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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.

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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Combining Millennials, Technology & The Church

By Hannah Osborne | Sep 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is an excerpt from the ebook, Millennials and the Church, written by Hannah Osborne.

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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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The Effects of Technology on Millennials

By Hannah Osborne | Aug 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is an excerpt from the ebook, Millennials and the Church, written by Hannah Osborne.

Millennials have grown up relying on technology. Those born in the early 1980s might remember a time without computers, but TVs were most likely a household staple, and video game systems quickly became a major form of entertainment for young people.

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Engaging Volunteers Using Facebook Groups

By Andrew Osborne | Jun 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

It doesn’t really matter how large your congregation is, there will always be more work to do than your church staff can handle on their own. If you take a good look at thriving congregations, their church staff typically isn’t comprised of doers; it is comprised of equippers. Of course, staff workers will end up doing a lot of the work themselves, but to really get things done, they need to be able to equip their volunteers to assist them in doing the work. 

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What Your Church Sign Communicates

By Ann Ciaccio | May 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Co-written by Rev. Keith Haney, Mission Facilitator, LCMS Northern Illinois District

We see them all the time while driving down roads. Some brick and mortar, others monument, and the most recent trend - the led message center signs.

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Who Are You? Defining Your Church’s Identity

By Ann Ciaccio | Mar 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

“Who are you? Who? Who? Who? Who?”

Sound familiar? It follows with “I really wanna know.” For younger people (or those that don’t listen to classic music) it’s the lyrics from a 1978 song by the WHO. It is also the question being asked by people who do not know your congregation.

When it comes to defining the identity of your church, the question you need to ask yourself is, “What are we telling them?”

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How to Use a Screen in Worship without Worshiping a Screen

By Hannah Osborne | Feb 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM

I love new things combined with old. I love seeing age-old ideas expressed in new viewpoints, common assumptions presented in innovative forms, and outdated principles rethought in fresh ways. Unsurprisingly, I love seeing the Gospel presented in compelling new ways.

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Why I Use an iPad during Worship

By Rev. Daniel Ross | Feb 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

“It’s already a big enough change that a pastor is using an iPad to lead service.” An innocent comment, but it struck me nonetheless.

I had recently accepted a call to a church where the other pastor was retiring. I was called to be the Senior and then Sole Pastor. Talking to the soon-to-be-retiring pastor, I mentioned that I hoped to change as little as possible the first year (a new pastor is usually change enough!). And, that is when he made the above comment.

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