Month: August 2006

Web Ministry ideas the summary

In the remainder of August and possibly into September I plan to post “web ministry” ideas which have crossed my mind at various points. I can’t guarantee they are all original or have never been done, but only that they are not mainstream and common. I imagine there will be an aggregate of church and parachurch focused ideas, as well as ideas that work better for specific audiences within a constituent base. In other words, these ideas won’t be all things to all people and will not fit every ministries’ strategy, style, or culture. I have created a tag/category called “web ministry”, so click on it to see all my postings on the topic. Also, please feel free to comment on the ideas, make suggestions, or generally call me out on something that is too idealistic. Check back soon!

[Update: I am having to republish this because I am such an amateur that I deleted the article accidently when managing a comment. Thanks to technorati for helping me recover what ended up being egg on the face anyway. See my follow up post here.]

Posted in Web Ministry

Refreshing Interviews

Rarely in an interview with a potential employer do you have a discussion and it goes well.

By “discussion”, I mean that you feel valued and encouraged to continue on in who you are, and the potential employer walks away with something they didn’t have before. Some piece of wisdom or an idea which they had not conceived just yet. This makes the time equitable for both sides. A discussion interview is a dialogue between equal parties. It has elements of the sweet talk of a guy courting a girl, but also elements of an online compatibility test wherein the data is the data and the fit is the fit.

nowhiring.jpgBy “well”, I don’t mean that you come off as the best person for the job, or that you were completely impressive, or that you get to the next step. “Well” for me means that both parties are equally candid and transparent… being authentic about what they are looking for, their weaknesses, and what they are doing to improve. Whether an interview becomes a discussion or not is completely based on the interviewer’s approach and mentality. The most healthy/well interviews are those where both parties are secure and confident of their person and mission.

Posted in Best Practice

Indescribable Louie Giglio

The Indescribable talk by Louie Giglio has to be one of my favorite talks of his. I was at the first Passion Conference in Austin. I was at the second Passion Conference. I was at the third Passion Conference. I have heard him speak since then… and still consider myself part of the 268Generation (though he and his staff may not include me in that).

I was with him way back at Baylor when he had Choice ministries and spoke every Monday night in Waco, Texas. I went through a small seminar at Baylor with Louie called “The Spiral of Sin and Temptation”, which forever changed my view of sin and depravity. Various roomates and friends have had closer, mentoring like relationships with Louie. Meaning, he doesn’t know me, but I know Louie Giglio talks… and this is one of the best. My understanding was that it was part of the Indescribable tour.

As of 08/01/06, you can still find a flash video of the talk on the Northpoint Community Church sermons page toward the bottom. If you want to get a sense of how BIG God is, check it out.

Posted in Best Practice

Writers Block

Glenn Lucke at the Common Grounds Online Blog has an interesting summary of a Chris Anderson piece from publishers weekly:

Would-Be Writers:

  • Statistics on Books Sales in the US 950,000 titles out of 1.2 million tracked by Nielsen Bookscan sold fewer than 99 copies
  • Another 200,000 sold fewer than 1,000 copies
  • Only 25,000 sold more than 5,000 copies
  • The average book in America sells about 500 copies
  • Only 10 books sold more than a million copies
  • Fewer than 500 sold more than 100,000
  • Nearly 200,000 new titles are published each year

Do remind me to never try and write a book. Need to stick to blogging for my audience of 4 (yep, I am more popular every day!). These stats do look unreasonably bleak, but I suppose they match the long-tail distribution.

Posted in Writing