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  • • an annual worldwide focus day on a Sunday in Spring, as the culmination of Digital Outreach Month. Churches and other groups are encouraged to create a focus spot or digital training day, either on that Sunday, or indeed at any time of the year. Next IE Day is 1 June 2014.
  • • a year-round resource guide about web, mobile and digital media outreach

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Understanding media and evangelism – Phil Cooke conversation video

Lots of challenging wisdom from Phil Cooke | @PhilCooke, author of Creative Christian Media, on creatives, media, culture, storytelling, film, evangelism and effective communication.

Here are 18 minutes of high-value insights – do make the time to watch over the weekend.

A Conversation With Phil Cooke from Future of the Church on Vimeo.

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Latest Qualman ‘Socialnomics’ video short released today

Erik Qualman has done it again. Released his latest annual iteration of his view of the state of social media, as a 3-minute YouTube summary:

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Collaboration leverages effectiveness for gospel: video and free ebook

See what can happen when mission agencies collaborate AND use digital effectively, in this video by Create International, producers of films for the Majority World: listing. (Other related groups that may help you: Visual Story Network and Mobile Ministry Forum.)

Of course, collaboration is vital in any area of ministry, in whatever location: “All of us are smarter than one of us.”

The definitive book to read is Well Connected – Releasing Power, Restoring Hope Through Kingdom Partnerships by Phill Butler, available as a free PDF download. He is a member of the visionSynergy team, who are facilitators for collaboration projects. “It’s a must read,” says Bob Buford of Leadership Network.

Video also available in Mandarin.

Graphic credit: Vanessa Miemis/Flickr | Creative Commons. Other collaboration graphics available in her collaboration set.

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Free ebook: Why Every Leader Must Blog

Blogger Rodlie Ortiz is offering a free ebook to all those who follow his blog.


In his book Why Every Leader Must Blog: 7 Reasons To Start Now & 11 Tips To Get You Started, his contention is an established one – that what we sit down to consider, think around, and write about, we understand and remember far better. That’s why you used to write essays at school and college, remember? It’s one reason why people keep journals or diaries, or even take notes during sermons.

So he is suggesting that Christian leaders will benefit themselves considerably by writing for others! Sign up to receive his blog updates at ModernEkklesia, and you will be given the download link.

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Using hashtags effectively: infographic

Helpful infographic from Huffington Post on using hashtags effectively:

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Understanding creatives – and exciting vacancies in UK

Creatives think and function differently to many of us. Understand them. Give them space. They are often the best communicators in your church or team. Or could be if you’d let them. See 18 Things Highly Creative People do Differently.

Len Wilson is a Christian creative and storyteller with many insights. Check his latest blog post Five Places to Spot a Good Idea. You can sign up to receive email updates of his blog posts – I highly recommend them for learning more on creativity and good communication.

Check also the well-reviewed Kindle ebook by Ed Cyzewski: Creating Space: The Case for Everyday Creativity – short, but costs less than a coffee (Amazon gives a ‘look inside’ preview option). Ed’s other books include the currently free-on-Kindle A Path to Publishing: What I Learned by Publishing a Nonfiction Book. Ed blogs at In a Mirror Dimly.

See other recent posts on storytelling and effective communication. And please share in our comments section any helpful resources for creatives that you know.

Vacancies for creatives in UK

Damaris in Southampton UK has vacancies.

And also for creatives living in UK, there are some exciting and strategic vacancies in Brighton, in a new base for evangelistic literature and digital ministry:

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Call2All video on the potential for ‘media missionaries’

What are ‘media missionaries’? This Call2All video explains the strategic nature of different types of digital media in the Majority World:

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“You lost me” – why engaging with the mosaic generation requires digital

David Kinnaman highlights a critical issue facing the church today in this 2:53 video clip:

Jordan explains the same problem from her own experience: Why the Church isn’t Reaching my Unchurched Friends.

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Did you believe digital usage was this wide? Opportunities for ministry

If you want to get a sense of the remarkable penetration of digital media around the world, or use some of these slides in seminars to present the challenge of digital ministry worldwide, this is for you:

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Sheridan Voysey: being heard in a secular world


Sheridan Voysey is an Australian writer, speaker and broadcaster currently living in Oxford UK. You may have see his recent new book Resurrection Year, which has helped many. Check his blog.

Here he is speaking at the November 2013 Christian New Media Conference in London. His insights into appropriate effective evangelism apply across the spectrum:

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