Blog Reboot: Brain Dump of Titles (3 of 4)

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?

  1. How do I do a wedding?
  2. How do I do a funeral?
  3. What should I do if someone is going to commit suicide?
  4. How should I handle staffing problems?
  5. What was it like going from Resurrection to First UMC El Dorado?
  6. How have you sought to make change in the church?
  7. What does a facilities planning process look like for a 100 year old building?
  8. What value are community partnerships?
  9. What are sermon series’ that you have enjoyed preaching?
  10. How do start to turn the flywheel?
  11. How do you transition from fundraisers to generosity?
  12. How do I put together a website for our church?
  13. Do church bulletin boards do any good?
  14. How do you handle a funeral for a high-profile community member?
  15. What is the most critical staff role in the life of the church?
  16. Strategic Planning in the Small Church
  17. Worship Planning for 180
  18. Marketing Techniques for County Seat Towns
  19. Community Partnerships – Main Street
  20. How do you become active outside the walls?
  21. How do you speak prophetically to small town life?
  22. What are the effective ways to provide care for the congregation?
  23. What is essential in year one in a new appointment?
  24. How do you maintain connections with prior congregations?
  25. How do you build relationships with people your age?
  26. Word of Witness – Creating videos of life change
  27. Alpha – A course with the basics
  28. Introduction to the Bible – Introducing Love of Scripture
  29. How to respond to hair-brained ideas
  30. How to focus on the gap / what needs to change
  31. How to prioritize your time among committees
  32. Just Say Yes – Empowering People to do God’s Work
  33. Don’t worry about “stepping on toes”
  34. Parsonage and Congregation Care
  35. Planting grass and reviving congregations
  36. The Most Sacred of Tables – Communion and Fellowship Hall
  37. How to Bring New Life to Welcome Space
  38. Some People Will Never Change
  39. Creating a Discipleship Plan
  40. How to Follow Up with First Time Guests
  41. What are some principles for effectively managing endowment funds?
  42. How do you preach every week?
  43. How to work with cranky people
  44. How do you connect with other pastors in the area?
  45. What techniques do you have for self-care?
  46. How do you find someone to preach for you?
  47. Marketing / First Impressions / Follow Up – What’s most important?
  48. How to Use a Church Database Effectively
  49. Wishing Everyone Happy Birthday
  50. How to Support Community Events

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?

Blog Hiatus – Suggestions?

I am taking a blogging hiatus for the rest of the week.

I will be traveling to a Kansas West residency event in the first part of the week and to visit Nicole’s family of origin in North Carolina in the latter part of the week.

In the meantime, I am looking for your guidance.

What would be most helpful for you in future blog posts?

Email me at andrew dot conard at cor dot org with “Blog Idea” in the subject line or leave your comments below. I am ready to hear from you.

Ministry Iteration

While I believe that it is important to get ministry done right the first time, I am increasingly becoming a fan of iteration (or repetition) and learning by doing.

I recognize that some genius idea that I have may certainly turn out to only be genius in my head and not actually be helpful in helping people build relationships with God and with other people. I try to head these ideas off at the pass and keep them from consuming a great deal of my time or afflicting others with them.

But sometimes, I will go ahead and put an idea out there and see where it lands. Quick adaptation and repetition of the idea with a slightly different angle can quickly lead to an idea that is moving closer to perfection, that is, actually effective.

What do you think? Would you develop something before or after letting it out to the public?

An Open Invitation to Preaching Collaboration

This coming weekend, I will be preaching on Wrath at Resurrection’s Central Campus as part of a series on the Seven Deadly Sins. I am working and praying hard to have the best possible sermon for this weekend.

This is where you come in.

I want to hear from you – what questions, ideas, suggestions, scripture verses about wrath or anger do you have?

Visit http://ow.ly/cO2H to vote and submit your ideas and suggestions.

Leadership Network’s Ideation Experience

I am excited to be a part of Leadership Network’s Ideation Experience in July. From the website:

The Leadership Network Ideation Experience on July 20-22 in Dallas, is a gathering of innovators, creative thinkers and idea junkies who work collaboratively in an interactive and iterative process of developing ideas that could not only change the Church but change the world.

Leadership Network has partnered with Catalyst and innovation guru John Handy, former Senior VP in charge of product development for Mattel Toys to present three days of innovation and brainstorming. Our plan is to deliver a list of the Ten Big Ideas that could shape and change the Church in the next ten years.

The Leadership Network Ideation Experience is not an informational conference, but rather a total immersion into creating, combining, experimenting, testing and refining of good ideas into great ideas. It is designed for creative, playful leaders who enjoy collaborating with other creative and playful leaders. If this makes your heart race, you need to join us!

I outlined the idea which I submitted at Church Planting – What if… and included the following biography (in 200 words or less) for my application:

I am a Christian, husband, son, brother, friend, United Methodist and also an associate pastor at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (www.cor.org). I am passionate about spiritual revival in the state of Kansas, renewal within the United Methodist Church and the purpose of the church where I serve.

I believe that this will be important work for the church, denomination and as internet campus pastor.