Archive for the ‘Equip’ Category

17May

digital outreach month: rise up and be heard

Christians and social networks, statitstics 

Oh thank God – he’s so good! His love never runs out. All of you set free by God, tell the world! Tell how he freed you from oppression, then rounded you up from all over the place, from the four winds, from the seven seas. – Psalm 107:2, The Message

By Tami Heim

When you surrendered your life to Christ and confessed Jesus as Lord – you were anointed by the Holy Spirit to be significant. Yes, that’s right, as your name was written in the book of life the nod was given and the expectation set that your life and words would proclaim His redemptive plan to restore whosoever believes. Now, like no other time in history, the significance of a Christ follower’s voice and potential impact for the kingdom has never been greater.


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10May

10 Things We Wish Pastors Would “Get” About Social Media

evangelism, sharing your faith online, Twitter, Facebook, Christians, pastors

Is your pastor connecting with the world on social networks?

 

Where there is no wise guidance, the nation falls, but in the multitude of counselors there is victory. ~Prov. 11:14

by Toni Birdsong
No doubt, more pastors are jumping into the social media conversation. Still, many more have yet to “get it.” If we could, we’d (respectfully) give pastors some straight talk about the untapped power of social networks for sharing the gospel and their role in the equation. If you are a youth pastor you can multiply the importance of this post by 10.

So, dear pastors, here are 10 things we’d love for you to understand about social media:

1. Technology + influence = power. The church needs a voice at the online table locally, nationally and globally. Political systems are being influenced (and overthrown) via social networks. The church needs to be in the conversation influencing the culture with God’s word—not the other way around. This influence needs to start with our pastors, our leaders.


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29Apr

Get ready: It’s all about internet evangelism & national prayer in May

Internet Evangelism Day, Internet Evangelism Month, National Day of Prayer, sharing Christ online, Toni Birdsong, outreach Pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message.
~ Colossians 4:3

by Toni Birdsong
Buckle up believers, May promises to be a month of unity, prayer, and power. If depositing God’s unchanging truth into today’s culture is important to you, we urge you to personally get involved with two key movements.

Internet Evangelism Month

“You don’t need to be technical. There are many simple ways to be salt and light in cyberspace,” says Tony Whittaker, Internet Evangelism (IE) Day coordinator.

May 1, Sunday, marks the kick-off of Internet Evangelism Month and May 15 is the official worldwide IE Day. IE Month encourages believers to take the national movement of digital evangelism to their local churches.


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19Apr

the seduction of cyber celebrity

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? –Mark 8:36

By Tami Heim

Social media in the land of shiny things, allows virtually anyone the opportunity to affirm and feed your ego with something as simple as a like, follow or retweet button. If you’re not careful, you can end up like our friend over there, hanging out in the pot on the stove. He’s absolutely clueless he’s only a few degrees away from, well, you know

Matt Brown, the Pastor of Sandals Church said, “The enemy of authenticity is celebrity.”

If you don’t have your ego in check,  the seduction of cyber celebrity can take you down fast-really fast. It requires daily surrender for anyone wanting to keep it real and maintain a God-centered perspective online. Be sure you know the warning signs when you get close to danger. Check your temperature often. When the enemy starts messing with you-things can heat up quickly.

Here’s summary of how cyber seduction happens…


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18Apr

15 stickiest moments from the NOW Conference

And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow me.” John 21:18b, NKJV

by Tami Heim
High impact was redefined this past weekend when the Lifeway Threads staff assembled 15 speakers to pour into 500+ young adults for 22 hours. Friday night at 6:50 PM the doors of the Brentwood Baptist Church opened  to host the first ever  NOW Conference. Aaron Keyes and  the worship team launched the event by clearing out the clutter, amping up the energy, and preparing hungry hearts to receive exactly what God had for them.

Experiential and unconventional were promised and based on the buzz at the breaks and trending twitter feed, the desired outcome was achieved. God’s Word dominated each hour and it was impossible to escape the urgent call to live and give others the Gospel-NOW.

