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My Minimalist Shoe Replacement Plan

I was asked recently how I keep from accumulating shoes.  Since the opportunity to share just came up, I recorded a quick little explanation video in our home office about it today.  Have a great weekend!

Dana Byers and her family are passionate about adoption and online ministry, and they sold all they owned in 2007 to live a mobile lifestyle overseas and expand online ministry practices globally.  She’s the author of “The Art of Online Ministry” and recently moved to Oklahoma to become the Community Pastor for Church Online. All opinions shared here are expressly her own.

How to Expand Your Online Church’s Reach Using Google AdWords Campaigns

I believe that if you’re going to take time to create an excellent online experience, you want as many people to join you there are possible. Google AdWords are one of the best ways to connect with people online at their moment of need so you may minister to them. I’ve seen it countless times – a man sees a Google Ad pop up while searching for porn online and chooses to attend church and ask for prayer rather than view inappropriate content. A suicidal woman Googling ways to end her life comes across a Google Ad for church online and finds hope while connecting to a volunteer team.

If your team of volunteers are seasoned enough to start serving a greater number and variety of people, watch’s instructional video to learn how to get started.


Norwegian Church Online

I know you guys love seeing the innovations of partners in non-English speaking countries.  It’s a personal blessing to our team to provide free resources to churches in dozens of countries via with your much-needed assistance.

Have a look at our partner Per’s online church promotional video!


Internettkirken kommer 5. september. Her er en kort reklamefilm du kan bruke på nettsiden din eller i din menighet.

If you’d like to learn more about church online in Norway, visit their experience page.

Donate to to help us provide resources to more churches in non-English speaking countries.


One Tough Question: Diversity’s Symphony

I’ve never experienced church as diverse as Church Online. 

Question: How will you take a stand for transferring what we experience in our online fellowship (different denominations, worship styles, skin color, and languages) and making that visible in your local church?

We’re Never Gonna Survive, Unless…

…we get a little crazy. (Thanks for the wise observation, Seal.)

It’s true, you know. Church gets too methodical sometimes to do any of us much good at all, meaning we can barely do good for others. As difficult as it was to shift from American church culture to a missional lifestyle in Europe, Chris and I chose to dive into “crazy” head first. The more time we spent discipling people online and sharing our home, meals, faith, and prayers for those in our local community, the bigger our hearts grew for the people of London.

So we spent the last bit of cash we had on hand to host an evangelistic event that ran both live and online simultaneously.

We handed out invitations on the busiest streets of London for a few days, a wonderful church nearby bussed in volunteers to help us lead worship and greet local guests, 2 people committed their lives to Christ, and we were forever changed.

Go crazy.


PS – No, we didn’t starve. 2 days after the event a donation arrived for us that covered the event’s cost to the penny.

Video of my Live Q & A Session

Phil and Steve of interviewed me live via Skype last night. If you’d like to see the archived video, click here.


How to Get an Inexpensive App for Your Church

Recently I sat down with Matt McKee of ROAR to discuss the affordable apps they create for churches, ministries, non-profits, and schools.   Very soon, more people will be searching for your church using their mobile phones (if they aren’t already).  Watch our interview to learn why having an app is important and discover more about pricing and features.







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Here are the languages ROAR supports:

Chinese (Traditional)
Chinese (Simplified)

Download the or Faithpromise Church app from the android marketplace to see some of their work!



Facebook Page Content Idea

I know that many of you reading this blog are in the exploration phase of online ministry.  You’re looking for ways to dip your toes in the waters and not yet ready to launch an online church.  If that’s you, check out this great new website called yesHEis with short video clips you can post on your church’s Facebook page for discussion!

If you’re more serious about launching an online church, become part of the global network for free!  You’ll receive a few updates from me each month with specific training and resources to help you as well as the opportunity to chime in to ask questions or share what you’re learning with our community.




Church Leaders: My Free ebook is available now!

It’s here! Whether you’re a pastor, a volunteer, a tech enthusiast, or even if you aren’t sure you agree with the concept of online ministry, you owe it to yourself to download this free guide to explore it thoroughly. “The Art of Online Ministry” is going to help you understand what’s involved in launching an online outreach as well as details of the internal processes you’d follow to keep your ministry thriving. Enjoy the book!


PS – I need your help! Please tweet or Facebook share this post so the book goes out to people in your network who might need more information about online ministry. Thank you.

Indicators of Future Success

My friends at The Aspen Group asked me last week what are some common indicators of successful online ministry teams.  Great question!  Here’s my answer…

* Entrepreneurial Leader
* Outward Focus, an authentic “Everyone’s Welcome” culture
* Committed to growth over time
* Not focused on personal gain by ministering online
* Doesn’t define success solely based upon salvations or donations received

What else have you found to help teams engaging in online outreach?

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