Recently I spoke to a pastor who’s discovered that his local culture isn’t yet engaging much in chat room conversations. People in his part of the world have a greater interest in observing or only having private chat room conversations where their comments aren’t public knowledge. No matter which part of the world you live in, whether you’re the content creator for a Facebook page (been there, done that – super fun!) or a volunteer in an online church (love doing that, too!), you want to be prepared with some questions to start conversations.
Here are a few to try:
- Is this your first time here?
- Do you agree with what’s being said in the message? (Why or why not?)
- How did you hear about our Facebook page/online church?
- Has that ever happened to you before? (referring to a quote, online message, or video on screen)
- If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
- Can I pray for you?
- Do you have any questions about God? (Search the Bible by topic to provide answers.)
What have you asked people in a chat room or on a facebook page to get a conversation rolling?
The question I’m most often asked by pastors lately is: “What equipment is needed to launch an online church?”
Here is the list of equipment* I suggest (and in some cases, provide) my partners:
Macbook Pro 13″ (around $1200 USD)
Final Cut Express Software (around $199 USD)
Wireless Mic – B3 omnidirectional lavalier & Sennheiser transmitter $400
Canon Vixia HF21 HD Camcorder (around $499 USD)
Camera Case & tripod $50
Training for Volunteers $0
You can certainly purchase higher quality items, but we find that these are portable and provide for a simple setup when recording.
*Note: In no way am I personally tied to the manufacturers of these items. They are suggested based upon my personal experience using them.
When you look at all the ministry tools available to us, you’ll see there are many creative ways to spread the Gospel these days. Over the past few years I’ve tried a number of different online and offline approaches to evangelism, discipleship, and general ministry, mostly while a volunteer staff member at LifeChurch.tv and traveling through a variety of countries.
Maybe you’ve heard of some of these types of events:
- Online Prayer Outreach Events
- Live Events (incorporating a simultaneous online experience)
I define each of these approaches and give tips on how to host events like these in “The Art of Online Ministry”. Download your free copy right here on April 1!
Recently I came across the list of questions below. They’re basic enough that I barely thought twice while reviewing them, but I promised myself I’d process them awhile and return to them in a few days’ time to see if any needs for change stood out to me.
1) What’s going well for you?
2) What are you trying to ignore?
3) What’s boring you? (gone stale, too comfortable)
4) How do you want to be remembered?
5) Who do you love?
I was truly surprised to discover that making a few simple changes (that these questions helped me uncover) would lead me into the most productive and prosperous (not financially, we’re talking ministry here, folks!) 2 months I’ve had in my life. Dramatic statement, I realize.
So…will you take a little time to consider these questions for yourself?
God is for you. Let that be enough today.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31b NIV
For the past 2 years I’ve been taking notes on various aspects of online ministry and my experiences with what works. A few months ago some of this valuable information was used to create a 12 week church online training program provided to international BlueDoor.tv partners. Two weeks ago it all came together into a handy-dandy little guide I’ll make available free to people everywhere on April 1.
Here’s a peek at some of the topics discussed in The Art of Online Ministry: Keys to Launching an Online Church:
PART I: FOUNDATION – general information about what’s needed to start an online church (equipment, volunteers, messages, etc.)
PART II: FUN! – a detailed explanation of the vision behind online ministry and how to gain real traction in online outreach efforts. (Every suggestion made in this part of the guide is something I’ve personally tried. You’re going to enjoy reading about it!)
I’m looking for people interested in receiving the eBook early to review it on a blog and help spread the word. Interested? Click here.
Join me in praying that this information gets into the hands of thousands of leaders who catch the vision for sharing the Gospel online so that millions would come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.
Yesterday I kept running up against walls – nothing major but the types of things that make one feel she’s not getting anywhere…fast. Shortly after lunch the thought crossed my mind that I was stuck.
Thank goodness for Pete Wilson! As I verbalized my frustration to God in prayer, I immediately remembered hearing Pete speak at Dream Year Nashville Weekend this past January. He said that when we think we’re stuck, we just need to stop what we’re doing, go do whatever it is that recharges us (playing with the kids, a hot bath, reading a book). Once we’ve taken the time to nourish ourselves we can return to work again.
My recharge included some reading and a bit of fresh air (two things I’ve done much too little of lately).
Take a few moments and make a list of things that energize you so that next time you think you’re stuck you don’t have to stay there.
Today I had a frustrating experience with a BlueDoor.tv vendor. They failed to communicate something, I assumed something had been done, and now it’s an issue.
Poor service always looks like this (and the above situation is no exception):
1) Error made.
2) Somebody’s expectations aren’t met.
3) Problem surfaces.
Part 3 of the list above is where the magic can happen! You get to remedy your goof-up, and the customer (hopefully) gives you another chance.
Knowing this, what can you do? Crave feedback. Ask for it. Customer/attendee/patient feedback is a gift. When you receive it, treat it with respect and adjust accordingly.
Determine one way you can get feedback today so that your final product/experience/service is better than it was yesterday.
Recently I overheard the story of a man who’d been flying in the US. As the plane he was on neared the runway the pilot quickly picked up speed and returned to a higher altitude unexpectedly. This man looked at his watch and noticed they’d have arrived rather early had they landed at that time but – like everyone else on the plane – had no confirmed idea as to why they didn’t land.
No word from the pilot. Tension rose as twenty minutes passed. One man began sweating profusely and had a panic attack. A woman in the back of the plane had a stroke.
The man said that the pilot finally came over the intercom and said that they’d been told to circle the airport for awhile until their scheduled arrival time. Too little, too late.
Are you leaving anything unsaid that those you’re leading need to hear from you?