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Enhance your communication – learn from Len

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If you are a communicator of any sort, learn from the best. Len Wilson’s blog posts are full of wisdom to help us with better communication and storytelling, whatever our particular focus.

Check our his blog at LenWilson.us. You will be glad you did! Subscribe to his updates. You will not regret it!

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Using powerful online opportunities before Christmas

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I‘ve had to switch radio stations more than once recently, to avoid wall-to-wall Christmas music starting right at the beginning of December. Too much, too soon!

But, out in cyberworld, many millions of non-Christians around the world are already searching online for Christmas-related topics, be it the origin of Christmas, Christmas customs around the world, recipes, songs, how to make decorations, and much much more. And Christmas is a ‘thin space’ – a time when the gap between spiritual reality and physical life can be particularly narrow and transparent.

Your church website, or personal blog, could provide some of the answers they are seeking, while maybe leading them to further insights they did not expect. Yet without preaching, and with an outsider-friendly, jargon-free approach.

Web evangelist Rusty Wright is a very useful source of outsider-friendly free-to-use articles. Here are a selection of his Christmas-related articles that any church or ministry can use, in print or online:

Coping with Loneliness at Christmas. Feeling low this Christmas season? You’re not alone. Amid holiday cheer, many lonely people are crying or dying on the inside. Maybe you’re one of them. I was.

The Christmas Story: Does it Still Matter? Christmas often means time with family, hectic shopping, parties, cards and gifts. But what about the first Christmas? Why is the original story – the baby in a manger, shepherds, wise men, angels – important, if at all? The answer may surprise you.

Are You Listening? Do You Hear What I Hear? Have you ever missed a great opportunity because you weren’t listening carefully? Twenty centuries ago some clues to impending good news of monumental import eluded most folks. Fascinating prophecies of Jesus’ birth and life bring revealing insights into your own life today.

Rusty offers a range of other free-to-use articles on a variety of topics at RustyWright.com.

More resources for Christmas

Video shorts
Another key opportunity is to embed video shorts in your website or blog. You can also post them on social media, or use them in church events as Christmas approaches. The curated video shorts at YesHeIs.com are a good place to start. Check their current Christmas videos. Here’s one:

Cartoon, by the great political cartoonist Papas, appeared in UK’s Manchester Guardian paper circa 1960. Santa Claus is telling the Christmas story to a child, who asks, “But how did it end.” The un-noticed backdrop to the scene: the Cross.

Used by permission of Guardian Newspapers.

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AIDS: More To Do

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In a world full of huge challenges, we all want to declare “Mission Accomplished,” check things off our list and move on. Many have done just that with AIDS. But should that be our response? We have made so much progress, but there is still more to do in combatting AIDS globally.

You can embed GMI ‘missiographics’ in your own blog or website with a few lines of code.

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Free community resources for new Captive movie

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Ethos Media are continuing with the Damaris Trust approach: examining new film releases as a conversation-starting gateway to truth. Their new downloadable resources for the film Captive are now available from ethosmedia.org/captive.


In March 2005, Ashley Smith made headlines around the globe when she talked her way out of the hands of Brian Nichols, after he took her captive for seven hours in her home. Brian was facing trial for rape at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia, but he had overcome his guard and grabbed her gun. He then killed the judge and other court officials before escaping on foot. Through the long dark hours of the night, after Brian had taken Ashley hostage, she read to him excerpts from The Purpose Driven Life and The Bible, which provided a message of hope for two broken people.

This free downloadable PDF Viewer’s Guide, written by Nick and Carol Pollard, tells some of the true story behind the film. Much of this is drawn from the book Unlikely Angel, in which Ashley Smith tells, in her own words, what happened during that fateful night. The Viewer’s Guide also includes quotations from two books that were central to the events of that night: The Purpose Driven Life and The Bible. They hope these will help you in your reflection, whether on your own or in discussion with others.

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The Parting Gift – new short outreach film for Android and Apple smartphones/tablets

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A Simple Tool For Sharing Your Faith In A Powerful Way!

