A redemptive Christmas spider story from Germany and Ukraine
Out in a small town the other day, I stumbled upon a one-day Christmas market, and some hand-crafted glass jewelry caught my eye. Or, more specifically, beautiful hand-made spiders about 3 inches/8cms high, sitting over the other jewelry on display.
Using a Facebook group to reach out to hurting people
We've been working on our Facebook page for our newest evangelistic strategy called 'Issues I Face'. In that group, we've been sharing stories, links, and images and inviting the social media world to engage in conversation with a mentor.
Reach out to the people passing your church - make your website address big enough to read
If your church website is prioritized for outsiders (as it surely should be – Col. 4:5), then naturally you will want to attract many to your site. There are various ways to tell people, including contact cards, search engine optimization, and paid-for Google AdWords or Facebook adverts (which can be targeted very precisely, based on searches for your own town name). But here's the thing – the easy, no-brainer starting point is to display the church URL (web address) on the wall of your church building or street-side noticeboard, large enough to be easily read by people in passing vehicles.
The most popular TED lecture ever - it's about creativity
Do you know who is the most popular TED lecturer ever? He beats the second-most popular by more than 50%, and 9 million views. His name is not Bono or Gates. He's a British educationalist – Sir Ken Robinson. His contention is that creativity is as important as literacy. Watch his TED lecture below to learn why, and to notice what makes him such a good communicator, using storytelling and humor.
Slide presentations that people remember and don't sleep through
How often have you sat (or slept) through slide presentations that were, well, forgettable confusion? Michael Hyatt is the communication guru who wrote the excellent book Platform – Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Here, he discusses issues in creating slide sets that actually communicate well.
Free ebooks on church digital ministry, social media and evangelism
Here's a wide range of free downloadable ebooks on digital ministry and social media for churches, nonprofits and individuals, evangelism, and more. Plus Microsoft free ebooks on all their software and products.
The worldwide mission challenge of cities: GMI infographic
Here's the latest 'missiographic' from GMI, looking at worldwide urbanization trends. Wherever they are, digital will increasingly be one means to connect, especially mobile.
Teach over-65s to use Web in your church or community
There was a time, not so long ago, when web usage in the West was quite low for the over-65 demographic. But no longer, as the infographic below shows.
Free group discussion downloads for new Belle film
Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Culturewatch ministry offer these valuable discussion helps for small groups.
Real-time webstats ticker,and video shorts to share the good news
I always find these sorts of real-time ticking web-stats quite fascinating. Each represents a real person doing something right now! This is the medium that is on our desk, or in our pocket 24/7! It is the medium that will allow us to share good-news video shorts on social media at the touch of a button.