Latest News and Trends
I subscribe to quite a few blogs, research and news sites that pertain to online ministry. I pick the best of those articles and share them in Google reader, along with my thoughts about them. Click the image below to see those shared items – or click the subscribe link below to add it to your feed reader or receive it in email.
Best Practices Research
From November 2007 to April 2008, over 300 ministries took the survey and reported on how they were doing Internet ministry. From the data collected, a series of “best practices” were developed matching ministries who reported success with their Internet presence with answers to the survey questions. I presented the results of this research at the Internet Ministry Conference in October 2008. Click on the image below to get the research report.
As part of my Internet Ministry course in the spring of 2008, I developed a strategy methodology that can be used to help in the planning and implementation of online ministry. This methodology will be useful to you whether you are first starting out or have been online for years. This methodology is a modification of a methodology first developed by Viggo Sogaard. Click the image below to download the PDF strategy worksheet. Click here to download the RTF version.Â Updated for 2010.
There is a great need for education and training for online ministry. How do you do it? What parts of our ministry should be online? What’s available for free? After doing my best practices research project and teaching my class on Internet ministry last year, I am now planning to teach an online course in this area. The next scheduled session for this course is for summer 2013. And stay tuned for an upcoming certificate program in this area!
In 2007, I led a team at my church to do a website redesign. As part of this process, I did a whole church survey. On two consecutive Sundays, my team passed out a survey to the church members asking them several different questions on how they use the Internet. The surveys were done on paper and handed out inside the church bulletin. They were also handed out in all the Sunday School classes (Junior High and older) and during mid-week meetings. You can find a copy of the surveys (in Word format, 8.5 x 5.5 paper size) by clicking below. For full details on the survey, go to the blog post I wrote about it.
Shane Hipps Interview
As part of my Internet ministry class in the spring of 2009, I did an interview (via Skype) with Shane Hipps. In the interview, we discuss some of his overall philosophies regarding media and ministry, and spend a few minutes discussing how this relates to online ministry. Click the image below to see the interview (30 minute Quicktime video).
Using Web 2.0
I wrote a blog series a while back on how a ministry could get online without having to install or pay for anything by simply using “web 2.0″ tools such as WordPress, YouTube, and Flickr. Click on the image below to get a link to that series.
The Pew Internet Project
Anyone doing planning for online ministry would be wise to understand what resources are available to help with planning. The Project produces reports exploring the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life. The Project aims to be an authoritative source on the evolution of the internet through surveys that examine how Americans use the internet and how their activities affect their lives. Click on the image below for a link to more info about the project and access to their site.
I keep a listing of books that I have found helpful in my Amazon bookstore.Â Click here to read the book reviews I have written. Click the image below to go to the bookstore and, if you are interested in the books, buy it from there to help support my research and educational initiatives!