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Len Sweet's book VIRAL How Social Networking Is Poised to Ignite Revival
This book is probably the best and most insightful explanation of digital and print communication cultures, the tension between them, and the huge implications for Christians, the church and especially the retelling of the good news. We just cannot continue doing the stuff we used to do, because it won't work any more.
The potential for Christian contact cards, and how to design and use them
Contact cards are a great way to communicate with someone one-to-one, leaving them with a way to contact you, visit your church website, or learn more from an outreach site. It is possible print your own onto cardstock, if you have a good option for accurate cutting. However there are many online companies that enable you to choose ready-made backgrounds, and edit the text (even add your own graphics) online, using draggable resizable text-boxes that you may be familiar with from desktop publishing programs such as Publisher or Serif. They can be very cheap – even under 10 dollars/euros/pounds for 250.
Free articles for church newsletters, print and email magazines
One of the great thing about the Web is the easy sharing of material to republish. Here are three useful sources of free articles for any editor (online or print) or blogger.
Not brochureware any more
Each time a new medium arrives, Christians may well adopt it reasonably quickly, but tend to perceive and use it in the way they used a previous medium. One example is Christian radio. For many years (and this approach is not extinct even today), the tendency was to transfer the medium of communal church worship directly to radio: hymns, prayers and sermons.
A wired world - free article for reprinting: share the good news online
“An incredible new technology enables the transmission of text on a worldwide basis. It rapidly reduces production and distribution costs and for the first time allows large numbers of people to access text and pictures in their own homes.” What is this referring to? You’ve guessed it. The invention of the printing press by Gutenberg.
Use contact cards as church invitation cards and as mini tracts to promote evangelistic websites
ontact cards (ie. invitation cards in business card format) are a good way to share your faith, and have some advantages over tracts: * Small – so you can easily carry a supply at all times (small metal containers for purse, wallet or pocket are widely available). * Culturally acceptable almost anywhere, whereas tracts can be seen as threatening and religious in some circumstances. * Can be personalized with your name, email address and your website URL. * If you don’t have a site of your own, you can use cards which feature any evangelistic site that you feel is appropriate. * Ideal as invitations to local churches.
Book review: The Millennium Matrix by M Rex Miller
Miller's compelling thesis is that the church has been located in four different communication cultures over the last 2000 years, and that each one has profoundly influenced the entire fabric of the church - the way it is organized, relates together, and communicates to the outside world. For the first 1500 years until the invention of the printing press, society lived in an 'oral communication culture'.
Book review: Flickering Pixels - How Technology Shapes Your Faith, by Shane Hipps
This is a very significant and strategic book because it explains the way that electronic media, especially computers and the Web, are changing our culture. As we use them, they are in fact using us, in ways we may not realize. For 500 years, Western culture has been a 'left-brain' print-based communication culture, where we could express everything in 26 alphabetic characters. The way we preached the gospel, structured our Christian activities and systematized our theology - all have been completely shaped by print. But now technology is rapidly changing this print culture. When the medium changes, the message is changed too. Effective evangelism must take account of these changes.
The Challenges Print Evangelism Ministries Face in Meeting the Needs of Oral Cultures
What Do You Think, Mr. Guttenberg? Fulfilling the Great Commission among oral learners requires rethinking, recreating and reproducing resources and methods.