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Experiment: Facebook Live Book Study

I am running an experiment this fall in the local church with the purpose of engaging people in discipleship. The experiment is a Facebook Live Book Study. Some of the observations that lead to this experiment: High engagement of video on the church’s Facebook page Congregants sharing the value of study’s led by the preacher […]


Transition Time

So, once again it is time for me to start up my blog. It has, for the most part, languished for several years. The impetus to begin again is that it is transition time. I have been appointed to serve as the preacher at Berryton United Methodist Church beginning July 1. I will officially depart […]

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New Appointment: How the News Was Shared

The news of my new appointment was shared in the following way: Tuesday, March 13 – Supervisor and Lead Staff Wednesday, March 14 – Resurrection West Staff Sunday, March 18 – Worship at Resurrection West Monday, March 19 – Resurrection All Staff Email Monday, March 19 – Social Media – Facebook, Twitter and Blog Wednesday, […]

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Leaving for Google+

There have been many opinions shared about how Google+ (a new social network from Google) has had an impact on the online social media scene. People have posited that Google+ will eventually cause people to leave another network. I posted about this possibility myself.!/andrewconard/status/89782495683428352 After conversation with a good friend, I realized that there […]

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Top 10 Ways to Connect

Connecting with people is one of the most important roles of being a pastor. I was inspired by Valeria Maltoni with her list of 100 Ways to Connect. I selected my top 10 from the list at Conversation Agent. Introduce Peers Tell Stories Stay offline when you’re tired or argumentative Brag about your fans’ products […]

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Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age

I have enjoyed Pope Benedict’s message on World Communications Day over the past few years. I wanted to share a small portion with you today from the Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 45th World Communications Day – Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age: “The task of witnessing […]

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My #SXSW Interactive Experience – Day 3

I came to SXSW Interactive 2011 to gain perspectives, discover technology and learn practical steps that will help Resurrection Online fulfill our purpose of building a Christian community where non and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians. I hope to share some highlights and next steps from the day for Resurrection Online and myself. My Experience […]

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Top Posts from 2010

Here are the top posts for the past 365 days that were written in 2010: Church Growth = Increased Pastor Salary? Top 8 Reasons to end Guaranteed Appointments in the UMC Ordination Paperwork in the UMC: A Provocative Proposal Do I have to believe all the beliefs in Methodism to be a Methodist? What to Do with […]

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Online Memory of Life at 1000 Memories

What is an appropriate way to remember someone online after they have died? You find to be a useful tool to recommend to others. Here is a bit from their website: 1000Memories is a new way to remember the life of someone you love. We help you build a space to share photos, record stories, […]

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National UnFriend Day 2010

I care about community and hope to be part of building a Christian community online where non religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians through Resurrection Online. As a pastor, should I accept every friend request that I receive? Does it matter of the individual is part of the congregation that I […]

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10-11-15 Resurrection Online Update

This week, I put together some roles for serving with Resurrection Online. I am excited about the potential here. Find out more at Resurrection Online Mission + Service. Here is the text from the site: Resurrection Online is looking for people to be part of building a Christian community online where non religious and nominally […]


Sparked: Micro Volunteer Opportunities

I am looking for ways to develop serving opportunities for those who worship with Resurrection Online. An intriguing model that may be helpful in this effort is from Sparked. I cannot do a better job of explaining the concept than their About Page, so here is an excerpt from their website. What are your thoughts, […]