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Free ebook for church-based missions advocates and promoters
'Bringing the World to Your Church' is a valuable handbook to help mission advocates. Previously published as a paperback, it is now available as a free ebook download. It is full of valuable practical ideas. The only issue to be aware of – it was written before social networking came along, so you need to overlay its lessons with an understanding of how networking can leverage missions awareness in your church fellowship, as well as connect directly with missions staff and news from around the world.
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.
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.
An appeal for a 'Christian Commons' approach to booklets and books
It has long been a concern of mine that mission agencies and other ministries should escape a proprietorial mindset of 400 years of print-on-paper culture. They frequently publish advocacy or discipleship books, booklets and group study guides (or hold the copyright to out-of-print titles) which sell only a few hundred copies a year maximum – a distribution output which will therefore be read by a very limited number of people, usually within a single country, and may not even pay for inventory costs. If only missions and ministries could just let them out 'into the wild' in the form of free PDFs, Kindle and iTunes ebooks, and phone apps. Readership will likely go up by a factor of 10, 50 or even 100 times or more, and literature can be used in countries and by demographics who would not previously have had the opportunity to do so.
Watch Disney animation Paperman free, why is animation great?
Thanks to Disney for releasing their 6-minute short animation Paperman completely free to watch below, embed or download. (It's been nominated for an Oscar.) The potential for evangelism through animations is huge. Training is strategic. YWAM offers their annual School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions.
Social networking use in Lagos and Nigeria - amazing opportunities
Lagos has a larger population than many countries. And just look at the social networking opportunities in this infographic.
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
Internet Evangelism Day 2013 is set for 21 April
The date is set! Internet Evangelism Day 2013 will be on Sunday 21 April. It stands within the entire month of April, which is again designated as Digital Outreach Month. Future years, it is likely to remain the third or fourth Sunday of April.
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.