The Future Church – More Relevant and Leading Edge

Looking into the Future: The Top 10 Changes for the American Church 8.    More Relevant and Leading Edge For many years, the American church assumed that it was relevant because it existed in a Christian nation.  A generation or two ago, the church was the center of community life.   During this era, church planting often took the "if we build it, parishioners will come" mentality.  Questions about relevance were rarely raised in any formal setting and even less frequently factors Read More …

The Future Church – Less Formal

Looking into the Future: The Top 10 Changes for the American Church 9.    Less Formal Formal Informal Dress up in Sunday best to attend Come as you are (wear what you normally do) Formal titles used when known, especially for clergy and church leaders (i.e. The Rev. Dr.) Names not titles are normative Extensive worship guides/bulletins Limited or no print materials used in worship Positional leadership Functional leadership Join the club Participate in Read More …

The Future Church – Less Real Estate

Looking into the Future: The Top 10 Changes for the American Church 10.    Less Real Estate Over the past fifty years, churches have sought to acquire more land and build more buildings as a growth strategy.  For the average church, excepting office space and school space, most of the square feet within their campuses are used only a few hours a week.  The cost to maintain these large campuses is significant.  Any honest consideration of human resource (custodial and administrative), Read More …

Review of Deliberate Simplicity

Browning, Dave.  Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less.  Zondervan, 2009.  ISBN: 978-0-310-28567-0. Meet the Author Dave Browning is a visionary minimalist and the founder of Christ the King Community Church, International (CTK).  CTK is a non-denominational, multi-location church that has been noted as one of the "fastest growing" and "most innovative" churches in America.  Deliberate Simplicity is his first book.  To learn more, read his blog or visit his Read More …

The Changing Church – Looking into the Future

The rate of change in the America culture is often far more rapid than within the American church.  The church, however, must proactively and strategically consider and act to enable it to live into its purpose now and in the future.  I created a Top 10 List of the changes I believe will be most helpful over the next several years.  I revisit and revise the list often.  The latest revision follows: Looking into the Future: The Top 10 Changes for the American Church 10.    Less Real Read More …

Review of The Social Media Bible

Safko, Lon and Brake, David K.  The Social Media Bible.  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009. ISBN: 978-0-470-41155-1. Meet the Authors Lon Safko is an innovator and professional speaker with more than twenty years experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, strategic partnering, and e-commerce.  He is the founder of eight sucessful companies, including Paper Models, Inc. and LonSafko.com. David K. Brake is the CEO and founder of Content Connections, a company that uses social media Read More …

Review of Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day

Evans, Dave.  Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day.  Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2008. ISBN: 978-0-470-34402-6. Meet the Author Dave Evans is a social media expert whose passion is tapping the power of the social web and applying it to business.   In 1994, Dave cofounded Digital Voodoo, which provides strategic marketing services for clients wanting to tap the power of the social web.  In 2005, he cofounded HearThis.com, a podcasting service firm focused on social media and marketing.  Read More …

Review of The New Influencers

Gillin, Paul. The New Influencers: A Marketer's Guide to the New Social Media.  Quill Driver Books, 2009. ISBN: 9781884956942. Meet the Author Paul Gillin has been reporting on the impact of technology and media for the past twenty-five years.  He is the author of Secrets of Social Media Marketing (2008).  Currently, Gillin advises marketing executives and CEOs on how to turn the new social media to their advantage. For more information visit his blog or business. Book Read More …

Review of The New Rules of Marketing & PR

Scott, David Meerman.  The New Rules of Marketing & PR: How to Use News Releases, Blogs, Podcasting, Viral Marketing & Online Media to Reach Buyers.  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009. ISBN: 978-0-470-37928-8. Meet the Author David Scott Meerman is an award-winning marketing strategist, best-selling author, conference speaker and seminar leader who is best known for writing this book:  The New Rules of Marketing & PR (published first in 2007, then updated in 2009).  Previously Read More …

Review of Flickering Pixels

Hipps, Shane.  Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith.  Zondervan, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-310-29321-7. Meet the Author Shane Hipps is a pastor with a unique perspective on technology and media.  In his first career he was a strategic planner in advertising.  Shane walked away from that profession and entered seminary when he realized he was spending his life perpetuating the consumer culture that was inconsistent with his beliefs.  Since 2005, he has served as lead Pastor of Read More …