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Technology should not transform ministry, but rather do the things that people don’t have to do so they can do what they do best.

Rev. Bill Johnson

Rev. Bill Johnson serves as the Director of Educational Technology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He’s passionate about finding effective ways to share the Gospel with emerging generations and new ways to use technology to form the next generation of servants for the Church. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with his wife and three teenage daughters. Please pray for him.
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5 Ideas and a Tip for Facebook Live

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Jan 31, 2017 9:00:00 AM


By now, you’ve probably heard about the fuss surrounding Facebook Live.  If not, Andrew’s got an article from last month that’s a great place to start.  But once you’ve started playing with it, how can you use FB Live to connect your members, your leadership and your surrounding community?  Here’s a few thoughts:

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The State of Social Media in 2017

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Jan 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If there’s one constant in the world of technology and communication, it’s that things change.  This is especially true when you have technologies that involve communication and where rapid development is rewarded with public interest, market share and, hopefully, profit.  It’s probably not a surprise, then, that the landscape of social media continues to shift rapidly, and it’s easy to get lost in the details.  Whether you’re a church beginning to dip your toe in the social media world or a seasoned professional trying to discover the next right thing to focus on, it’s important to have a high level view of the terrain going forward. 

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How WikiLeaks Changes the Face of Government Transparency

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Nov 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

 

Now that the election is over and the dust is starting to settle, it’s a good time to stop and take a look at how WikiLeaks not only significantly influenced and impacted the U.S. presidential election but also affects other parts of the world.

Love it or hate it, WikiLeaks has begun a campaign to open the world’s governments and to enable people to see how things work in more direct, transparent ways. 

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Incremental Change vs. Transformational Change (Part 2)

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Oct 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Part two of a two-part series on Incremental Change vs. Transformational Change by Rev. Bill Johnson.

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Incremental Change vs. Transformational Change (Part 1)

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Oct 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Part one of a two-part series on Incremental Change vs. Transformational Change by Rev. Bill Johnson.

An author I once read (and have now forgotten the name of) shared a story about incremental change. Take a photo. It’s a good photo, and probably one you’ll look back at often, but it’s just a photo. Take a second photo of the same subject moments later. Now, switch back and forth between the two photos. You will see that a few things have changed, and the experience will begin to feel a bit like one of those “Spot the Difference” puzzles you find in the Sunday newspapers. It’s a change, but it’s really just a notch forward. Two pictures aren’t really all that much different than one picture. This is incremental change.

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Reformation 2016 Resources

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Oct 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As you may know, Reformation Day is coming up in just a few weeks.  While Reformation 2017 is going to be the big celebration (500 years since the beginning of the Reformation), there’s still 2016 to celebrate.  To make your planning for both 2016 and 2017 a bit easier, here are a few web based resources for preparing your celebration.

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How to Identify Your Audience

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Sep 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

When you’re starting a communication campaign, whether it’s for your business, church or non-profit, the first two questions you need to ask are “Who am I speaking to?” and “What do they need to hear from me?”  Those questions seem simple, but in reality they’re deceptively complicated.  We’ll deal with the second one next month, but for this month I’d like to tackle some of the things to consider when identifying your audience.

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I Hate Passwords Too: A Quick Guide to Secure Passwords

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Sep 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

I’m not sure anyone likes passwords.  They’re clumsy, hard to remember and increasingly easy to crack. There are a few things you can do, however, to make your passwords easier to remember and more secure.

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What the Church Can Take Away from the Equation Group Hack

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Sep 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

There was some big news last month, and it had nothing to do with the US presidential election or the Olympics. Because of this, it largely went unnoticed by major media channels, but it’s something we should all be aware of.

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What the Church Can Learn from No Man’s Sky

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Sep 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Perhaps no game has been more anticipated (and more divisive) in the gaming community than the recent release of No Man’s Sky. Hyped as a nearly infinite universe, it enabled players to explore the breadth of its over 18 quintillion stars, each with its own planets, moons, plants, animals, and ecosystems. The player is cast in the role of a survivor of a starship crash and must repair his or her ship and make a way boldly forth into the unknown. 

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