6qumc – What I learned about outcomes.

6 Questions for The United Methodist Church could have been improved greatly by clearer named and expected outcomes. It was not sufficient to simply seek to “change the conversation” within the denomination. The project would have had much clearer outcomes from the beginning, if I were to do it over.

6qumc – What I learned about social media.

6 Questions for The United Methodist Church was an exercise in social media for me. My hope was to use social media to spread the word about the opportunity throughout the denomination. It didn’t quite live up to the lofty expectations as far as numerical participation, but I did learn some keys about social media:

  • Initial buzz and word of mouth is an excellent catalyst for growth. In a campaign that lasted 98 days, over half the participants had joined in the first 6 days.
  • Sustaining traffic over a long period of time is difficult. If I had it to do over again, I would have ended the project after two weeks.
  • While participants at http://bit.ly/6qumc grew slowly. There was not much interaction on the Facebook Page, but fans continued to grow steadily throughout the entire project. I have no idea why.

Will you please share your thoughts, feelings or opinions about social media initiatives?

6qumc – What I learned about focus…

I learned the value of focus from 6 Questions for The United Methodist Church.There were a large number of topics which diluted the focus and made it more confusing to participate. For a similar project in the future, I would change the topics to less than seven.

I could have learned this lesson from Simple Life and Deliberate Simplicity – two books which I have read recently. Simple is most often better.

What’s Next for 6qumc

Earlier this year, you were invited to join in a conversation which sought to raise questions for The United Methodist Church. This effort was called 6 Questions for The United Methodist Church (6qumc). 6qumc officially closed on September 30.

I am working on compiling the top 6 questions in each category into a book which will be available for print or download from lulu.com. I hope that these questions will be distributed as widely as possible throughout The United Methodist Church to help shape the conversation within our denomination.

Will you consider being a part of the spread of this conversation?

Check back here a week from Friday to access the final product

My Favorite Topic in 6 Questions for the United Methodist Church

My favorite topic as a part of 6 Questions for The United Methodist Church is for a member of a local United Methodist Church. I have found that this topic has generated a large number of questions and I have found them to be most helpful.

What’s your question? Visit http://bit.ly/6qumc to get involved.

Read and share a press release about 6 Questions for The United Methodist Church at: http://docs.google.com/View?id=d3ggnsj_566f3g432cq