Your Bible serves as the anchor of your life and an important symbol of your faith. Today’s Bible is more than the large, coffee table book your grandparents displayed. Available in most any language, translation and size, the Bible is even downloadable to your computer or sized to fit in your palm. Whether you listen to Scripture online or carry a favorite volume with you, give your personal Bible a facelift when you dress it up.
Unlike teachers, psychologists and therapists, ministers are not required by a regulating organization or state law to pursue continuing education. Many, however, are opting to go back to school in order to sharpen their understanding of the Bible, understand people better and embrace all that technology has to offer. Because ministers maintain busy schedules, the demand for flexible online options, such as pursuing a degree, is growing.
A study performed by Christianity Today indicated that seven out of ten ministers in the United States have earned either a master’s degree or a doctorate in their field, and most of them did so after already joining a church community. As the ministry is a demanding vocation, an inflexible class schedule is impractical and will not allow a minister to effectively serve his/her congregation. The freedom of online education allows a minister to take an emergency phone call, offer counseling or visit a sick parishioner and return to the virtual classroom without missing a thing.
Many families maintain a tradition of handing down a family Bible through the generations and mine is no different. Although the Bible is still with my mom, I look forward to receiving the treasured book one day and getting to add yet another generation of names, dates and history to the genealogy at the back. I especially anticipate passing the Bible along to my own kids when the time comes and giving them a piece of history they can pass on to future generations.
One of the most interesting projects a family Bible can help with is researching your family’s genealogy. Although many family Bibles only have names, you can do research with just those. Any accompanying information, such as locations of residence, employers, and dates of birth, marriage or death only help you find additional details more quickly.
In many ways nonprofits mimic for-profit companies. If you looked at the expenditure reports, meeting minutes and office space they would seem identical. However, nonprofits have to be more creative in how they accomplish their goals. Even a successful nonprofit, church or charity has to reach out to their community for help to fill all the financial gaps. Social media is a perfect way to sound the alarm and reach out to/recruit supporters. The use of Facebook and Twitter is more obvious, but the predominately professional platform, LinkedIn, wasn’t initially used by non-profits.
Running a non-profit is like running a for profit business in some ways, but not in every way. Non-profits must stay constantly engaged with their donors, sponsors and potential donors in order to ensure they receive enough money to keep their organization afloat.
There is a lot of pressure in the nonprofit realm, but there is also a lot of passion. Your dedication to your cause should come through in every communication, and that’s where email marketing can make all the difference.
While standard for profit businesses use their email only for marketing, and sometimes spamming, email can be used wisely on the part of nonprofits to keep donors engaged and interested.
In a world that can be hectic and stressful, finding a faith community can be a wonderful source of rejuvenation, especially when that connection takes place online and is available to anyone with access to the Internet. Capitalizing on the popularity of Facebook, arguably one of the most popular social networking sites in the world, a preacher’s son started a page called Jesus Daily. What started as one man’s side project now boasts more than 8.5 million followers.