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Listening for My Language - #6979
We need to meet people where they are with a testimony out of our life that relates to their lives. Thousands came to Christ on this Day of Pentecost; the day that each one heard them speaking in his own language. Would you ask God to show you today how to speak the language of the people around you; to reach them with the words, the music, the issues, and the testimony that they will understand?
How Do I Find a Good Church?
One of the questions I am most frequently asked is “How do I find a good church?” This question has taken on added significance in recent years because of the massive impact televangelism has had on our culture. In all too may cases, worship has been replaced with entertainment, and fellowship has been transformed into individualism. […]
How to Find a Church: 7 Things to Look for
So, you’re in a new city or a new town and you need to find a church, but how do you do that? If you grew up in church, picking one was pretty easy; you just went wherever your parents went. Even if you left your parents’ church for a new one, you probably chose the […]
Bible Verses About Love
In a 70′s era television show, a young boy was talking about his relationship with a girl and said, “I like her, but I don’t like, like her.” In the show, the quote made sense, but is there a better way to indicate our feelings of affection? The fact is, using a single word to […]
The value of a YouTube channel for nonprofits and churches
If you are a church or nonprofit, a YouTube channel may be an appropriate and valuable addition to your advocacy. Here's an infographic that may encourage you:
Email lists can still be very effective
Email remains the best way of maintaining contact with an opted-in list of friends or supporters. Facebook, Twitter and other social media area great at building relationships, finding new contacts, and enhancing your profile among your affinity group or community. But to ensure a specific message reaches people who have asked to hear it, an email list remains the best way in most circumstances.
Vital new book THE SOCIAL MEDIA GOSPEL - Sharing the Good News in New Ways
You may know Meredith Gould as the person behind the #chsocm Twitter hashtag, for discussing all things church/social media. So Dr Gould knows her stuff! She is an established author, sociologist and social media consultant, with digital experience going back to the beginning of the Internet. But this is not an academic book – it's highly readable, laced with whimsical humor – and provides a valuable introduction to any church leader or member who is considering whether, or how, to start out or develop a social media strategy.
Christian failure to communicate effectively with outsiders
Our biggest failure has been to frequently fail to reach unchurched outsiders. Yet this is possible, if only we would do it appropriately. Sheridan Voysey writes: "A fascinating experiment has been taking place in Australian Christian radio. The result is that between 40-70% of the audience listening to these stations have no connection with church...
Perhaps the best church website resource help available: Internet Toolbox for Churches
Internet Toolbox for Churches is exactly what it says on the tin. If you are a church leader or webmaster, Dave Hake's newsletter, podcast and short articles are essential reading. View his latest posts, and sign up, at InternetToolboxforChurches.com The significance of his vision is that he understands and explains how to make church digital strategy (website and social media presence) outsider-friendly, and not just a noticeboard for church members or believers looking for a new or holiday church.
Book review: Ministry in the Digital Age, by D Bourgeois, IVPress
Happily there are at last a growing number of books about various aspects of digital ministry. Dave Bourgeois' new book is primarily written to help Christian ministries understand how to integrate the Internet into their existing work.