The Secrets to Becoming an Influencer in Your World

The Secrets to Becoming an Influencer in Your World
“Influence is moving from your best to the best of others.” I do not remember where I read the quote above but I did write it down because it is the essence of influence and it is not easily reached. Life is a journey not a destination and I’ve been on the path to growing my influence for years. I think the Christian word equivalent would be “Discipleship”. Influence, Discipleship, leadership, or however you word it, we should always be striving to make a positive difference in the lives of others. When I was a young man, people poured into my life and it has helped me to go...
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The Coffee Shop That Changed A Church

The Coffee Shop That Changed A Church
Today I have a very special book to tell you about by my friend, and noted author, Dr. Steve R. Parr. This one book could have a dramatically positive impact on your pastor and church. Let me tell you a bit about it with this challenge – Buy a copy (or register to win one below) and give it to your pastor as a gift. I believe he will be inspired by it. “The Coffee Shop that Changed a Church: Discovering the Net Effect” is the latest book from Dr. Steve R. Parr, just released in January. This is an Instructional book that challenges Christians in an entertaining way. As told in an...
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FREE Online Meeting Organizer for Churches and Groups

FREE Online Meeting Organizer for Churches and Groups
Nobody has cornered the market on meetings like churches. Churches have staff meetings, volunteer meetings, council meetings, group meetings, event meetings, and even meetings about meetings! Well, I have found a great online organizational tool for all those meetings and the best part is it’s FREE! The tool is called “Whoozin” (pronounced: who’s in). Perfect for meetings of committees or the congregation, Whoozin is the ideal way to track who will be attending your committee meetings, classes, and other gatherings. Whoozin tracks all the RSVP’s and registrations, so you know...
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FREE “Web Ready Church” Seminar 11-6-12 Thomson, GA

FREE “Web Ready Church” Seminar 11-6-12 Thomson, GA
Is Your Church Web Ready? Join us for a day filled with useful tips and information on how to get your church web ready and online. If you are responsible for the web content and social media of your church (paid employee or volunteer) then this FREE training seminar is for you. If you have a wireless laptop or tablet, bring it to get the most out of our hand-on sessions. Web Ready Church Seminar Tuesday, November 6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. First Baptist Church Thomson Session 1 > 5 Top Tips for a Successful Web Presence Hand-on: Claiming Your Church Real Estate on the Web Instructor: Barry...
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National Day of Prayer: A Lesson In Social Ministry

National Day of Prayer: A Lesson In Social Ministry
Today is the 61st annual National Day of Prayer and it is very likely that you or someone you know has shared this fact on any one of a number of social networks. This morning I noticed a post from a Facebook friend which inspired me to remind my friends that as a nation we need to pray. Since seeing that post, I have tweeted on Twitter, retweeted on LinkedIn, shared on my Facebook profile and page, my Google+ profile and page, and now I’m writing this post! As I was sharing tweets and posts, the thought hit me that the National Day of Prayer is a great example of how to leverage the internet for...
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Land Grabbing Is A Social Thing Too!

Land Grabbing Is A Social Thing Too!
The web estate land grab does not stop with search engine results (see previous post). Try this web estate discovery technique with social networks. Go to Facebook and search for your church name. I believe you will find that it’s already there. Often you will find auto-generated pages created by Facebook which may include a company page, interest page or location page. In addition, you may find that someone has already created a page or group about your church. Having someone interested enough to create a page in your behalf is great, but it is important for you to make sure the content being...
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FREE Real Estate for You to Claim!

FREE Real Estate for You to Claim!
Did you know that you have web real estate just waiting to be claimed? If you have a church, non-profit or business, it is very likely that it is already all over the web. To find out, all you have to do is search for it on google. I just did a search for my church, First Baptist Acworth, and there are multiple pages of results. Everything from maps to city pages. So claim all that web estate! Top places will include google maps, yellowpages, citysearch, yahoo, and Facebook. There will also be many local profiles as well, including the Chamber of Commerce and church listing sites. Wherever your church...
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