Get on board the mobile train to Africa and beyond

Digital is transforming Africa and Asia. The speed of change even surprised a mission staffer who returned for a short visit to his former West African country, and saw just how widespread digital had become: Africa is changing! Cassettes and CDs are beginning to disappear. In two weeks of teaching the Bible, there were numerous […]

Starting with the why – how to inspire action

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. Subscribe, share & re-use . . . GET UPDATES BY EMAIL & TWITTER Get our blog posts by […]

Is your church website address this big?

If your church website is prioritized for outsiders (as it surely should be – Col. 4:5), then naturally you will want to attract many to your site. See these parable stories about church sites: Desperately Seeking Lodgers | Stonylands Golf Club. There are various ways to tell people, including contact cards, search engine optimization, and paid-for Google AdWords […]

Which is the most popular TED lecture? Ever

Do you know who is the most popular TED lecturer ever? He beats the second-most popular by more than 50%, and 9 million views. His name is not Bono or Gates. (See top-20 list.) He’s a British educationalist – Sir Ken Robinson. His contention is that creativity is as important as literacy. Watch his TED […]

Slide presentations that people remember and don’t sleep through

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. Subscribe, share & re-use . . . GET UPDATES […]

A ministry library: free ebooks on church, digital ministry and tech

There sometimes is a free lunch. Here’s a range of free ebooks to download. For some, your ‘payment’ is to sign up for an email newsletter, which of itself may give you further help and guidance. Free eBook: Be The Church: Discipleship & Mission Made Simple, when you sign up Verge Network’s free email updates. […]

Saving lives online – Kate turns away from suicide

Everyone is searching for answers. Sometimes the questions are about what to buy or how to fix something. But then at times, they are about serious life issues and even life and death! On March 12th, a young woman Kate*, was going to end her life went online searching for ways to do this. In […]

How you can help silver surfers catch the waves

There was a time, not so long ago, when web usage in the West was quite low for the over-65 demographic. But no longer, as the infographic below shows. Many of these ‘silver surfers’ are opting for tablets | more. Studies also show that being online has big benefits for older people who live alone, […]

The worldwide challenge of urban dwellers: infographic

Here’s the latest ‘missiographic’ from GMI, looking at worldwide urbanization trends. Wherever they are, digital will increasingly be one means to connect, especially mobile. The next Mobile Ministry 6-week distance-learning course starts on 8 July. The Mobile Ministry Forum exists to help your ministry use mobile effectively. Consider going to their annual conference/consultation this December […]

Free discussion resources for new Belle film

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating […]