Month: October 2008

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

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.

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

Be Authentic and Real

From the ChurchCIO.com series Blogging Guidelines for Pastors:

Be Authentic and Real
Value Authenticity over having it all together and being polished. This isn’t a seminary paper. Include the details of what prodded you to write. Show personality and preference.

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

Blogging Guidelines for Pastors

Going on a year and half ago I wrote up some simple pastoral blogging guidelines for the church where I was working. I recently found the doc on some old back-up disk and thought you might be interested in discussing these and maybe even passing them along to pastors who are just starting to blog.

A few disclaimers before I begin this Blogging Guidelines for Pastors series.

1. These guidelines weren’t meant to be policies or rules to give the blogger a code of conduct or a set of boundaries. Kem Meyer covers that as well as I have seen it. Instead, these were all written to be encouraging pieces of wisdom and best practice. In fact, the document was originally titled “Audience Guidelines” since they focus so much on the reader.

2. I am not saying I have done all of these successfully. Have I done any of these successful? Oh, just do what I say and not what I do. I am sure they would work if I blogged often enough to try them out.

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

Regional Church IT Roundtable Event in Florida

Whose Interested?

This blog post is to gauge interest in a Florida Regional Church IT Roundtable event. We seem to have a group in the Tampa area and others along the East coast of Florida from Orlando to Miami. Redundancy could be a good thing, so let’s talk it out in the comments below about what everyone is looking for, if people are willing to drive, and what the focus could possibly be for the event. Whether we land on two gatherings or one, I think it would be good for Florida churches to represent better through some networking, fellowship, and knowledge-sharing.

A Couple Options

I have tentative approval from Christ Fellowship leadership to host a regional event in January on our main campus. If you are unfamiliar with this type of an event and this loose coalition of geeks, here are the topics of discussion they meet on periodically in regional and national meet-ups. Since next year appears to be a tight year financially for many of us, I thought a low-cost training opportunity (typically $50 per person including 2 meals) might be of interest across the many disciplines of Church IT (Websites, Network, Information Systems). We could decide to include vendors in this gathering or not. I tend to want to hold it to just a few sponsor companies ($500+ donation in cash or hardware for give-aways?) so the focus stays on the community of churches. Then again, many of us use contract labor to augment our full-time staff, and they probably should be equally as welcome.

Posted in Community, Knowledge Management, Production & Maintenance, Strategy & Planning, Training, Web Ministry

Free Advice on Hiring a Single Web Developer

I quipped on Twitter “Reviewing some websites for people and giving comment. My version of Community Service.”

See, every week people from mid-sized mega-churches ask me a) for referrals of web developers looking for work (I dunno if there are any) b) for general advice on getting a decent website off the ground, or c) how to improve what they have. Much of the time I save the requests and hit them all at once when I am in the mood. Last night though I couldn’t take it any more and went off a bit on one unsuspecting friend who really just wanted a). I kinda feel bad, but there are some big truths in my response that I thought I would share. You are just going to have to show me grace and look past the unprovoked, frustrated tone.

Here is what I said:
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Posted in Applications Development, Best Practice, Blogging, Design, Programming, Strategy & Planning, Web Development, Web Ministry, Writing
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