Nona Jones has written one of the stand out books of the year for churches and non profits. With so many churches and non profits having to rush online, churches are looking to platforms like Facebook to assist them building connections through digital means. The release of Social Media to Social Ministry: A Guide to Digital Discipleship could not have been timed better and the book itself does not disappoint.[Read more…] about Social Media to Social Ministry: A Guide to Digital Discipleship [Review]
“How many social media posts should a church post if a church could post posts?” It sounded like a tongue twister in my head so I tried! I’m sorry. However I do love this sort of data. It can tell amazing stories. Sometimes it tells you nothing. Sometimes everything. For me, the information collecting side of data can be a little maddening but then when you look at the results and start looking for trends it becomes much more interesting.[Read more…] about Social Media: How Many Posts Should A Church Post?
I’ve been lucky enough to speak at a number conferences. I’ve asked the question “How many of you have databases on your congregation?” Many have something. When you dive a little deeper though, the information they have is, well, small and basic. From the data and relationships you have in your church, can you truly say you really know your people?[Read more…] about Know Your People; Unleash Them For Mission
Was it last week or the week before? It doesn’t matter. I was on a call with some friends and we were praying. We had all been greatly saddened by George Floyd’s death, by some of the activities that then followed and by the people who tried to then take advantage of the situation. We were lamenting, but I don’t think we were doing it particularly well. That changed when my friend Sara started to pray. To lament.[Read more…] about How To: Lament
‘Online, Streaming, Facebook live, YouTube Premiere, watch parties.’ All fabulous new words that have become part of the church world fast. As churches around the world are streaming collectively, we are learning a lot of interesting things. One of the elements coming to the fore is that doing online church the same way we did in person church doesn’t engage our online congregation in the same way. Now we have to wrestle with how to boost online church engagement.[Read more…] about Boost Online Church Engagement; Unleash Some Creativity
I’ve been a youth leader, kids ministry leader, involved in church boards and one of the toughest questions I always loved to face was, is what I am leading helping those that attend to grow closer to Jesus or am I just entertaining them. To boil it down, are they growing spiritually? What’s our approach to tracking spiritual growth?[Read more…] about Tracking Spiritual Growth Or Gut Feel?