Articles tagged with: books

22 June 2011

Four Lessons for Life in The Thank You Economy

Posted in Leadership, Social Media

aaaOne of the challenges for churches and ministers working in social media is figuring out how to build meaningful relationships with members, friends, and strangers.

In his book, The Thank You Economy, Gary Vaynerchuk draws on lessons he's learned from working with customers with his wine business and translates them into some great lessons for life, business, social media - and, as I see it, church and ministry.

Its worth reading in its entirety, but here are four big lessons I took away from it:

04 February 2011

What a Book on Cassette Tape Ministry Taught Me About Social Media

Posted in Social Media

cassettesThe other day I came across this book  at my local used bookstore: The Comprehensive Guide to Cassette Ministry: How ordinary Christians can have extraordinary impact for the kingdom of God

Here’s the product description from Amazon:

"Multiply your effectiveness for the kingdom of God through cassette ministry! These ministry tools will expand and multiply how God can use you in new and dynamic ways. Share a copy of last week's sermon. Or, spread the Gospel by handing out New Testament cassettes. The possibilities for cassette ministry are endless. And, it's so easy to give away cassettes! Anyone, anywhere can multiply his effectiveness for the kingdom of God by giving away cassettes."

Cassettes are so easy to give away!  Woohoo!

30 November 2010

Superpastor Must Die

Posted in Leadership, Church

Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith by Rob Bell

superman“Sitting in a chair in a storage room behind the sound booth, I could hear the room filling up with people, and all I wanted to do was leave.” - Rob Bell 

I’ve just finished reading Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith by Rob Bell.  Having watched nearly all of Bell’s NOOMA video series - which I highly recommend - I have to say that much of the book did not seem new.

However, what I did find new and very compelling was Movement Four: Tassles (pp. 96ff) where Bell writes about “superpastor.”

Bell tells the remarkable story of how his church, Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan, drew 1,000 people on its very first Sunday and then exploded to 4,000 people in the first six months.  Two years later, they had 10,000 people to three Sunday gatherings.  He writes, “in the middle of this growth and chaos was me, superpastor.”  Here’s how he describes it:

18 November 2010

Confusing Faith and Religion

Posted in Spirituality, Church

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

imagesI’ve just finished reading Seth’s Godin’s book, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us.  It’s a good, quick read, full of Godin’s unique wisdom and perspective.  I recommend it.  One of the things I like is how he describes our confusion between “faith” and religion.”  I’ve heard this distinction made many times before, but what’s unique in Tribes is how Godin speaks of these terms in what I can only describe as a secular way.  He’s not a church guy, so he’s not trying to defend a particular position within the church.  This stance offers church insiders a good perspective on our own assumptions and use of religious language.