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WEB EVANGELISM BULLETIN

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W-E-B Issue 202 ~ December 2011
Monthly ISSN 471-0323  Bookmark and Share
CHRISTMAS – A THIN SPACE
DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE A DIGITAL ADVOCATE?
SOCIAL NETWORKING
NEW UK INITIATIVE LAUNCHED: GROUNDWIRE
CHURCHES AND THE WEB
MOBILE WORLD, MAJORITY WORLD
READERS COMMENT ON THE BULLETIN
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
MISSION AND THE WORLD
COMMUNICATING WELL
POPULAR CULTURE
MAMA SHEKINAH – THE FILM
TECH TIPS
TAILEND FUNNIES

"An opinion is an unsupported claim; an argument is a supported claim" – T. Edward Damer

CHRISTMAS – A THIN SPACE

In the Celtic Christian tradition, 'thin spaces' are times and places where the spiritual and the natural world intersect – occasions where it is possible to reach out and be touched by God.

Christmas, even in our post-christendom world, is such a thin space. Even despite the western consumer-fest of Christmas, even with all the schmaltz and sparkle, even in countries with no Christian tradition, there is often a remarkable focus on the story of God born as man.

It is the one time in the year when many, with no apparent interest in faith, will attend a church, or read the story – perhaps as part of their attempt to recapture something of the wonder of their childhood. Here's a great new video to embed into your site or Facebook page, or download in HD to use in a church meeting:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6513

Check our many other examples of Christmas video clips you can also use:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/category/christmas

Yvon Prehn points out the importance to churches of not confusing the Christmas message:
http://www.effectivechurchcom.com/2010/12/be-sure-your-church-isnt-confusing-the-christmas-message/

Millions of people are searching for Christmas resources online and any site that includes explanations of various aspects of Christmas in an outsider-friendly manner, is almost guaranteed to get thousands of hits.

UK TV company ITN commissioned a video clip Christmas contest. It was won by beat-boxing minister Gavin Tyte:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6360

And... Christmas blessings to you, and thanks for being a Bulletin reader.

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DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE A DIGITAL ADVOCATE?

Many churches have a missions advocate (by whatever name) who is a channel for information and challenge to the fellowship about worldwide missions. Other coordinators for particular areas of ministry are also commonplace. There is now surely the same opportunity for churches to appoint someone to be the church advocate for digital media in evangelism and discipleship.

Such a person would obviously need to be a web 'maven' – a networker who knows a wide variety of online Christian resources/strategies and loves sharing them. They might function like this:

This is a role very distinct from that of an existing missions coordinator or church webmaster, and there should be no automatic assumption that this is something extra that should be placed on them.

Has your church already recognized such a person?
If so, what title have you given him or her?
How does it work in practice?
Or do you think this is a useful concept to consider?
And do you have suggestions for a meaningful title for this vital role?

Please share your story or thoughts:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6573

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SOCIAL NETWORKING

FACEBOOK "How I Got 100% More Engagement On My Facebook Updates" by Steve Fogg:
http://www.stevefogg.com/2011/12/15/more-engagement-on-facebook-updates/

WE ARE ALL SOCIAL – Facebook use in Nepal and Bhutan:
http://wearesocial.net/blog/2011/12/social-digital-mobile-nepal/

GET OTHERS TO RETWEET your tweets:
http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/29759/11-Guaranteed-Ways-to-Get-Others-to-Retweet-Your-Content.aspx

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NEW UK INITIATIVE LAUNCHED: GROUNDWIRE

The UK-based Internet Mission has just launched GroundWire UK, a new initiative providing 1-to-1 chat 24/7, offering people online the opportunity to chat to a Spiritual Coach at any time of day or night.
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6508

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CHURCHES AND THE WEB

Every so often, I find a resource which is outstanding in its vision, clarity and insights. Internet Toolbox for Churches is such a resource, explaining how churches can be more effective online, though their websites, social media, etc. David Hakes uses a regular podcast to explain these insights. If you feel that you don't have time to listen to a speech-based resource, perhaps as a result of listening to over-long self-indulgent chatty podcasts, think again. For example, Hakes takes just 28 minutes to explain simply and clearly how to make church websites outsider-friendly, and promote them on search engines:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6548

You'd pay real money for a seminar presentation on this. But at the Toolbox, it's free. Pass it to your church leadership team, perhaps listen to it in a group, and pinpoint areas for action and development.

