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Celebrating 2012

2012 was a great year for me personally.  I have a tendency to constantly look ahead and miss looking back and celebrating all that God has done.  Trust me, I'm looking ahead, but I do want to take a moment to celebrate some personal highlights of 2012: - Katie and I had our second daughter, Shelby

- My leadership at CBC was expanded joining the Executive Team as WebPastor

- Writing the Social Media Guide for Ministry and signing publishing contract with Group

- Consulting Opportunties with LifeWithout Limbs, St. Stephen Church, Japhet Builders, and several other great organizations

- Online Church Facebook Page reaching the milestone of 250,000 Facebook Likes

As I look at these highlights, I know that several came only by the favor of God in these situations and many also came with time sacrifices and lots of hard work.  There are so many great people involved in each of these, but there are 3 relationships in particular that I want to express my gratitude for in 2012:

1) My wife, Katie.  Katie is my biggest cheerleader and has encouraged me greatly throughout the journey.  Katie has remained flexible with the time sacrifices this year that we have needed to make and patient with the many late nights of 2012 due to a new baby and a new book.  I married way over my head and am so grateful for such an incredible wife!

2)  My boss, Chris.  Chris is the greatest leader I have ever had the privilege to serve under.  He does not just empower me to risk and try new things but challenges me to do so on a daily basis.  The past 2 and a half years have been incredible and my prayer is that God allows us many more years of locking arms together in ministry.  Chris is not just a good boss, but a great friend to me and my family.

3) My mentor, Trey.  Trey has taught me more than I can begin to describe about technology, leadership, innovation, and ministry.  Trey thinks differently than anyone that I have ever been around, which has helped me to grow more than I can explain.  Much of what I write about on this blog comes from core principles that I have learned from Trey.  His encouragement and belief in me has meant so much to these highlights in 2012.

Thank you Jesus for all of your many blessings that came in 2012!  I am blessed beyond belief.

Where I'm Learning

I believe strongly that leaders are learners.  We all learn in many ways both from experience as well as from other leaders and innovators via many different platforms.  I receive the question often of where I am learning and ask it even more.  I will likely make this a monthly post and look forward to hearing your responses as well.  Here are some of the key places I go to learn currently: Books

Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley

Platform by Michael Hyatt

The iChurch Method by Jason Caston

 

Magazines:

Fast Company

Outreach

Church Executive

 

Blogs:

Michael Hyatt

Mashable

Ed Stetzer

 

Podcasts:

Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast

Social Media Church with DJ Chuang

Catalyst Podcast

 

So where are you going to learn and grow as a leader? Any of these same places? I would love to know!

My New Job

A little more than 2 years ago I came on staff at Community Bible Church on a trial basis to launch CBC Online.  The "trial" quickly ended and the ministry grew faster than anyone could have imagined possible.  I also have had the privilege of serving as the Interim Young Adult Pastor for about a year as well which was a great opportunity working alongside Chris Emmitt and Phil Vega with Two42. One of the exciting things about working at CBC is that things are always changing and you're never really able to get too comfortable with what you're doing.  About two weeks ago I was offered a new opportunity at CBC to join the Executive Team and expand my role becoming the WebPastor.  This is an exciting new role to really expand what I was doing with CBC Online (now Online Church) creating a seamless approach to everything we do as a church online.

I of course accepted and we began moving forward with our new web strategy.  We will be partnering with Plain Joe Studios tapping into their expertise when it comes to strategy, design, and development.  They will begin building our core web presence at CommunityBible.com and helping to provide a seamless flow from that site to all other online platforms including Social Networks, Online Church, and the development of a mobile App.

Speaking of a mobile app, we have also entered into an agreement with iGivings in the development of the first CBC App.  This is an exciting partnership to work with the great people at iGivings and develop a mobile app with incredible functionality for users on the go or while they sit in church.  We have looked at many mobile app possibilities over the past two years, but the situation was never right and immediately after connecting with iGivings it was a natural fit to partner with their great team of developers expanding our ministry to a native mobile app.

I can't be more excited about this new opportunity and the privilege that I have to lead these new ministry efforts at CBC.  I'm humbled to be trusted with such a task and honored to serve such a great church under such great leadership.  I will look forward to sharing with you our learnings as we take our next steps and see where God leads us in the coming months and years.

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