In the coming years we will see Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence become a part of our everyday lives and it will be interesting to see how church leaders continue to embrace these developing technologies.

Let’s celebrate how far we have come together in embracing new technologies to further the mission of the church. Let’s not stop here though, we must press forward as our mission is great and the opportunities to accomplish this mission through emerging technologies is only growing!

Book Tour - Pinterest, Instagram, and Other Networks

Have you considered starting a blog?  Are you curious about Pinterest?  Want to know more about Google+, Instagram, FaithVillage, and several of the other networks that are out there?  In this session we will cover the basics of blogging by discussing various platforms, blogging topics, length of posts, etc.  We will also highlight the social network Pinterest as well as several other networks and why you should or should not use them. Session Interview with Kenny Jahng, Innovation Pastor at Liquid Church.

Instagram, Pinterest, and the Other Networks - Social Media Guide For Ministry Day 4 from Nils Smith on Vimeo.

If you have not purchased the Social Media Guide for Ministry you can find it on Amazon here.

If you have purchased and read the book if you would please leave a review on Amazon here.

If you have any questions about this session please leave a comment and I would love to answer any question that you might have.

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.

FaithVillage launches Online Bookstore

FaithVillage Bookstore
FaithVillage Bookstore

I love when great things get even better!  This just happened with FaithVillage as they recently launched their Online Bookstore with over 200,000 Christian titles!  FaithVillage provides an incredible platform with incredible content and interaction and now great resources as well.

As excited as I was to see this new addition to FaithVillage, I was extremely humbled to find that they chose to make the Social Media Guide for Ministry a top pick of the month as a part of the launch.  I have encouraged most people to purchase the book on Amazon, but if you haven't yet purchased the book the lowest price that you will find it anywhere is at FaithVillage for just $5.18 (35% savings).  Click here for the link to purchase.  I would also appreciate a review if you have already purchased and read!

Regardless, I hope you will head over to FaithVillage.com as there is some great Easter content and conversations going on now!

Thank you friends at FaithVillage for your friendship and creating such a great Kingdom resource!