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July 2019

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Changing the way of working for ministry may be the first step to an effective ministry. We need a productive workspace for faithful leaders, including pastors and lay leaders, to excel to their full potentials.

However, it is not easy to develop such a professional workplace and to deploy it in our ministry environments. It demands a high financial investment but also requires a high level of technical skills and experiences, not to mention the harder part of it is to maintain and upgrade the system up-to-date with respect to the ever-fast evolving technology landscape.

Wednesday, July 31
United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, PA

Epicenter Group and LeadershipEdges will be teaming up to offer a daylong leadership summit for pastors and lay-leaders. This fast-paced day will be focused on three adaptive changes critical to 21st-century ministry:

  • Harnessing the digital revolution to help us in our mission
  • Developing the kinds of practices that make possible a MULTI kind of ministry
  • Shifting the center of the church’s interface with the world beyond the church walls.

The summit is designed to help attendees create a simple plan for next steps that they can begin implementing the very next day. 

1. Make sure you know the most current statistics:

  • Adults (18+) spend 6+ hours with digital media every day on average.
  • 75% of them are from mobile devices.
  • 93% of any digital experiences begin with a search engine like Google. It will be safe to call your seekers Googlers.

2. Make sure you listen to your community. The deep listening (Keywords Research) becomes possible through exploring those exact keywords, via Google Keyword Planner, being searched in your community via search engines.

3. Make sure your church website is mobile-friendly and continuous-flow. 100% mobile responsive design is must. Converting the top menu bar into a mobile-compatible menu with a button is not adequate anymore. Instead, use a good image as a banner or a block element for navigation. You don’t need so many contents that you may not be able to update in real-time with the latest. Focus on seekers with your best PR contents and …

The new application cycle of Web Ministry Grants for 2019-2010

Your church may be eligible to receive $ 500 grant for a new church website or a upgrade if your church has a spending budget of less than $ 200k annum, or is a new church-start within the last 5-years.

The new front door to your church

Your church website is the front door to your church. The design and the contents of your site are literally what your church communicates with the world. Don’t ignore this claim. Many of the church websites, unfortunately, are telling that their church is outdated and unintentionally communicating, “You are not welcome here”.

The final point that I would like to focus is that it is almost impossible for one church to reach the critical mass relevant enough for its Minimum Viable Ministry (MVM) to be transformed into a movement within the target community.

Even when finding a resilient congregation, which can mobilize the church by breaking through all the barriers that the digital revolution brought to the faith community over the last decades, is harder than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, this point is surely devastating for all of us. One or two community programs, if exist, are not enough for instilling, from Nones and Dones, a feeling of belonging into the worship community…

… The church programs are not culturally competent enough to enlist a good size of early-adopters and to set up a path for them to naturally become a part of the worship community. The tipping point in today’s ministry is no longer its size but the cultural competencies it used to enlist early adopters and to provide the space in which they can set out a journey with the newly formed community…

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