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Storytelling and humor: Christian books and free resources
Many people still seem to feel that storytelling and humor are, if even used at all, minor elements to bolt onto the beginning or end of the 'real' message we are trying to communicate. In reality, these should be integral to all communication, embedded and inseparable. This applies equally whether it is evangelism, teaching, or advocating a nonprofit or ministry.
Book review, Tweeting Church: Good News in Only 140 Characters
It is rare to find a book about technology with something for everyone, but whether you are a complete Twitter amateur or a veteran tweep, whether you are a lay Christian or a pastor or a church community interested in Twitter evangelism, Paul Clifford's new e-book Tweeting Church: Good News in Only 140 Characters is worth the download for you and your ministry.
Best practice for sharing video shorts on Facebook
Video shorts are are hugely powerful tool for evangelism or discipleship. Embedding a clip into Facebook is hugely strategic. The infographic below offers good advice on best practice. This applies whether you are sharing a third-party clip (for instance those on YesHEIs.com, God: New Evidence, or Global Short Film Network, or posting your own video short.
Book review: Click 2 Save - The Digital Ministry Bible
Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible Keith Anderson and Elizabeth Drescher Moorehouse ISBN-13: 9780819227744 If Click 2 Save could be summed up in two points, they would be: If you're not involved in digital ministry, get a move on it! Once you're involved, strategy matters big time.
New free ebook on mobile phone evangelism and ministry
Churches, ministries and the missions community are starting to explore the incredible potential of mobile phones in evangelism and discipleship. This free 40-page book looks particularly at the options in the Majority World
YouVersion – changing the whole context of Bible
If you don't yet have a smartphone, you may not realise their compelling advantages. These include having with you 24/7: a still/video camera, diary (which can syncronize automatically to other family members, work colleagues, church etc.), satnav, photo album, note-taker, alarm-clock/watch, Kindle e-reader (there's a free Kindle app – and there are plenty of free classics to choose from), news updates, games as well as all the usual web services – browsing, email, Facebook, Twitter. Free (or very cheap) apps extend this functionality in many ways. The YouVersion bible app is a further opportunity for Jesus followers with smartphones.
Mobile phones and Christian ministry in Africa
Mobiles have become transformative across Africa. It is an amazing story. Any plan for evangelism or discipleship in Africa, which does not integrate mobile phones at some level, is severely handicapped.
Impact of mobile phones on ministry and mission in majority world
Amazing statistic: three-quarters of the world's population has access to a mobile phone, says a new World Bank study. And that doesn't just mean the rich West. Over 70% of sub-Saharan Africans have access to a mobile. There are nearly 5 billion mobile users in the Majority World. The opportunities for digital discipleship and evangelism are vast.
What Christians can learn from consumer best buy research
There's a magazine from my childhood which has hugely influenced my thinking since. Not a comic or storytelling publication. It was WHICH?, the magazine of the pioneering UK consumer group CA. Research is also vital for Christian ministry and evangelism.
Benefits and examples of mobile phone texts - infographic
Texts remain the one electronic messaging system (unlike tweets or emails) that are usually picked up quickly and read. There are many opportunities to integrate text messaging into health care in the Majority World, as this WHO 112-page ebook explains. With, for example 70-75% of Africans having family access to a mobile, there are many opportunities for cross-cultural missions to connect with people, both in terms of health-care education and reminders, as well as discipleship. In some cultures, a surprising number of not-yet-believers are prepared to subscribe to a daily SMS Bible verse and/or motivational thought.