Category: Web Ministry

Ministry 2.0 Conference – Pensacola

I was honored to be invited to participate in Ministry 2.0 again as a presenter. http://kap-poliv.ru/wp-login.php|admin:sierra My experience in Austin earlier in the year was fantastic, so I feel privileged to be part of this. What a great opportunity to get to know others interested in Web Ministry and even some solid guys like John Saddington and Tony Steward. I speak later in the afternoon, but some of the speakers ahead of me are entertaining some great questions from the audience about how to get their organization focused on the right site visitors and how to select the best Content Management System. My hope is to be able to address some of these kinds of questions in the Q&A time after my presentation. There is a matrix that has been around for a long time that allows you to select the Content Management Systems you have heard about and compare them functionally. Check out CMSMatrix.org to do that comparison. http://newsnetworksnews.com/wp-login.php|admin:clemson [Update] John mentioned that http://php.opensourcecms.com/scripts/show.php?catid=1&cat=CMS%20/%20Portals is a good option for actually test driving the CMS you are interested in checking out. [/Update] I’ll include my presentation slides in this post after I speak this afternoon. http://atlassecurityproducts.co.uk/wp-login.php|admin:admin If anyone has any followup questions on my presentation, post them in the comments to this post.

Posted in Best Practice, Design, Digital Asset Management, Production & Maintenance, Web Development, Web Ministry, Writing

Social Media Plan Questions & Tensions

John Saddington (@human3rror on twitter) and Tony Steward (@tonysteward) presenting here at Ministry 2.0 conference all day. Their first presentation was on the questions to answer and the tensions to address in getting your social media strategy, plan, and project out the door.

I expect there is more to what John calls the “Post Method”, but the challenges covered in this short MP3 recording of their talk include:

  • Who is your audience?
  • Who will champion this plan and strategy?
  • Who will execute this plan and strategy?
  • Who will not be participating?
Posted in Best Practice, Change Management, Design, Research & Development, Strategy & Planning, Web Ministry

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

WordPress Redesign

I have been a user of WordPress since it’s first release. In fact, I used its’ problematic daddy “b2” before that. When everyone was foaming at the mouth with glee about Moveable Type, I was sticking it out with WordPress. Since then it has become a dream to work with and I recommend it to anyone who wants to self-host a blog. In fact, for ministries wanting to build a website of less than 25 pages, WordPress is a sensible default since there are now website focused themes like VibrantCMS out there that makes it dead simple. The only thing you really give up in WordPress as Content Management System is photography placement options alongside the text in pages and posts. http://meishi-restaurant.nl/wp-login.php|meshi:meshi01 So, this morning when I heard again that WordPress would be redesigned in the back-end, I got excited. The dev team has made very few backward steps over the years with the interface and things keep getting better and better. One thing they have managed to do consistently is work well for all types of blogs, whether that be single-blogger once a month posting or multi-author blogs with 25 posts a day. My only complaint the last three years has been that the editing/drafting box wasn’t wide enough to leverage my 17″ Macbook Pro’s display… http://donateacars.info/wp-login.php|admin:pass1 or any wide display for that matter. Well, they now seem to be on a development track to fix that one as well. http://holidayshark.de/wp-login.php|admin:melanie You can check out all the WordPress 2.7 Wireframes here, or sneak a preview by checking out the image below. Besides the wider writing area, I also love that the menu has moved to left-side and is now collapsable. It may just be that I am viewing this in mono-tone and it is appealing to my minimalist senses, but it appears to me the interface has a more Google Apps feel to it as well. Other improvements seem to be a sharper focus on tagging, more accessible media tools, searching and filtering of things, and the presentation of where you are within the application. The whole design now seems to be focused on getting things done and taking action on your blog. To quote the wireframe documentation:

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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