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Welcoming Guests and First Impressions

The sermon starts in the parking lot, and the impression you make for your guests on Sunday morning during the first 10 minutes will be indelible.

Technology and The Church

Leveraging technology for ministry can be an incredible blessing. But it can also be fraught with problems and pitfalls. Learn how to use technology well.

Vision and Leadership

Our God longs for leaders to request of Him to do that which they cannot. Faith filled vision, leadership and risk are key ingredients for ministry.

Preaching and Communication

You know and understand how challenging it is to communicate. It is hard to get and capture people's attention. Learn how to communicate effectively.

Creativity and Innovation

Being creative means asking the right questions and making new associations. Discover new and creative ideas for your ministry.


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I am a Pastor, Writer, Speaker and Social Media coach and fanatic. With over 20+ years of ministry experience I am currently working as the Atlanta Area Director for CMDA Atlanta.

CMDA (Christian Medical and Dental Associations) is an international ministry dedicated to bringing medical assistance to those in need around the world and equipping Christian doctors, dentists and medical school students.

I also consult ministries, churches and leaders on the how to implement Social Media into their organization through Ministry Best Practices Consulting

Previous to CMDA, I worked at
the Vine Community Church, PCA (formerly known as Big Creek Church) in Forsyth County, GA. While at The Vine I gave leadership as the Asst. Pastor to the Connecting Ministries and Small Groups.

Before coming coming to The Vine, I had the privilege of working on staff
with Campus Crusade for Christ for over 16 years. Over the years, I have worked with college students at University of Rhode Island, UVA, and Towson University outside of Baltimore, MD - my home town.

While working with college students, I started taking classes at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) and in 2004 I finished my MDiv. at RTS in Orlando.

I am married to my college sweetheart for over 19 years, and I have two cute daughters that have captured my heart.

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You Know You Are In Trouble When...

your church nursery looks something like this. I call this Free Range nursery (also I love those cribs that look like chicken coops!)

(HT: Shorpy )

Although, technically the nursery and the children's areas are not under the scope of the First Impressions team, but they are, needless to say, one of the Biggest areas that make or break a visitor's first visit.

Dads and Moms want to know that there children are well taken of. They want to know that the rooms are staffed, they are clean and orderly, and that there is appropriate security.

Your role, as part of the First Impressions team is to acquaint yourself with the Children's Ministry areas and Nursery.

Many visitors are going to be looking to you for information about where to put their children as well as someone who can point them in the right direction or even take them there.

You need to familiarize yourself with some very important information. YOU HAVE AN ASSIGNMENT THESE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.

You are to speak with either Sarah Faison (Children's Ministry Director), or workers within the childcare areas and you are to get this information, so that YOU know it for the future and be more effective on Sunday mornings.

1. Make sure you know where the nursery is and ask what ages of children go into the nursery?
2. Where is Lil'K, and what ages of children go there?
3. Where is KIDMO? And what ages go there?
4. What about older children, what happens for them during the service?
5. When are family worship services and how does that effect where children go that morning?

THIS IS YOUR ASSIGNMENT! Have fun with it, and thanks for all you do. You all are a strategic part of Big Creek, Building Community for the Community!

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1. Know ___________ you are blogging?

2. You're the _________!

3. Make sure you're blogging on what you are ________________ about.

5 ways to Spark your Blogging Creativity

1. Be on the Look Out for ___________________

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2. You don't have to write prose/narrative/essay

a. Begin with a quotation

b. Offer a review

c. A "Top 10 List"

d. A synopsis of a breaking-news item

e. Discuss pros and cons to an issue

f. Say what problem you will solve for the reader and tell them how to do it

g. Pose a question

3. Write when the creative juices are _______________

4. Write a "_________" first draft

5. Take a break with your blog

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How to Build Readership and Make Your Blog Stand Out from the Crowd

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3. Headlines

4. Track frequently ____________________________________ (

5. Be ______________

6. Get your own URL/Branding

7. Brevity is key, no more than ____________ words.

8. Link _______________

9. ____________________

10. Be _________________

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