  • A 6 minute short film embedded within a guided explanation of the gospel.
  • Works without the Internet and tracks your progress with helpful statistics.
  • Free training resources available now at wondergatefilms.com, easily equip yourself, your friends, or your church to share the gospel today!

Download the app for free. Search: “The Parting Gift” on the Apple App Store and Google Play store. Works on iPhone, iPad as well as Android phones and tablets.

Find out more at:www.wondergatefilms.com

My name is Chris Bailey and I work at Campus Crusade for Christ Australia’s new film making initiative Wonder Gate Films. Our goal is to make films that illustrate Christ in a way that connects with anyone, no matter what they believe.

I’m very excited to be launching The Parting Gift this year. The film was a huge undertaking and took one year to put together! We filmed entirely on a green screen soundstage, and then worked for five months to create the computer generated sets and props needed to complete the image. It was a highly involved process that has yielded a fantastic result!

The film is embedded inside of a mobile app for phones and tablets that helps you share the gospel with people one on one. Its becoming a great tool for our missionaries and student leaders here in Australia.

Please check it out and see what you think! Why not use it in your ministry? Contact me at www.wondergatefilms.com and let me know if I can help in any way to equip your team or congregation with this tool!

– Christopher Bailey, writer and director of “The Parting Gift”

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Understanding the challenge of refugees: infographic

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The last few years have seen a tragic upsurge in refugee movements. This new GMI ‘missiographic’ explains the situation, and can also be embedded into any webpage.

Stepping Beyond the Tents
Every 4 seconds someone is forced to flee their home. These refugees are vulnerable and without long-term options. Many struggle in significant ways. A few break through and start a new life. Get to know their situation and how you can help as you step beyond the tents.

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Leading change – wisdom from Phil Cooke in Lausanne seminar

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We live in a ‘culture of unlimited choice’, with thousands of messages being communicated to us through a plethora of media platforms. Phil Cooke discusses how ministries and organizations can clearly communicate their cause in this ‘cluttered’ digital age.

This Lausanne 43-minute seminar is worth your investment of time, whether you are a church leader, non-profit, or mission wanting to communicate effectively in a changing world.

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Reading trends and needs in Africa

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To understand people’s reading habits is to get a glimpse into their lives. This infographic from GMI gives you insight into the bookmarks that highlight the patterns of African Christian readers in three countries (Kenya, Angola and Central African Republic). Explore data on reading frequency, favorite authors and trends from the African Leadership Study. Then pray with the Global Church to see more African Christian authors raised up to speak to their communities and the world!

You can subscribe to infographic updates from GMI, and embed them into your own blog or website.

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Digital outreach training days: London, Tirana, Accra, your town?

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One of the best ways to envision people to see the potential of digital evangelism and ministry: draw them together for a training day in their locality, or their own church.

The international team called Indigitous, a broad umbrella of CRU (formerly CCCI) team members, is very active in setting up training days across Africa, Asia and Europe.

Calling all Brits: Training Day in London, UK, Tuesday 26 May

The next Indigitous day conference is in London, 9.30am-4.30pm at the Evangelical Alliance HQ at 176 Copenhagen St, London N1 0ST.

More details on Indigitous site | More details on Facebook

Whatever area of digital ministry interests you, this is for you!

Training days in Albania and Ghana

There are scheduled training days in:

Other training days

You need to keep an eye on the Indigitous site, their Twitter feed, their Facebook group and Facebook community page, to get news of training days in other countries. There does not seem to be a single email update option for new Indigitous resources like these.

Churches need a digital advocate

Consider appointing a digital advocate for your church – someone who can help resource and envision members in using digital media, especially social media, to appropriately share the good news. And perhaps set up training sessions for members too, either in the church or as a cooperative town-based event with other churches and groups.

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Storytelling – key to effective communication

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Helpful look at how and why storytelling works so well.

The Science of Storytelling #infographic

Check other recent posts on storytelling.

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