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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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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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Pokémon GO Opens New Doors for Ministry

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Aug 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

You might have recently noticed a new phenomenon happening in your city, and particularly around your church. Groups of youth and young adults (and a few older adults) roaming in packs throughout the city, staring intently at their cell phones. They’re searching for something, and they won’t rest until they’ve collected them all.  Pokémon GO has arrived.

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Hands-on with the HTC Vive

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Jul 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A few months ago, I detailed the different virtual reality headsets coming to the market in 2016.  Thanks to a timely birthday/Father’s Day combo (thanks, kids!), I was able to get my hands on an HTC Vive kit to do my own hands-on testing. What I’ve found makes me more certain than ever that VR is a game changer going forward in a number of different areas.

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Promoting and Covering Your Event through Social Media (Part 2)

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Jul 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is part 2 of a series called “Promoting and Covering Your Event through Social Media” by Seth Hinz and Bill Johnson.

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Promoting and Covering Your Event through Social Media (Part 1)

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Jul 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is part 1 of a series called “Promoting and Covering Your Event through Social Media” by Seth Hinz and Bill Johnson.

One often-overlooked piece of event planning and promotion is a solid social media plan. Whether it’s for your district, circuit, or home congregation, solid social media awareness can increase attendance and allow those who are unable to be present to have a taste of what the experience is like (and hopefully attend the next time!). There are a lot of angles to consider, though, and while this probably won’t be an exhaustive list, hopefully youll find some food for thought here.

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Social Media and the Death of Reason

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

As we find ourselves in the middle of an election season, you don’t have to go very far to find people expressing their opinions on a variety of topics.  This has always been true, of course, but in the last several decades a new forum has arisen, allowing people to have unprecedented reach as they express themselves about things they’re passionate about, and they don’t always agree.

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