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There’s an App for Church Hunters

FaithStreet is an app that will help people find a good church fit.  At least that’s the hope of it’s founder Sean Coughlin. Churches fill out an online profile with key info on their church.  App users can then find churches that interest them. The app is funded by online giving (with FaithStreet taking a cut of any giving that comes as a result of people using the app). It’s kind of like a Yelp app, only for church hunters. But there’s one difference:  There are no customer reviews. Coughlin says: ”We reject the idea of reviewing churches…A church is much more...
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USA Today recognizes ‘Church in a box’

USA Today recently did an article about churches that have no buildings. We’ve known about this trend for a long time… but this is totally new to many people. A church without a building?  uh-huh. Pretty good video, until the end with the screaming woman and mostly unfilled room. Regardless, it is a very interesting...
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Are Twitter and Facebook narcissistic?

From Mashable.com: Researchers found that young adult college students who posted more often on Twitter scored higher in a measure of certain types of narcissism, whose traits include exhibitionism, exploitativeness, and superiority. “Young people may over-evaluate the importance of their own opinions,” communication studies doctorate and researcher Panek said in the statement. “Through Twitter, they’re trying to broaden their social circles and broadcast their views about a wide range of topics and issues.” As far as middle-aged adult narcissists; the study determined...
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A look behind the scenes at Joel Osteen’s Social Media Strategy

This is a really cool behind the scenes look at how Joel Osteen Ministries is using social media.  It’s a major piece written over at the Huffington Post. See if you can find a quote from yours truly somewhere in the article.  :) Read the article here… Please do leave your comments below.  What did you think of the article? Todd
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Lesson: Images are just that important!

Whether you’re designing a website, brochure, or writing a sermon… people love images. Here’s what Justin Dean, the Communications Manager for Mars Hill in Seattle says they have learned about images in their social media and web outreach: Last year I attended a talk at the Seattle Interactive Conference by Ben Huh, the Cheezburger guy. He was explaining why sharing photos and images do so well. His theory was that if you post a link, your followers have to make a decision before clicking it. Even if its just a split second decision, they still have to decide: is this going to take...
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What is your biggest kingdom challenge?

As part of the Beyond Digital Initiative launching this year, Leadership Network is hosting the Code for the Kingdom hackathon series at some of the most prolific tech development centers of our country to discover new tools and strategies to address the challenges confronting our society, our churches, and our spiritual lives.  Our goal is to bring together some of the top coders and developers in the country to collaborate on designing tech solutions to real life Kingdom challenges.  The first event, hosted in partnership with Carpenter’s Lab and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, is...
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The first pastor who uses Google Glass to preach could look like this…

Are you like me… anxiously awaiting the release of Google Glass? I am a self-confessed technology geek and early adopter.  I’m not sure what I’ll do when Google Glass comes out… but I’m sure I’ll be tempted. And just like when the iPad came out… preachers all across America will be tempted as well… to use Google Glass when they preach. I just hope that they don’t look like this… QUESTION:  Do you think Google Glass will take off?  And will we in two years be seeing Google Glass in the pulpit without thinking about it (just like we see...
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A New Way to Pray? Introducing ORA…

Interesting press release.  Have you considered using technology to help your church’s prayer ministry? Introducing “ORA” a disruptive technology to promote the oldest form of recognized religious expression in the Christian and Jewish faiths–prayer. The ORA system creates a personal mobile experience for the individual and an enterprise-quality community management platform for any organization to invite, connect, share, respond and interact with one another in intercessory prayer. “That’s a lot of words to describe it, but ORA’s technology gives us the ability to do so...
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If You Could Ask John Piper One Thing… Oh Wait… You Can!

Recently retired pastor John Piper has found a new way to keep himself busy during his retirement: a mobile app entitled “Ask Pastor John.” Each day Piper takes five minutes and answers questions submitted by listeners, sharing his responses through the app, which is available through iTunes. This got Todd and Matt thinking about a couple of things: 1. This format sounds eerily similar to Ministry Briefing. 2. This is a great way to leverage available technology. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this effort, let us know: How can (or have) YOU leveraged podcasts and apps in YOUR...
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IBM’s 5 in 5: Top innovations that will change the way you work in the next 5 years

Each year for the last seven years, the scientists at IBM have released their list of five innovations that they feel have the greatest potential to change the way we work and live during the next five years. Here’s what they came up with this year: 1) Touch: You will be able to touch through your phone.  Imagine using your smartphone to shop for your wedding dress and being able to feel the satin or silk of the gown, or the lace on the veil, from the surface on the screen. Or to feel the beading and weave of a blanket made by a local artisan half way around the world. In five years, industries...
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