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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.

Don't Do The "Yearly Dump"

It doesn't matter if you are in a business or a church/ministry...yearly performance reviews are the norm.  But are they necessarily the best.  I appreciate Phil Cooke's thoughts on it, in his latest blog post:
If you store things up and do the "yearly dump" I think it creates many more hard feelings. Employees need to be reviewed, encouraged, and corrected. But do it as the problems (or good stuff) happens. Don't wait until they've forgotten what the reprimand was about in the first place.
(read the whole post HERE)

Phil communicates what I have been thinking for a long time.  It may be necessary to document performance for the employment file, but in terms of actual usefulness, it is better to receive (both for the employee and the organization) real time feedback.

What do you think?

Still Think Social Media Is a FAD?

This is an updated video from the original Social Medial Revolution.

Making Ideas Happen

Over at Tim Schraeder's blog, he has a great review of Scott Belsky's book, Making Ideas Happen.

Here is an excerpt:

In his new book Making Ideas Happen, Scott Belsky, CEO of Behance, argues that ideas are worthless if you can’t make them happen and offers this simple equation…

Making Ideas Happen = The Idea + Organization and Execution + Forces of Community + Leadership Capability

The Idea
The era upon us is filled with problems and opportunities that require fresh innovation like never before. We need to conceive new ideas to address the problems and opportunities that surround us – and we need to defy the odds and make these ideas happen.
Ideas are in no short supply. In fact, I think most of us are plagued with too many of them! The process of innovating and creating is birthed with a single idea… a new way of doing something or a better way to do something else.

In today’s Church, we need new ideas and insights to better reach and impact our communities with the Gospel. However plentiful our ideas may be, unless we act on them we’ll still keep doing what we’ve always done and fail to innovate new ways to make a difference in people’s lives.

Organization and Execution
Creative professionals – defined as those who generate (and sometimes execute) ideas for a living – constitute what is most likely the most disorganized community on the planet. But these same individuals are ultimately responsible for the design, entertainment, literature, and new businesses that bring meaning to our lives.
If you’re at all a creative-type, like me, you probably live your life with a certain degree of chaos and disorganization. We somehow equate clutter with creativity, but this book slapped me the face to bring order to the chaos.

It’s only when you are organized that you are fully prepared to effectively execute.

(read the rest over at Tim's blog)

Social Networking Media In Congregations: Possibilities & Practicalities, July 26-29

(I will be one of the speakers/workshop leaders for this event below.  If you are a pastor or ministry leader in the Southeast region, you don't want to miss this event.)

The Center for Lifelong Learning invites you to this interactive event designed to help church leaders explore, plan, launch, and maintain social networking media such as Facebook, blogs, Constant Contact, Skype, Twitter, YouStream, Flickr, and podcasts. You'll learn how to choose from the huge array of social networking options, based on what your ministry wants to accomplish. 

Seminary president Steve Hayner and Georgia Institute of Technology's Susan Wyche are keynote speakers. The event includes workshops sessions for beginners and for those already familiar with various forms of social networking media, as well as panel discussions with pastors and other church leaders experienced in using social media effectively in their congregations. For details about plenary themes and workshop topics, click HERE to view the event schedule.

Click HERE for event schedule and registration, and HERE for housing registration.  
Questions about registration? Contact Lifelong Learning Registrar Angela Wyatt (
[email protected]).

Questions about the event?  
Contact Linda Morningstar ([email protected] or 404-687-4636).