As we look at church social media policy, I’d like to share a pertinent personal experience. I’ve been on staff at my church since 2006, and in that time, I’ve been fairly engaged in social media. No big deal, right? Then, 2016 happened, and everything changed. I don’t like President Trump. I think he’s crass, narcissistic, and erratic. Feel free to disagree with me—that’s the benefit to living in a free, democratic society—I can have opinions you don’t like, and it won’t affect you at all. But there have been times when I expressed my opinions about the president poorly, and I offended some of my friends.
Social media has become such a normal part of life that it is almost weird when you’re not on it. This applies to both churches and organizations as individuals. There’s an expectation that, even in limited terms, it is a way to contact and connect with you. The novelty has worn off, and more people and organizations are reconsidering use of social media. Reasons vary. From mental health to giving energy to more core activities. For these and other activities, people and organizations quit social media and delete their accounts. Before doing that there are things to consider before deleting social media accounts.
The New Year kicks off and it feels like it’s time to talk about conferences in 2020.
Are they still relevant? Are they as useful as they should be? Are online conferences better?
This week we discuss we hope this gives you some things to think about it as you plan your personal conference attendance list for 2020.
Ever wonder about how the Internet’s network works? It’s easy to understand and figure out a local internet in your home or church. You may have a couple of hundred feet of Ethernet cable and up to 15-20 wireless transmitters setup. But the actual network that connects the whole world is so much more than that.
The video below shows how fiber optics uses light to transmit data over long distances, and with integrated photonics, expands our virtual world beyond the internet. FYI, it gets very nerdy, very fast. I thought it fascinating. Anyways here’s how fiber optics connect the world’s Internet.
Online streaming is not a new innovation in entertainment. Netflix has had us binging shows from 2007 when they introduced a streaming option. Since then, several other players have entered the steaming space—including Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go.
The newest player in the marketplace might just permanently change the game. Disney+ came on to the scene in late 2019 with much fanfare. I signed up for the service from Day 1 and have enjoyed it thus far. Besides my entertainment, I’ve learned a few marketing lessons from Disney+. You might be able to benefit from those lessons as well.
I’ve been reflecting on 2019 and looking ahead to 2020 from the first week of December 2019. Some thoughts are yet to be fully developed. I’m comfortable with some things unresolved. Reflection shouldn’t always be about reaching resolution. As we look at 2020 as individuals, churches and organizations we should keep this in mind. Anyway, I thought it would be helpful to look back at the year past and dream out loud a little.