I am in the process of rebooting my blog and want to share the process with you. I started with a tool that helps me succeed at anything, defined a target audience and now want to share a brain dump of some possible upcoming blog posts.
Which of these do you find interesting? Helpful? Ridiculous? Will you please share a comment with what you would like to read on this blog?
- How do I do a wedding?
- How do I do a funeral?
- What should I do if someone is going to commit suicide?
- How should I handle staffing problems?
- What was it like going from Resurrection to First UMC El Dorado?
- How have you sought to make change in the church?
- What does a facilities planning process look like for a 100 year old building?
- What value are community partnerships?
- What are sermon series’ that you have enjoyed preaching?
- How do start to turn the flywheel?
- How do you transition from fundraisers to generosity?
- How do I put together a website for our church?
- Do church bulletin boards do any good?
- How do you handle a funeral for a high-profile community member?
- What is the most critical staff role in the life of the church?
- Strategic Planning in the Small Church
- Worship Planning for 180
- Marketing Techniques for County Seat Towns
- Community Partnerships – Main Street
- How do you become active outside the walls?
- How do you speak prophetically to small town life?
- What are the effective ways to provide care for the congregation?
- What is essential in year one in a new appointment?
- How do you maintain connections with prior congregations?
- How do you build relationships with people your age?
- Word of Witness – Creating videos of life change
- Alpha – A course with the basics
- Introduction to the Bible – Introducing Love of Scripture
- How to respond to hair-brained ideas
- How to focus on the gap / what needs to change
- How to prioritize your time among committees
- Just Say Yes – Empowering People to do God’s Work
- Don’t worry about “stepping on toes”
- Parsonage and Congregation Care
- Planting grass and reviving congregations
- The Most Sacred of Tables – Communion and Fellowship Hall
- How to Bring New Life to Welcome Space
- Some People Will Never Change
- Creating a Discipleship Plan
- How to Follow Up with First Time Guests
- What are some principles for effectively managing endowment funds?
- How do you preach every week?
- How to work with cranky people
- How do you connect with other pastors in the area?
- What techniques do you have for self-care?
- How do you find someone to preach for you?
- Marketing / First Impressions / Follow Up – What’s most important?
- How to Use a Church Database Effectively
- Wishing Everyone Happy Birthday
- How to Support Community Events
Why is it difficult to create effective content for Christian spiritual formation?
Because people creating the content are not aware of the answers being sought.
I recently read an article in Wired Magazine about Demand Media and the way that they go about creating content. This excerpt from the article gives an idea of Demand Media’s model of commissioning pieces of content to be developed:
Pieces are not dreamed up by trained editors nor commissioned based on submitted questions. Instead they are assigned by an algorithm, which mines nearly a terabyte of search data, Internet traffic patterns, and keyword rates to determine what users want to know and how much advertisers will pay to appear next to the answers.
What if a similar model was used within the church? The focus would not be on how much money could be made by creating particular articles. Christian content creation based on a model similar to that of Demand Media would create text and video content that would be tailored to where people are hoping to grow. Significant progress would be made in meeting people where they are in their experience of God’s grace and helping them take the next step as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Would this Christian content creation model lead to useful tools for helping people grow in their faith or anesthetize and distance content creators from those seeking to grow in their faith?
One of the things that I found to be most fascinating in the trip to LifeChurch.tv was that currently the content used for the internet campus is not live. While the content (video stream) is not live, the worship experience is live. Those who are there to worship together make the experience live, even though the content was recorded at a worship experience at an earlier time.
They had previously had live streaming from one of the physical campuses, but found that this did not allow for production for the internet campus to match what was happening in the video stream. It turns out that people do not care if the content is live, the experience is live and worship happens.
I think that it was Terry Storch that shared these parameters of what an internet campus consists:
- Content – There is some type of content that is delivered, primarily a worship service including music, announcements, prayer, scripture and teaching / preaching.
- Connectivity – Internet campus congregants connect live to content that is being broadcast via the internet. Whether as an individual at a computer or a group of 40 or 50 watching the live stream each is connected to the source of content.
- Community – Community is formed when internet campus congregants connect with each other and not just to the content. Community comes into existence at worship, in small groups and for missions. Worship and small groups happen online and in person, while missions happen in person.