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With Technology and Social Media coming at us at warp speed…where are you in promoting your brand…your church, your outreach endeavors, your product?

We don’t have a choice on whether to DO social media,

the question is how well we DO it. ~ Erik Qualman

This is an eye-opening video that comes at you about as fast as cyberspace is being morphed into this new Social Media Revolution.

Things to think about from this video:

  • 1 out of every 8 couples married met through social media.
  • If Facebook was a nation – it would be the 3rd largest
  • YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine in the world
  • Wikipedia has over 15 million articles
  • There are 60 million Facebook status updated every day
  • iPod application downloads hit 1 billion in 9 months
  • US Dept of Education study revealed that online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction
  • We no longer search for products and services…they find us via social media

Things to think about for sure…as you promote your brand.

…just sayin.

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This Week’s Top 5 Blog Post Fav’s

It’s Contagious 

Just last week we were sitting at the table when I asked my 8 year-old to do something for me. I won’t bore you with the details but the way he responded did not make me happy. Brandi (my loving, but far too often truthful wife) quickly chimed in “He sounds just like you.” My first thought was, Me? Really? Me? (Read More)

The Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Seen in Church

(I had to put this in because I’m so intrigued)… Any guesses on what this is? Anyone know the history of this church? (Read More)

Five Things You Must Do When Your Spouse Has an Affair

Just this past week, we’ve had several hundred people find our site through a Google search variation of this term “what to do when you spouse has had an affair”. As we were talking about this, we wanted to respond in two ways today: we are reposting a post that Trisha wrote a few weeks ago to hopefully provide hope today for people who need it.

The pressure of writing this post is a bit overwhelming and my heart is heavy. Sigh… not because I think I have all the answers but simply the reality of the broken person who will search for this resource. Remembering that surreal and painful moment of hearing “I’m having an affair.” And now knowing that I may be speaking into your “moment” causes me to stop and pray hard that I don’t mess this up. (Read More)

Afghan Girls Poisoned for Attending School

Some Afghan groups believe educating girls is forbidden in Islam and corrosive to society.

Some 88 girls and teachers fell ill at three different school within a week in northern Afghanistan. Authorities believe the sickness is due to poison gas attacks, and have not yet identified who harmed the girls and teachers. The Taliban has been suspected but claim they were not involved and denounce the attacks, which some people consider a terrorist action. (Read More)

Are You Stuck in Future Quo?

We all know people who are stuck in the status quo. Even though the world has changed they are nostalgic about the past and continue to think that if they just stick with it they can recreate the glory days.

The newspaper and music industries were stuck in the status quo as the digital revolution changed the world.

Sports teams that win a championship & then hold on to the heroes who won that championship way past their prime, they’re stuck in the status quo too.

One of the most interesting concepts Seth Godin writes about in his latest book Linchpin is being stuck in the “future quo.” He writes:

 For many of us, the happiest future is one that’s precisely like the past, except a little better.

Nostalgia for the future is that very same feeling about things that haven’t happened yet. (Read More)

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The last 15 years have changed our world forever,” claims Tony Whittaker, co-ordinator of Internet Evangelism Day. “Digital media are transforming the way we communicate, behave and even think. If Facebook was a country, it would have the fourth largest population in the world.” Internet Evangelism Day is a strategic resource to help the worldwide church understand these issues and use the Web to share the good news. It is both a year-round online guide and an annual focus day – to be held this year on Sunday 25 April. Churches are encouraged to use Internet Evangelism Day resources to create a presentation for their members on or near that Sunday (or at any other time they choose). The IE Day site offers free downloads: PowerPoint, video clips, handouts, drama scripts, music and posters. These enable any church (or homegroup, college, or conference) to build a customized program, lasting from five minutes to fifty. 2010’s focus day will be the sixth to be used by churches around the world since the initiative’s launch in 2005. Over this period, digital media have developed dramatically, with the advent of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and the growing use of mobile phones to access online services. The outreach opportunities have multiplied too. IE Day’s website is also a one-stop resource covering many subjects, including how to build a church website that is ‘outsider friendly’, using Twitter in evangelism, and blogging. Perhaps surprisingly, you do not need to be technical to share your faith online. And you can volunteer to be an email mentor to inquirers with several large online outreach ministries. Internet Evangelism Day is an initiative of the Internet Evangelism Coalition, based at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton. It is supported by a wide range of leaders and groups. “I am glad to commend Internet Evangelism Day,” says John Stott.

