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What Works Better: A Physical Church Office or a Virtual One?

As the church wrestles with being the Ekklesia in our ever-converged digital/physical world, the environment of the church office is affected as well. I have heard of some churches that do not have a physical office at all while others require staff to maintain a constant, physical presence in the office.

I want to share with you this great podcast by Don Miller of The Storybrand Podcast. He interviews two guests with two contrasting points of view.

  • Bryan Miles, author of Virtual Culture: The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore (Check it out on Amazon. Affiliate Link)
  • Jacob Morgan, author of The Employee Experience Advantage: How to Win the War for Talent by Giving Employees the Workspaces they Want, the Tools they Need, and a Culture They Can Celebrate (Check it out on Amazon. Affiliate Link)
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While this podcast is targeted more at the business world, we are all living in this same converged digital/physical culture, so I believe this is well worth listening to as a church leader.

Discussion

What are your thoughts? Should the church adopt a culture of staff working from virtual offices, stick with physical only, or a hybrid approach? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Resources to empower your amazing audio techs

Managing the “sound board” is not as easy as it looks. Have you seen all those knobs and slider things? I should pause here and correct myself. It is not a “sound board”…. It is an “audio mixer.” Using the correct terminology could score you some points with your audio technicians. Acting on what is in the rest of this post could really score you even more points.

Some people have a natural talent for mixing audio. Most people, whether paid or volunteer, need some sort of training or mentoring.

Here is a list of four resources that I encourage you to check out. Take a look at these. As a church, offer to pay for your audio techs to go through these training(s) that best fit your people.

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4 Redefined Words The Church Must Learn To Stay Relevant In Today’s Culture

Does our world seem different to you? It does to me. Life and ministry in today's new culture is different. While times change throughout one's life, our world has changed dramatically just in the last 20 years or so…not to mention the last five years.

We are living in a new culture. If you were born before the turn of the millennium, you were born as a resident of the Gutenberg Era. This makes you and I what Leonard Sweet calls “Gutenbergers.” (See Sweet's book Viral: How Social Networking Is Poised to Ignite Revival on Amazon)

This puts us in quite the challenging position at this point in history. As Gutenbergers we have been greatly influenced by the core aspects of the Gutenberg Era, a 500 year-long era which no longer exists.

You and I have awakened in a new culture, yet we did not have the transition period we would if we had intentionally packed up and moved to another culture. Since we cannot turn back the clock and return to our known era and culture, it is important and necessary for us to learn our new culture so we can more effectively communicate our core Christian beliefs and make a positive impact on this new world in which we live, work, minister, and play.

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Six Social Media Lessons from Martin Luther

In the past decade entire countries have been changed through the use of social media. While the particular types of social media may be new, the actual use of social media has been changing cultures throughout history.  As we observe the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Thesis on the front door of the church in Wittenberg, the focus will rightly be on how that sparked the Protestant Reformation. What is easy to miss is how the use of contemporary social media was used to fan the flames of the Reformation. Here are six social media lessons that we can learn from Martin Luther.

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What You Need To Know About Your Church’s Digital Ministry Quotient

We find ourselves in a new culture that speaks a different language, defines traditional terms in ways we never thought possible, and is more connected yet disconnected than ever before.

Without the benefit of moving to a new country, we as individuals have awakened in a digital culture defined by mobile, social, and bandwidth connectivity. The challenge is that the Church has been slow to wake up to the fact that we are in the middle of a seismic culture shift not seen since the early years of the Gutenberg Press. The result has been the impression that the church is irrelevant and disconnected from culture.

Jesus called His people to be the Ekklesia in the world. The exciting thing about this new culture in which we find ourselves is the Ekklesia can BE the Ekklesia today more than any time in history.

This means, however, that we need to develop a strategy for doing ministry in our new Digital, Social, Mobile, Bandwidth intensive culture. McKinsey&Company has developed an assessment of how a business’s digital maturity and capabilities drive financial performance. They refer to this as the Digital Quotient (DQ™).

The DQ™ assesses four major outcomes proven to drive digital performance:

  1. Strategy—the vision, goals, and strategic tenets that are in place to meet short-term, mid-term, and long-term digital-business aspirations
  2. Culture—the mind-sets and behaviors critical to capture digital opportunities
  3. Organization—the structure, processes, and talent supporting the execution of the digital strategy
  4. Capabilities—the systems, tools, digital skills, and technology in place to achieve strategic digital goals

So what does this have to do with the church?

While the DQ™ may have been developed with business in mind, it gets to the core of today’s culture. We, the Church, need to seriously evaluate how we do ministry while maintaining the integrity of the Message.

How is your church doing in each of these areas?

Strategy

Does your church have a digital ministry vision and strategy? If so, does it align with the vision and strategy of your church?

Culture

Does the culture of your church foster and encourage the use of the digital tools available to achieve the mission of the church? Are staff and leaders mindful of opportunities for digital ministry? Are you looking for innovative ways to use digital means to reach the lost and make disciples?

Organization

Is your church adding volunteers and staff in key positions to lead in using digital tools for ministry? Are key ministry workflows optimized by digital tools? Do you think digital first in marketing and communications?

Capabilities

Has your church invested in digital tools and training for leaders, volunteers, and staff to effectively minister in our digital age?

Next Step

The goal of leveraging digital tools is not to move the focus from God to technology. Nor is it to put the digital before people. We live in a digital world where people are impacted in all they do by some form of digital influence. We need to learn the language of our new culture and use these tools to open doors, make more time for building relationships, communicate effectively, train and empower Christians for daily living and greater influence to be the Ekklasia like never before.

Take some time alone to look at the four DQ™ outcomes. How is your church doing in these areas? Celebrate what you are doing well. Where is there room for improvement? Outline a plan for the next 90 days to improve in these areas. At the end of 90 days, repeat this evaluation and make any needed adjustments.

 

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