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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.
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Starting with the why – how to inspire action

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TED lectures are frequently a mine of wisdom. Check Simon Sinek explaining a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” Watch both Simon’s talks on TED.

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Slide presentations that people remember and don’t sleep through

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How often have you sat (or slept) through slide presentations that were, well, forgettable confusion? Michael Hyatt is the communication guru who wrote the excellent book Platform – Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Here, he discusses issues in creating slide sets that actually communicate well.

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Africa infographic: last 20 years, next 20 years

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The latest infographic from GMI (below) charts the huge changes in Africa over the last 20 years, and also highlights the growth of mobile phone access from zero to near universal. The huge benefits to Africa of improved communication through mobile and the Internet have been covered frequently in many blogs and reports – economic growth, development, health and education are all being transformed through digital.

Digital evangelism and discipleship are growing in significance. Indigitous has just completed a 3-day digital ministry conference in Ethiopia, and plans others. Video report above or watch on YouTube. You can also follow them on Facebook.

Cybermissions Africa held a strategic conference in Uyo Nigeria during April, and plan further meetings, seminars and conferences. Check their Facebook page.

With most Africans accessing the web and digital resources using mobile phones, our priority is to develop evangelism and discipleship mediated through mobiles. The Mobile Ministry Forum are the team to connect with for resources, networking and an annual consultation.

20/20: Progress & Challenges in Africa
While there are many reasons for the changes in Africa over the past 20 years, the release of Nelson Mandela and the spotlight he brought to Africa is a significant milestone. As the world mourned his loss in 2013, there is value in looking back over the past 20 years since his release from prison and the next 20 years and ask the question, “Given the amazing progress and significant changes, what is the role of the Church?” This Missiographic strives to provide some insight into this question.

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

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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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3 Revolutions Impacting Internet Evangelism: new shareable infographic from Global Mapping

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Infographics are a great way to communicate a strategic visual overview of any topic. Global Mapping’s new series of mission-related infographics are very helpful. This month they have summarized some vital trends and opportunities for digital evangelism, in this ‘missiographic’ entitled 3 Revolutions Impacting Internet Evangelism ▼

Grateful thanks to GMI for creating this valuable resource, coincidentally in the very week that the Mobile Ministry Consultation is taking place.

What opportunities does this infographic highlight for you? What other areas of digital ministry would you like to see crystalized into an infographic? Please add your comments.



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Get free world mission infographics newsletter from GMI

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Infographics are a hugely significant way of portraying complex truths visually.

Missiographics, from the mission researchers at Global Mapping International, is a new twice-a-month newsletter designed to bring together mission data and powerful visuals. Each issue will include an infographic with a link to download it, plus suggestions to help you think through the implications it may have for your life and ministry. Sound like something you can use?

I happen to know that one of their infographics in course of preparation will cover the whole scope and significance of digital evangelism.

This publication will launch in October, but you can get a sample by signing up now. It’s free. Subscribe here.

We have featured other infographics in previous posts relating to digital ministry.

What sort of infographics do you find the most useful? Add your comments below.

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YouTube – the opportunity for channels

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If you are a church or nonprofit, a YouTube channel may be an appropriate and valuable addition to your advocacy. Here’s an infographic that may encourage you:

See recent posts on the strategic value of video shorts.

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Free mission promoter’s ebook: Bringing the World to Your Church

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Does your church have a missions advocate (by whatever name) – someone who is the go-to resource person to link the fellowship with news, resources and people connected with world missions, and to coordinate support for any who have been sent out from your church to serve elsewhere. Or are you considering appointing such a person? Please share this resource with them and your church leadership team.

Bringing the World to Your Church is a valuable handbook to help mission advocates. Previously published as a paperback (and still available secondhand), it is now published as a free ebook download.

It is full of valuable practical ideas. The only issue to be aware of – it was written before social networking came along, so you need to overlay its lessons with an understanding of how networking can leverage missions awareness in your church fellowship, as well as connect directly with missions staff and news from around the world.

Check also our other free ebook recommendations.

Digital advocates

There is equally a big need for churches to appoint a ‘digital advocate’ – someone who can resource, guide and train members of the fellowship to use social media, especially in terms of appropriate evangelism. Learn more.

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Infographic: how to get more shares on Facebook

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Helpful advice from Socially Stacked – a good source of tips for social media communication. And a second infographic below from WhitefireSEO on how social media boosts your web site’s search engine positioning.


Social Media and SEO – An infographic by the team at WhiteFire, an SEO Company

Check our other recent posts on social networking opportunities and resources.

If you are a church that has not yet started with social media, here are three reasons to begin. And Internet Toolbox for Churches is wonderful resource for churches to learn how to use digital media to connect with outsiders.

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Storytelling: an expert explains how it works

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Choose your comfiest chair, make yourself a tasty coffee (or other beverage as preferred) and settle down for a 45-minute journey with Professor Brian Sturm to learn more about story.

Sturm presents storytelling as a way of organizing information, conveying emotions, and building community. A model of storytelling as altered state of consciousness (the story trance) is presented that includes 16 portals to altered states. Three stories are told to illustrate the theoretical model: Truth and Story; What Happens When You Really Listen; and The Stone Cutter. Storytelling ethics and the need for trust and truth are discussed.

Storytelling is the essential ingredient for almost all effective communication, be it evangelism, discipleship, or advocacy for a non-profit or cause.


Please check our other recent posts on storytelling.

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