Archive for August, 2009

Facebook pages or groups

Posted on 31. Aug, 2009 by .

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facebookLast week I posted a video about integrating social media in our ministries. One great way to do this is using facebook. I’m still a noob at using facebook specifically for ministry related stuff, but I thought I’d explain the differences between groups and pages and how you want to use both.

First of all, you probably want to use both. Both have different functions. Groups have been around longer and of someone has experience with only one, it’s probably groups. However, most people are using groups to do things where they probably should use pages. Let me explain.

Groups
Groups can be big or small, but they’re mostly suited around connecting people around ideas, thoughts or specific people. The discussion boards, photos, links and allow for great connection, discussion and collaboration.… Read the rest

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I love my church!

Posted on 31. Aug, 2009 by .

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Picture 5I’m more proud of my church today than ever before. I’m thrilled an honored to work in this faith community, a church that’s being raised up out of the culture. Yesterday we covered a risky topic for churches but a topic that is important to our church and community. The message was about same sex relationship. Rather than hear John speak about it for 40 minutes, which he would do very well, he spoke for about 20 minutes and gave the rest of the service over to three people in our church to tell their story. All three are people who attend Gateway that have recently come out of homosexual relationships. Their stories are stories of grace and life-change. They’re not stories of miraculous conversions where God healed them and took something away, but stories of Christian men and women who have struggled with their sexuality and made decisions to honor God with their bodies.… Read the rest

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-30

Posted on 30. Aug, 2009 by .

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Still fabulous

Posted on 30. Aug, 2009 by .

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Two years ago I wrote a book review on Aaron Reynolds’ book, The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School. Last week I got a DVD in the mail. Essentially it was a promo DVD promoting the book and Aaron’s “Master Class” which comes on DVD when you buy at least 5 copies of the book from the Willow Creek Association. I’m going to pick up five more of these book so that I can get this DVD. It’s something my teachers need to see and I know many who need to read this book as well. Whether you’ve read the book or not, watch the video below, it will charge you up (even though it is essentially a commercial)!

Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School Promo Video from Kenny Conley on Vimeo.… Read the rest

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Student ministry stereotypes

Posted on 30. Aug, 2009 by .

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We all know that Children’s Ministry has more than its share of stereotypes, both for the ministry as well as those who lead. Sometimes it can be embarrassing. But you have to admit, Student Ministry has plenty of stereotypes as well, just maybe not as dorky. I’ve worked with enough Student Pastors that I had a lot of fun watching this video.

All I can say is… Awkward Side Hug!

And what’s up with that creepy puppet at 2.24? Was that some kind of sub-conscious reference to Children’s Ministry?… Read the rest

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How much is social media integrated in your ministry?

Posted on 27. Aug, 2009 by .

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I just picked up this video from our Web Director and Online Campus Pastor, Vince Marrotte. When it comes to social media, Vince is all over it. Watch this video, it’s definitely worth your time.

Question. How much is social media integrated in your ministry? If it’s not, get with the times people. You’re missing the boat. A year ago I launched a blog for our families and just recently a facebook page for the Children’s Ministry. We’ve recently started using twitter to communicate news and information as well. However, I feel that there are so many more ways to communicate to our volunteers, our leaders, our kids and their parents. What new social media strategies are you incorporating into your ministry?… Read the rest

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Need Bibles or books?

Posted on 26. Aug, 2009 by .

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index_02About six or seven year I ran into these guys at the CPC in Atlanta. I didn’t really have a definitive source for Bibles or other books. When I needed to buy Bibles by the case, I haven’t found anyone who can beat Harvest. When I was using curriculum from one of the major publishers, I found that I could buy it at a discount from Harvest rather than the publisher. As churches, we’re always looking for opportunities to save some money and stretch our ministry budgets. Harvest can help with that.

Here’s a little secret though. Don’t rely on just their website. Several years ago I was designing a small group/discipleship program for elementary aged kids. Depending on what grade you were in determined what books and supplies you needed.… Read the rest

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Mac OS Firefox tweak

Posted on 24. Aug, 2009 by .

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Maybe it’s just me. I’m not talking to everyone out there, but just the Mac users who are using Firefox. Firefox in my opinion is the best web browser out there (pushing innovation in web browsing to a new level and the add-on features make certain sites and certain tasks come to life). However, Firefox has done this buggy thing for me ever since I moved to the Mac. When filling out an online form (usually entering my address) I begin typing in the first field and when done typing the information I “tab” to the next field. No need to mouse over and click when I can type, tab, type, tab, type. However, whenever I would get to a pull-down tab, like the state, the tab button just skipped over this field.… Read the rest

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Ministry as usual or climbing higher mountains

Posted on 24. Aug, 2009 by .

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Pikes_Peak_summit_to_NE_1On Friday I posted about the mountain I’m preparing to climb. Fifteen years ago I trained for about 3-4 weeks in preparation. I was running 1-3 miles a day and about 20-30 flights of stairs 4-5 days a week. Fifteen years have passed and I’m in worse shape and about 30-40 pounds heavier. I’m not really nervous, I’m just aware of the fact that this isn’t going to be easy. Sara, who’s going to climb with me is also very concerned about the challenge.

Almost a year ago Sara and I vacationed in Banff, Canada. On our first day there, we hiked to the top of Big Beehive Dome overlooking Lake Louise. It was a 3 mile hike ascending almost 2000 vertical feet.… Read the rest

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-23

Posted on 23. Aug, 2009 by .

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