On the pages of custom-designed notebooks and through the hashtag twitter stream, sacred impressions were captured in the instant the Holy Spirit interpreted them. While the event was designed for young adults, truth is relevant at any age and it begs to be given away. The NOW of living missional applies to all of us.

Here are fifteen of the stickiest moments from the NOW Conference, the speakers who shared them, and the theme of each presentation.


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15Apr

Don’t slip quietly into heaven. You’ve been anointed for war.

“Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly into heaven, without having blown the trumpet loud and long for our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Let us see to it that the devil will hold a thanksgiving service in hell, when he gets the news of our departure from the field of battle.” ~C. T. Studd

by Toni Birdsong
It’s messy, this war. The shrapnel of flesh and bone is nowhere to be found; still the death toll rises. Dark and light come to blows in a fiery clash and the battlefield rattles beneath our boots. The arms we bear—love, mercy, grace—have brought rebels to ruin and taken down Kings.

Today, you’ve been chosen to meet with the Almighty.

Today, you’ve been anointed to war like David and preach like Paul.

Today, you’ve been given victory over the perimeters of heaven.

Take up your arms:

  1. Examination & Prayer. Read 2 Corinthians 13:5.
  2. Forgiveness & Cleansing. Read 1 John 1:9.
  3. An Undivided Heart. Read I Chronicles 28:9.
  4. The Word. Read Proverbs 4:13.
  5. Fellowship. Read Hebrews 10:25.
  6. The Crown. Read 1 Corinthians 9: 24-25.

Can you feel the war that wages around you? What weapons have you chosen?

Post/Tweet this:
We bear arms of Love that have brought rebels to ruin and taken down Kings. War on, beloved. #LiveSticky

 


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14Apr

The exaggeration epidemic: could you be infected?

evangelism, honesty online, transparency online, authenticity online, sharing Christ online

Are you keeping it real or laying it on thick?

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. Prov. 12:22

by Toni Birdsong
Let’s just call it what it is: cajolery, flattery, smooth talk, snowing, buttering up, or just good ol’ brown nosing. The truth remains that insincerity (however unintentional) is part of the verbal currency of the digital landscape. And while flattering words can win you friends and fans online, this kind of daily digital banter can be risky business for a Christ follower.

While exaggeration has been part of social hierarchies since the beginning of time, it paints a spiritually destructive layer of duplicity over our hearts. It’s often easy to rationalize the amplification of the truth but, by definition, exaggeration really is lying . . .


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12Apr

how to use the new Facebook Questions feature to share your faith

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
 knock and the door will be opened to you.  Matthew 7:7

by Toni Birdsong
The new Facebook Questions tool just took the faith conversation to the next level. Whether you use the new feature on your personal, church, or ministry page, engaging your community around just got a lot more interesting—and measurable.

The feature allows you to engage your friends (personal page) and your fans (brand/ministry/church page) in a more relevant, conversational way. You can use the function as a listening tool, a conversation starter, and as a way to share your knowledge. The best part: it’s super easy to set up and use. Check out the ministry benefits . . .


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11Apr

living out your mission, NOW

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11, NIV

by Tami Heim

How different does life look when you’re living true to the mission God has planned for you? Several years ago a leader from Youth With A Mission (YWAM) addressed one of the EQUIP board meetings I was attending. He presented a worldwide strategy for evangelism and then went on to discuss the four questions every person desires to be answered:

Who am I?
Why am I here?
What’s going on in the world?
How do I make a difference in it?


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7Apr

8 ways to use your social networks to increase your church’s reach

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. John 5:24

by Tami Heim
Things are cooking: It’s exciting to see more and more churches developing their online presence and making a Kingdom impact in the world. For example, when you look at the ground breaking ministry of LifeChurch.TV and its senior pastor Craig Groeschel, you begin to see what’s possible when a church fuses evangelism and technology. Of course we’re always excited at @stickyJesus when we encounter any church that’s passionate about digital missions.

But what’s happening in your own church? Maybe yours isn’t fully wired and you aren’t sure what you can do. Today we’re going to give you 8 ways God can use you to communicate the life-changing things He is doing in your church.

So let’s roll…


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