7 Silly Barriers that Stop Churches from Adopting Social Media

Barrier

This year I’ve met and spoken to many different church leaders on my travels to England and more locally here in Australia in social media seminars. For many leaders and pastors who bravely sat through my presentations and stayed awake (I can cure insomnia) well done! One of the undercurrents I noticed in some conversations […]


Pastors, Don’t Ignore Your Social Media Responsibility

Social Media

I’m a big fan of pastors and a big fan of social media. Put those two things together and this is what you get: A guy who is a big fan of pastors being on social media. In fact, “big fan” might even be understating it a little bit. I believe pastors have a responsibility to be […]


4 Questions Pastors Should Ask Before Criticizing Online

Angry Twitter

My #1 pet peeve of pastors online would be the same as my #1 pet peeve of pastors offline. That’s usually the case with me. I see a strong connection between our online and offline behavior. Except, in this case, there is one small problem: I never (or at least very rarely) see pastors display the behavior […]


Finding Strengths In the Fears of Church Online

Saddleback Online

My big third grade school project was a beast. Every eight year old had to do their final project in front of the class and Mr. Michaels, my teacher who might as well been Michael Myers considering I was so scared, filmed the entire performance. I hated the idea of being in front of my […]


How Social Media Can Save the Church’s Brand

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Christianity has a brand, like it or not. So does your church. And so do you, for that matter. That might make more sense if you define branding the way I do – as the story people are telling about a person, product, or organization. Artie Davis wrote in his book Craveable that when someone introduces themselves […]


Books – The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communications

The Social Church

The world runs on relational connections. From the beginning of time, we’ve been sharing stories, anecdotes and insights about who we are and where we come from. From the days of tribal cultures huddled around campfires, passing their history down through the generations … To the advent of the printing press, which allowed us to […]


3 Bad Systems Your Church Desperately Needs

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A bad system is better than no system at all. I love what I heard Andy Stanley said once, “Your system is perfectly suited for the results you’re getting.” It’s quite easy to have no system and therefore have practically no results. So, a bad system that produces “bad” results is at least a place […]


5 Reasons Why the Church Must Engage the World with Social Media

Third World Smartphones

As we develop a driving philosophy of why to take up the mantle of social media engagement, it’s important to understand that the purposes for engaging the culture this way are the same purposes that led the church to engage with the world before the Internet ever existed. We engage because the world needs Jesus. […]


Books: Rewired – Using Technology to Share God’s Love

Rewired

If God’s desire to enlarge His family matters… If people who are lost forever without the gospel matter… If the church of the future matters… We must learn to embrace the changes that are happening in our world. There is no going back. Our world is changing at an unprecedented rate. We are connected with […]


Five Commandments for Becoming a Media Savvy Pastor

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As a media consultant, I have the opportunity to help some of the largest churches and ministries in the country create effective, high quality media outreaches. In most cases, they are experienced, committed Christian leaders who understand the value and the power of the media.  But I also have the opportunity to spend time with […]


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