Missional Velocity – Alan Hirsch

Missional Velocity

For a guy who claims to not know statistics, Alan Hirsch used both a number line and a pie chart, and lots of statistics in his session – the math major in me was cheering. But the impact was staggering. Below is just a snapshot of my in-session notes.

Cultural distance – cultural barrier to the communication of the gospel

  • language
  • world view
  • race/history

church still lives in the idea that the church is central to society, but now many subcultures exist

have to become cross cultural missionaries again

attractional church grows less effective as cultural barriers increase

extractional – attractional church in a missionary environment Enable people to reach folk where they’re at

church expects people to cross all the cultural barriers to come to church instead of going where they are.

probs of church cannot be resolved by the same kind of thinking that created the problem in the 1st place

can’t sell a Christendom approach to a non-Christendom world. Look at Europe.

America: 40% of Americans would be attracted to the contemporary model of the church.

95% of churches are trying to become what will only reach 40% of the population.

the 40% is not increasing, its decreasing

if you can’t imagine it, you can’t do it. Einstein

Going into a new people group… need to ask questions

What is church for this group? What is gospel for this group?

Don’t presume you know the answers.

Missiology produces ecclesiology.  Do mission, and church happens.

Reformational approach (Pharisee, tongue-clucking) – make them feel bad before you make them feel better.

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Social Media in Ministry

I am looking forward to speaking at Synergy 2010 with ministry leaders and pastors on using Social Media in ministry. Synergy is all about connecting with others leading ministry and sharing best practices and resources. I need your feedback to create the most practical approach. Check out Synergy’s fanpage. Register today! Would love to meet you there!

  1. If you are new-ish to Social Media, I would love to hear what questions you have.
  2. If you have some experience using Social Media in ministry, would love to hear what is working for you.

Please leave comments below. It may help to know your ministry area, but it’s not required. Thanks!

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Babel – Start a Conversation in 45 Languages!

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Team Digerati at LifeChurch.tv is always thinking ahead with new ideas and using new technologies, all to reach out and build the Kingdom. Their newest project, babelwith.me, makes online chatting with a global audience as easy as entering your name and choosing a language (45 to pick from).

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This tool is priceless as online ministry continues to scramble to meet the trends of an online generation. Best of all, babelwith.me is available for free. Thinking of beginning an online service or ministry? Then checking out this new tool is a must!  Just go to babelwith.me and invite a few friends. Simple!

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Inviting twitter and facebook friends is a nice built-in feature! Follow babelwith.me on twitter for the latest news.

Way to go Team Digerati!!

Circles of Influence

facebookFor the past two weeks, my online group has reached out, and prayed for, twitter followers and facebook friends during our regular meeting time…inspired by our leader, Tony Steward, and this missional challenge from LifeChurch’s ChurchOnline.  We individually posted on both forums that we would pray for anyone who gave us a prayer request over the next 30 minutes. We responded to all requests by praying right then online.  We typically found that twitter followers responded to our tweets with their prayer request in a Direct Message. On facebook, we found we had more success initiating individual chats with online friends and offering prayer. From time to time we came back to our TokBox room (where our group meets) to share how things were going. We pretty much typed our fingers off lifting folks in prayer, and went closer to an hour than our intended 1/2 hour because it was so inspiring!

As much as I enjoyed, and was inspired by, this mission, it caused me to think about my circle of influence on these two sites. Please don’t get me wrong, I love praying for those who are in ministry and those who are following Christ. But wouldn’t it be powerful if I was offering prayer to an unbeliever? Or to someone wondering how people live out their love for Christ? Most people, unbelievers included, are open to being prayed for. twitter_logo_header

Church leaders, as we look to using Social Media as a means of communicating, connecting, and reaching out, lets remember to embrace (follow/friend) those who may not hold our same beliefs. Search out and accept people from all walks and beliefs. In fact, maybe it’s time to reconsider your circle of influence both on and offline.

Yes, Life Change Happens Online

My online group leader, Tony Steward, posted this powerful video on his blog last night. A wonderful example of how God is using him to minister to people online.  I wanted to share it with you in the hope that we can begin to promote the viability of using technology and online community as an avenue to love on people and share the Good News that has impacted our own lives.  Thanks, Tony, for your leadership in online ministry!

For those that are about Jesus, and following him, this is just an encouragement for you to move in love everywhere you can. See video here.


The Reason Your Church Must Twitter – A Review

It’s not news if you know me that I’m a fan of Twitter.  In fact, I’d say Twitter was the smartest thing I did in 2008!  So, when Twitter friend Anthony Coppedge gave me the chance to review his e-Book, “The Reason Your Church Must Twitter”, I grabbed it!

Let me say it here, this book is brilliant!  With vision like his, Coppedge is a huge asset to churches who will listen.twittercover_small

Twitter has advanced ministry connections for me on a personal level, but Coppedge goes further and proposes using Twitter as the next mass communication tool for your congregation. Twitter can be set up to your cell phone. Messages go right from your fingertips to their cell phone. Imagine every group in your church receiving the messages intended for them in an instant. No waiting until they open an email, “if” they open it.

But Twitter can be used as more than just a ‘megaphone’, Coppedge contends that Twitter can also be leveraged as a conversation where the congregation is privy to the nuances of the pastor’s day to day experiences. “This “humanizing” of a leader is often a missing element in the connection between the church leadership and its congregants. Especially in larger churches where it is unlikely that a personal connection can happen, Twitter can personalize the pastor, or other staff with whom they are connected.

The simplicity of Twitter makes it possible to connect with your volunteers more often, and more conveniently. As any leader knows, connection with volunteers is key! Who wouldn’t want a tool that makes it so easy? “My experiences have brought me to the conclusion that ministry leadership staff should spend a good 20%-30% of their time each week connecting with volunteers in order to build strong relationships.”

Speaking of simplicity, Coppedge has included an in-depth chapter on how-to get started on Twitter.

Simply brilliant!

Look for “The Reason Your Church Must Twitter” to be released tomorrow, Friday, January 16th! It’s a steal at $5.   And for $5 you can share it with your volunteers!

Internet Campus Blueprints

blueprintsHave you ever started a building project only to realize that you don’t have all the tools or equipment necessary to do the job?  The best place to begin to look for help is from someone who has already successfully built something similar.

Is your church considering launching an Internet Campus? Looking for some answers from seasoned veterans in online ministry? Then it’s critical you stop by Tony Steward’s blog for the Internet Campus “Starter Kit” today! Tony is the Online Community Pastor for LifeChurch.tv.  There’s a great discussion including some uber-practical questions, comments and answers to things you may be wondering about.  Also a step-by-step plan on how to get started. Join the discussion now.

Just as there are many ministry models and programmatic methods in the Church today, they way that church can be conducted online has many possibilities. That said, most people when they ask the question, “How do we start an internet campus?” are asking it from the angle of a new program (or program extension) they are considering launching. Honestly that is a great starting point, but the reality of the internet is that it is both a broadcasting channel and a gathering point. And as churches start Internet Campuses people will come for the broadcast and stay for the community. If a church just pushes their video and is never present and accessible virtually to the people who gather, they act rude and self-centered without even knowing it.