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:
- Streaming video: live and pre-recorded
- Online payment gateways
- 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
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What Twitter is all about[hdvid-600]PN2HAroA12w[/hdvid-600]
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.