Pastors, the Internet, social media and boring slides

Today, I was given the opportunity to speak to a small group of pastors and ministries and share with them on “Tools and toys to enhance your ministry”. Having been in church for a good 30 or so years of my life, I’ve experienced heaps and I am sensitive to what engages and what doesn’t. I hear a lot from people who are both creative and non-creative.

As such, I decided to try and help expose the group to the current trends and what tools can be used for God’s glory.

Free eBook: Facebook for Pastors by Chris Forbes
Great book / DVD on presentation methodology: Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds

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Tools and toys that I shared about were:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Streaming video: live and pre-recorded
  • Online payment gateways
  • Blogging
  • Email newsletters
  • Online forms to email
  • Slideology resources

Tips for pastors starting out on Facebook

  • Culture shock, do not judge!
    – You may encounter information about certain members that you never knew before. Be calm, and reserve passing judgment on them. The main purpose of connecting on Facebook is to achieve true friendship.
  • Treat each friend as a real person
    – Though it may seem like a virtual relationship, each person behind every account is a real-life being who needs as much prayer as a person who walks into your church. Pray for them as you would every member in your congregation.
  • Don’t get sidetracked
    – Facebook can be pretty addictive, really! Be careful not to spend copious amounts of time looking through photos and watching videos, if you should be focused on other tasks. Facebook can be a great communications tool, and it can also be a HUGE distraction.
  • Ask for help
    – If you get lost, don’t hesitate to ask your children or fellow congregation members for assistance. Nothing works best than human guidance.

Videos I used during my presentation

Statistics on the Internet (as at 2008)


What Twitter is all about


Random photos from my session with the pastors

Here are some of the pastors from FGA, KL, SIB KEC, Miri and beyond.

The slightly more tech savvy pastors. Grinning at the camera is Pastor Thomas from Penang.

Thanks for these two photos, @sivinkit.

Here’s a sample of bad, BAD slideology. They’re slides I designed back in the year 2000 when presenting ideas to prospects. Urgh… proof that you CAN learn design! (or marry someone who is better than yourself for a quick shortcut like I did!)

Before I share some of my slides, here are the resources I mentioned during my talk that are relevant for you.


  1. Danny Foo - January 19, 2010

    Er, Google images aren’t technically free right? You still have to ask permission for some of them. 😛

  2. Sivin Kit - January 19, 2010

    wow nice to see my copyrighted photos :-) hehehe

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  6. Christopher Choy - January 27, 2010

    I’d like to express my gratitude to Bro Alex Lam our coach for the Shepherds’ Track. Enlightening and informative. After the track, I logged on to Twitter and get myself an account.

    Looking forward to next year’s Charge Up Conference. Till then, I’m interested to receive any media support that could help me to enhance my preching and teaching. Shalom!

  7. Sam - February 21, 2010

    Great read and links! :)

    Here’s another that I’d like to add –

    I use some of the videos here for my worship sessions at church and various other sessions I lead on worship.

  8. How the Internet has help us Connect | Amanda Bee's - February 22, 2010

    […] Although i do not consider myself a social media addict but i am a heavy user of social media networking tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, therefore I get most of my updates from there, both personal and related news of the people i follow. I came across this link that was shared through Twitter, where he was sharing his talk given to pastors from various churches how they could use these social media tools to help grow their ministry. Like business, you sometimes need to go with the flow in technology, to improvise, be willing to change and adapt to the new terms and technology used also be aware of the soon to come of what lies ahead in the near future. So the same goes when comes to saving souls, just be very careful not get hooked and addicted to these tools You can checkout his particular blog post here Pastors, Social Media and boring slides […]

  9. Joshua Asiwome Fugar - June 15, 2010

    I am really enjoying your site and its really a good add up to what I want to do.

    I have a similar presentation to make to a group of pastors in my church in the coming week. I wish you could do me a favor and mail me your outline and possibly some of the learning resources as per materials you used for your group.

    Thank you and God bless.


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