For more help, visit the website: IE Day’s website: www.InternetEvangelismDay.com.

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The Leadership Strategy of Jesus

So much of the activity I see among leaders today is focused on reaching the masses. “Successful leaders” speak at big conferences, host popular television or radio shows, publish bestselling books, or write successful blogs. Their goal is breadth. They want to extend their influence to as many people as possible. (Read More)

What’s Easter

One of my teammates at West Ridge sent me this article last week from the Barna Group which addresses people’s perceptions of Easter. There are some interesting stats in the article. Among them, one-third of the people surveyed don’t view Easter as a religious celebration. Maybe even more interesting is the fact that 19 percent of the born-again Christians don’t view Easter that way, either. (Read More)

Leadership Lessons from the Dancing Guy Video

The commentator makes a lot of insightful observations about leadership, but I think he misses the biggest one of all.

 First, the good stuff:

  • A leader needs the guts to stand-alone and look ridiculous.
  • He must be easy to follow.
  • The first follower has a crucial role…. He shows everyone else how to follow.
  • It takes guts to be a first follower. You stand out and brave ridicule yourself.
  • The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader.
  • The second follower is a turning point… Now it’s not a lone nut and it’s not two nuts… Three is a crowd and a crowd is news.
  • A movement must be public.
  • Everyone needs to see followers because new followers emulate followers not the leader.

The commentator closes with this interesting paragraph: (Watch Video and Read More)

The Toughest Job Ever

I’m constantly trying to learn how to be a better parent. Whenever I meet a young person that seems to be well-rounded and following Christ I grab a notepad and pepper them with questions about what their parents did “right.” Especially if they grew up in a pastor’s home! So if you have a kids, read this. If you’re in ministry and you have kids, study this.

With that in mind I recently asked Heather Stevens, a 17-year-old junior in high school who’s a regular reader of this blog, about her experience with her parents. Heather’s father is Tim Stevens, a great blogger and author who’s on staff at Granger Community Church. I think you’ll find her thoughts incredible insightful and encouraging. Enjoy. (Read More)

Why Twitter is the Best Thing to Sliced Bread

The phrase “The best thing since sliced bread” and other variations are commonly used hyperbolic means of praising an invention or innovation.  Sliced bread is the arbitrary benchmark against which later innovations should be judged.

The history of the bread slicer dates back to 1912 when Otto Fredrick Rohwedder invented the first loaf-at-a-time bread slicing machine.  This original prototype burned down in a fire and it wasn’t until 1928 that Rohwedder had a fully operational commercial machine.  The popular use of “the best thing since…” phrase comes from the fact that Wonder Bread, the first mass-marketer of sliced bread as a product, launched a 1930s ad campaign touting the innovation.

3 Reasons Why Twitter Is The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread (Read More)


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Technology is speeding up at record pace…are our churches keeping up with what’s on track for the future?     

The latest and greatest thing coming to a church near you, a Hologram pastor!     

A hologram is a three-dimensional representation in photographic form, recorded on film by a reflected laser beam of a subject illuminated by part of the same laser beam…so basically a virtual pastor.     

Image by ‘lenara’ from the Flickr Creative Commons


The multi-campus church is making great use of video technology while projecting a real-time video onto a big screen of their pastor sharing God’s Word. This seems to be common practice these days.     

But what about a hologram pastor? Tony Morgan recently demonstrated this new phenomenon by projecting a hologram up on the platform with him while he was preaching.     

Is this too much Star Trek, Sci-Fi “Beam Me Up, Scotty” weirdness or is it viable tool to help the church be current and relevant with the culture and possibly reach more young adults that are reportedly shying so far from the church these days.     

The Christian Post recently published an article on this fast forward technology, Hologram Preachers Slated to Appear in Churches – it’s a pretty interesting read.       

I’m still not sure if I think it’s really cool or just really creepy!     

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