Monthly Archives: May 2009
Here is an excellent example of how a pastor used technology to capture a “teachable moment” in ministry. Then he made it into an excellent illustration to teach about Jesus. And again used technology to continue his living commentary on our Lord.
Jesus, the Son of God, entered our stinking cesspool of self-pity to become the Son of Man; so He could lead us to the cross, where our sin is freely exchanged for His righteousness, and where there is no guilt, no pride and no self-pity. The cross marks the way out of this cesspool of self-pity.
Here’s a pastor and church that gets it. What, how to use digital technology today! Pastor Chad Bowen at Metamorphosis Church in Greenville, SC. Check out this recent news cast, and follow the links to the article and to the church website.
You can read more about how Pastor Chad Bowen and the Metamorphosis Church is using social networking technologies to spread the Word of God through Amy Wood’s article on the Channel 7 News site: http://www.wspa.com/spa/news/local/article/tweeting_the_word/17767/
And check out their super multimedia website at: http://metachurch.cc/
These guys really know how to use digital technology to reach the “technology” generation. My congratulations to Pastor Bowen and his great team.
Hey, if you want to find out about a great youth ministry, and see a great ministry website, check out http://jasonhopelive.org.
The [jth]Team is doing a great job reaching young people with revelant ministry by using all the media and technology that their audience knows and expects. Books, video, audio, public appearances, web, blog, twitter, whatever it takes, they are reaching out with a message of encouragement and HOPE.
Jason and his team have just published a new book, Field of Grace, which you can get directly from their website store.
In addition to this great website, Jason publishes a blog, http://entourage.jasonhopelive.org where Jason and his team keep everyone informed of their ministry activities.
Both the website and the blog address many vital issues affecting young adults today. The “Hot Topics” list includes topics like:
And they don’t pull any punches in telling the truth from God’s Word and from their hearts.
I encourage you to visit their website, check out Jason’s book, and stay connected with this vital ministry.
OK, that sounds way to …. Well, it is a transformation of sorts! And if you think it isn’t a huge effort, I certainly have some things you can do in your spare time. I need to stop complaining and get to the point. Here’s where we are as of May 8, 2009.
JasonHopeLive.org is converted and being completely managed by Jason and Lauren. This one went very well, but then I expected that because Lauren is smart, professional and on top of everything. Nothing gets past her, and so my job is more as coach than anything else. I appreciate Jason and Lauren’s support and encouragement, as well as their technical expertice and boundless energy. I learned a great deal from converting their site, and now I hope to put that new knowledge to work.
That was the good news folks. Now we come back down to reality.
I am stuck in the mud with HolinessAndUnity.org. I was able to design a home page just fine, and that went rather quickly, if not smoothly. But I can’t seem to come up with a template for the inside pages or the blog. I used some dramatic graphics and probably too much contrast and color on the home page; so that nothing that has any room for content looks even remotely good by comparison. I love that home page and I surely don’t want to part with it, but the entire conversion is stuck waiting for the guts of the site to happen. Maybe they would be happy with just a home page? I need some inspiration, from above please, to get me out of this rut.
FireEscapeMountainHome.org is a new project waiting to get started. I was there tonight, and both Rick and Michelle asked about the webpage. Once upon a time I mentioned something to them about “the first of May.” Now to any graphic designer or programmer, “the first of” really means “any time during — if you’re lucky.” Why is it that clients never understand the fine points of project management and status reporting? Well, I must, must, must, get FireEscapeMountainHome.org done this coming week. I only live 10 miles away from there. They can come to get me anytime, so I have to get this one done.
So that’s May and into June. What comes after that, I can’t say for sure. I’d like to get AfricanChruchPlanting.org converted, because Eva has updates and I am having trouble with them in TYPO3. Actually, I am having trouble with HolinessAndUnity.org updates as well. They take time away from conversions. After Eva’s site, I think I would look at BowmanChurch.org. But by that time, who knows what the priorities might be.
I’ve been doing this ministry since 1998, and it has never gotten any easier. I am always late, short on inspiration, and long on headaches. Still, for whatever reason, God keeps telling me to stick with it. So I stumble along and my gracious Lord makes it all work out just fine.
I’m thinking of putting up a prayer request site. If you have any ideas along those lines, let me know.
Blessings to you.
I just finished the redo of Jason Hope Ministries web site (jasonhopelive.org). You should visit his page and see what is going on there. He has just published his first book, “Field of Grace.” I can’t wait to get my copy!
This website is a milestone for Digital Ministries in that it is our first transition from TYPO3 to WordPress. To make this possible, I adopted a WordPress theme that would alow me to use “child themes” to copy same theme and adapt it for various websites. This structure is important to us for two reasons. First it allows me to become familiar with one WordPress theme, so that I can adapt it quickly to meet the needs of a variety of clients. Second it makes it possible for meto help clients with common usage issues. I chose the Hybrid these as the base, and then consulted several child themes to come up with one that would do the job for Jason Hope Ministries. Once I learn “the ropes” on this project, I hope to start converting more clients.