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 … Read more about Tri-Synodical Theological Conference Wrap-Up
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 … Read more about Tri-Synodical Tweetup – #3synod12
I am sure you have heard stories of individuals losing their jobs because of things they have posted on social media sites like Facebook. This happened to one of my very good friends. Some people fear social networking sites because they have heard stories such as these. I think this is … Read more about Facebook Got Me a Job
I had the wonderful opportunity to present at the Austin Seminary Recent Graduate Seminar yesterday. My topic was the Pastor's Role as Social Media Guru. The presentation flew by and the discussion was engaging. In this post I will share my rough speaking outline, power point slides and … Read more about Pastor As Social Media Guru
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 … Read more about Communication in the Church of the Future
The tenth anniversary of the tragic events September 11, 2001 falls on a Sunday this year. How will your congregation commemorate those events? My friend Rich Melheim and the folks at Faith Inkubators have prepared some excellent 911 worship and teaching resources to help your … Read more about September 11th Worship And Teaching Resources
One year ago today my niece, Lily René, was born sleeping (stillborn). I have always been one to turn to the prayers of the church for comfort and guidance, and so to cope and as a way to offer pastoral care to my family I put together a prayer book for my niece. On the first anniversary of … Read more about Prayers for the Stillborn
Yesterday, I spoke to the Parents of Teens class at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX. My topic was Digital Natives: Raising the Facebook Generation. The focus of my talk was on the current context in which we find ourselves sharing the faith with younger generations. My … Read more about Digital Natives
Our main goal at Faith Growth is to assist faith communities in developing the required digital media foundation to support their ministry. Social media is a key component of this foundation. We refer to using social media tools as doing ministry “Beyond the Building.” I have come across … Read more about What I am Reading: Social Media Resources for Ministry
Sing with your voices, Sing with your hearts, Sing with your lips, Sing with your lives. “Sing to the Lord a new song.” Do you ask what you should sing about the one whom you love? Of course you want to sing about the one you love. Do you ask what you should sing in praise of him? Listen: “His … Read more about You are His Praise!
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 … Read more about Facebook – Yes!!
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 about Social Media Pastor