My Digital Journey, Part 1

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 Editor's Note: This is the first post in a series of two. Part 2 is here. Also, this post was updated at 4:45pm 6/21/12. The Journey Begins I like my ruts. I am very curious by nature. In order to balance this paradox in my nature, on each birthday I look for a new challenge to embrace in the coming year. So on April 27, 2009, I joined … [Read more...]

Invitation to Write for Faith Growth

  We’ve had a successful re-launch of the Faith Growth blog. Thank you for making it a great two weeks!  Many of you have asked if you could write a guest post for our blog, so here’s your formal invitation to write for the Faith Growth blog. Guidelines … [Read more...]

Three Attitudes That Are Corrupting Your Twitter Feed (and Your Soul)

David Hansen (@Rev_David) wrote such a great post about Three Things That Are Killing Your Twitter Feed, I felt it needed some follow-up. When destructive and unproductive behaviors emerge, our interior lives may need an alchemical shake-up so attitudes spawned such bad behavior can be transmuted into spiritual gold. "Holiness of heart and life," for all you sanctification nuts out there. So which kinds of attitudes manifest our lack of virtue formation in social media? I'm going to suggest … [Read more...]

Tri-Synodical Theological Conference Wrap-Up

  I have enjoyed my time in Waco. I always enjoy catching up with colleagues and and learning about their ministries. The conference also severed as an important networking event for the ministry of Faith Growth. It was a time to inform everyone of the great websites and social media consulting that I offer. Monday night's tweet-up was a blast and I am thankful to everyone who attended. Below is a picture from the tweetup and pictures of the drawing winners. … [Read more...]

Tri-Synodical Tweetup – #3synod12

  UPDATE: I now know my room number. The tweetup is in Marriott Courtyard Suite 226. Next week I will travel to Waco, TX to attend the Tri-Synodical Theological Leadership Conference of the ELCA churches in Texas and Louisiana. I am looking forward to catching up with my Lutheran colleagues from around the state. One of the speakers, Roger Paynter, is my former Spiritual Director. So I am particularly excited to see him and hear him speak. I was able to secure a sweet suite for … [Read more...]

Communication in the Church of the Future

  Social Media is all the buzz these days. For those in the church this new technology leaves us wondering how to use this tool as a means to support our ministries. There are questions of mastering the technology, engaging the conversation, social evangelism, social media polices, Facebook group vs. a Facebook Page, and the like. The cultural shift occurring in society is greater than social media alone.  Social Media is just one of the first manifestations of this shift. A Shift in … [Read more...]

Facebook – Yes!!

This response was written to a blog post on the ELCA women site. Original post Don't Find Me Facebook by Emily Hansen on Jan 7th 2010: I must respectfully disagree – what you describe is not the experience that I have had since I joined fb on my b-day this past year. I try to challenge myself every year to try something new, and this past year it was fb. I am so glad I did! I am single, live in a big city and travel for work. I have found fb to be a great way for me to keep up with friends … [Read more...]

Social Media Pastor

I have been amazed at the way Christian community expands and develops through the use of social media, i.e. facebook, tweeter, ... Here is an interesting article on the subject: Does your Church have a Social Media Pastor? … [Read more...]