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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.
Web Evangelism Bulletin - news on all aspects of digital evangelism
This twice-monthly email newsletter brings news, ideas and strategies for all types of digital outreach. It is a part of the ministry of Internet Evangelism Day.
Protect your WordPress website today with these security features
Church Mag reports an increase in attacks to hack into WordPress-powered sites (which these days are 22+% of new website launches, including many church sites). They recommend urgent action to increase the security of all WordPress.org sites.
Free ebook: how to get free media publicity for your church
Free Kindle ebook for limited period only: Your Church In The News: How to get your church in the media spotlight, for all the right reasons. Plus other free church resources for news releases and social media.
News of Internet Evangelism Day at end of April
Internet Evangelism Day this year is set for Sunday 21 April, and is usually the last or next to last Sunday in the month. Since 2005, it has been both an annual focus day and a year-round online resource guide. Its purpose is to encourage individual Christians, churches, and ministries to use the incredible potential of digital media to share the good news of Jesus, in an intentional but appropriate way.
Free ebooks about church social media and communication
A growing number of free short ebooks are available on social and other media for church ministry. Note the word 'short'. Long books can be great, but a surprising amount of wisdom and practical advice can be condensed into 10-20 pages. It is, perhaps, the 15-minute TED lecture approach, applied to text. You can read them quickly, and keep them as reference manuals.
Suddenly Interested - #6823
Lives all around you are prisoners of Satan and prospects for hell. There are Christians compromising all around you, embarrassing their Lord, betraying their Lord. Lives are being lost to loneliness and emptiness because they're living without knowing God. How can you sit here when there's a war going on?
How to put an introductory video on your church homepage
People expect video shorts. If well-made, these can communicate a lot in two or three minutes. They are ideal for the homepage of a church site. Making a video short is not rocket science, and you'll find a lot of help at Trinity Digital Media and from the books Professional Web Video, and How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro. Read more...
Addicts Need a Meeting - #6804
Now, our support group is a support person. We cannot stay away from sin unless we have our meeting - yeah, our meeting with God - regularly. The day you skip your meeting is the day you start to slip. We're not talking about some legalistic ritual where you have check the box Christianity: Read my Bible and prayed. No, not doing your duty. It's a love thing.
The power of introverts - use them in your team or nonprofit
Susan Cain argues that introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. Our world often prizes extroverts – but Susan makes a case for the quiet and contemplative. Often, introverts are excellent strategics, planners, leaders – and evangelists - because they may be good at listening.