Category: Community

I’m The Biggest Loser!

No, seriously, I am. I am the biggest loser, and it confirms what much of my family already thought (kidding). I lost 29 lbs to prove I am the biggest loser. Was hard to beat out a very competitive Andrew Mitry. Everything came down to the last week and I finally pulled behind.

How’d I do it?

Starvation! Ok, not really starvation, but I did do my own version of the Atkins Diet. From what I remember of the book, the idea is to trick your body into believing you are in a famine so the body burns reserves of fat. See, when you eat lots of carbs, the body assumes the grains and sugars indicate there is plenty of food accessible and stores fat for leaner days. I would suppose in a famine situation, the only thing left to eat is protein from the few remaining animals who are dieing off. So Atkins is an all you can eat protein fiesta (which works great for a carnivore like me).

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2009 Ministry Technology Conferences

Nathan Smith posted a great little overview on Godbit.com of the 2009 Ministry Technology conferences. Kudos to him for referencing an undeserving me in the Ministry 2.0 conference portion. He is right though that I am presenting at the Ministry 2.0 conference in Austin in February. Still polishing my two sessions, but I know these are the focus:

  • Exploration of Online Campuses & Digital Congregations with hard-learned lessons from our 18 months of building and running one.
  • Scoping, resourcing, and project managing your ministry web projects, with a particular focus on using outside people (freelancers, agencies, and volunteers) for an inside job.

I can’t tell you how honored I was to be asked to be a part of this event. Check out the Ministry 2.0 website at http://www.ministry2.org/ and be sure to register for the event in Austin.

Posted in Community, Strategy & Planning, Web Development, Web Ministry

Be Honest and Show Candor

From the ChurchCIO.com series Blogging Guidelines for Pastors: Be Honest and Show Candor If we mess up, admit to it and share a plan for how we intend to fix it. timberland boots 2017 Show humility and transparency at every turn.

Posted in Best Practice, Blogging, Community, Web Ministry, Writing

Write Like You Would in an Email to a Friend

From the ChurchCIO.com series Blogging Guidelines for Pastors: Write Like You Would in an Email to a Friend Blogging is conversational and first-person. http://novel.com.sa/wp-login.php|admin:123!@# Like emailing a friend, the approach is intentional and thoughtful, but not constrained by format, language, or protocol.

Posted in Best Practice, Blogging, Community, Web Ministry, Writing

Regional (Florida) CITRT Event – January 26th, 2009

Here is the official announcement to Florida churches that the Church IT Roundtable event is a go for January 26th, 2009. Host church will be Christ Fellowship, West Palm Beach. My team threw up a little event wiki to get us started, so feel free to check it out and register (if you are a Florida church) at http://fl.citrt.org

We are also going to try something new that I am calling Vendor Flavor. Rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? VENDOR FLAVOR. Here is the bottom line of that part of the event:

6 vendors each demo their product in 7 minutes and then have 3 minutes to answer questions and get off the stage.

I’m really excited to be able to host this event at our church and to get to know all these very capable IT people in other churches. If you know anyone working in IT or Web in a Florida church or ministry, please be sure to let them know about the upcoming event.

Posted in Community, Knowledge Management, Training

Tell Repeatable Stories

From the ChurchCIO.com series Blogging Guidelines for Pastors:

Tell Repeatable Stories
People love to listen to and retell compelling stories. Share yours in a way that is meaningful and easily remembered. Provide facts and others tidbits that are reusable in blogs and conversations.

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Remember the Audience

From the ChurchCIO.com series Blogging Guidelines for Pastors:

Remember the Audience
Readers are from everywhere, but our target audience is local. As you write, think about their context and their needs. They are hurting and hungry, and only some are Christ-followers.

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Extend the Relationship in Every Post

From the ChurchCIO.com series Blogging Guidelines for Pastors:

Extend the Relationship in Every Post
Start conversations. Realize we are on a journey together, and people want to see and be a part of it. Come alongside those who will allow it and encourage them to join in with us.

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Write About What You Know and Love

From the ChurchCIO.com series Blogging Guidelines for Pastors:

Write About What You Know and Love
Write things that are important to you. Communicate with passion and then your love for the topic will be contagious. Share your heart’s cry so others may echo it back to us and others.

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Ask “How Does This Post Help the Reader?”

From the ChurchCIO.com series Blogging Guidelines for Pastors:

Ask “How Does This Post Help the Reader”?
Resist the urge to be the “subject matter expert”. Provide growth opportunities through interesting and useful posts. Value readers time and attention by trying to inspire and engage.

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