Should ‘bigger’ be one of the things that should keep church leaders up at night? Bigger isn’t always better. I definitely don’t want a bigger waste line. I could pass on a bigger phone bill too. Somehow we have all bought into the concept of bigger solving all our problems. Bigger houses, bigger bank accounts. In the immortal words of Christopher Wallace, “the more money we come across the more problems we see.”[Read more…] about Beyond Numbers #01: Things That Should Keep Church Leaders Up At Night
Plans are changing rapidly for churches for Easter. The need for social media content to match these changes is increasing. So here are some free Easter social media images for your church from me to you![Read more…] about Free Easter Social Media Content to Help Your Church Navigate COVID-19
I can still remember the day when Poland FINALLY got Apple Pay. I was surprised that we were so late as we had a robust contactless payment infrastructure. Before Apple Pay was announced there were other solutions around including Google Pay/wallet. I initially intended to use it as a backup plan to my usual payment systems but I soon found myself using it for everything. So I thought it would be useful to consider the advantages and disadvantages of digital payments from a giver’s perspective.
I’ve been a little a little worried about people / churches mistaking streaming worship and preaching / teaching for church. Streaming a service, sermon or worship isn’t necessarily church. Gathering, worshipping together and listening to teaching / preaching are a part of church life. They aren’t in the fullest extent church. As we do that, it is important for us to keep in mind that online church is more than streaming.
The current outbreak of COVID-19 around the world is an experience unlike anything any of us have ever seen before. We’re all no doubt feeling a range of emotions: stressed, confused, frustrated, scared, and anxious. While we act it’s also good to reflect on what every church leader can learn from the COVID-19 crisis.
That’s no surprise because this global pandemic is impacting just about every aspect of our lives. Schools are closed. Travel is severely limited. Some of us have to work from home; some of us can’t work at all. Events are being changed or canceled. Sports have disappeared. In some parts of the world in-person, in the same physical space church gatherings are banned for now.
Despite all these unprecedented happenings, we can take heart from how people are responding. We’ve learned to embrace this new thing called social distancing to keep the virus from spreading. And we’re finding new ways to be generous and uplifting to one another online.
Last week (March 10th) we recorded a podcast focused on the Church using technology during things like what we are currently experiencing with Coronavirus (COVID-19). At the time of the recording, some countries like Italy in Europe, and cities like Hong Kong were already in lockdown. The United States hadn’t had a single quarantine or closure in, and South Africa was just about announce stringent measures as have other countries since. Please keep that in mind while you listen to the podcast, as a lot has developed in these past 10-days (from today’s publishing).