Check other podcasts, which you can download from iTunes, for instance – Churches CAN use digital media effectively:
http://www.internettoolboxforchurches.com/ideas-for-church-outreach-online

See also David's Twitter tips for churches:
http://www.internettoolboxforchurches.com/twitter-tips-for-churches

Follow David on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/ITCdave

Our church website self-assessment tool may also help you:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/church-site-design.php

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MOBILE WORLD, MAJORITY WORLD

Finishing the Task has published a list of the world's unengaged, unreached people groups with populations over 40,000, that have no known full-time workers involved in evangelism and church planting. There are more than 418 groups prioritized for ministry.

Many of these will have mid-to-high mobile phone usage, and could interact with material in their languages, if only we could get it to them:
http://www.finishingthetask.com/uupgs.php?sort=PG

Check our recent posts on the significance of mobiles, including in the Majority World:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/category/mobiles

CLIMATE GLOVES allow touch-screen use in cold weather. Here's an example in UK, similar products available in your country:
http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/blog/climate-touch-screen-gloves/

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READERS COMMENT ON THE BULLETIN

"I've been reading W.E.B. for 10 years or more. If it were not for the Bulletin, I'd never have had the courage to put my testimony online, or to put Bible verses on a pets website as a bridge strategy. Can't say whether it has changed people's lives, but it may be the only Bible some folk read. At least one can sow the seed of God's Word online. I've had a few email discussions with atheists who object to seeing scripture on a secular site. I also do a pet newsletter with a Bible verse quietly sandwiched inside, and share my faith on Facebook and Twitter, thanks to the teachings of the Bulletin. Keep up the good work! – Eileen"


"I am an older person (in my seventh decade) and found your plugs for Power to Change a few years ago. Got in touch with them and have been mentoring ever since. I now mentor on three sites.

I also appreciate all the links and suggestions you put on the site. Although some of them are beyond my capabilities, I have still learned a lot. I have told many people about the site and I have it on my Facebook too. About a month ago my husband and I went to the media conference in London that I saw advertised here on the Bulletin. I thought we would be the only elderly people there but I was wrong. It was a great conference. I have also been linked to many good sites by following your suggestions here so many, many thanks again. – Kathryn"


"My name is Hanna Shiferaw. I live in Ethiopia, East Africa. Two years ago I was planning an Internet Evangelism project, because God has given me the vision to. And as I live in under-developed country, it was almost impossible to get the information on how to do it. Then, I landed on your website and read almost your entire articles. Now I am reaching tens of thousands of people all over the world through my website, my articles I give to article directories and through the different social media. God has helped me a lot through your website. Thank you so much."

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THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

SUMMARY OF BARNA CONCLUSIONS on 6 key society trends:
http://churchtechtoday.com/2011/12/19/barna-reveals-top-6-trends/

CROWDSOURCING for more effective bible translation and checking:
http://blog.theseedcompany.org/bible-translation-2/what-happens-when-a-crowd-translates-the-bible/

MYTHS about why young people drop out of church:
http://www.barna.org/teens-next-gen-articles/534-five-myths-about-young-adult-church-dropouts

EX-P--N PRODUCER realized the harm he was doing. "We would recruit new models all the time. And these people would come in and they would be college students or something but over the course of time you could just see them change – you could see the life getting sucked out of their eyes. You can't escape the fact that lives were being changed for the worse. I was hurting them, the lives of their families and the lives of my own family."
http://goo.gl/NxQWX

45 MOST POWERFUL PHOTOS of 2011:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-most-powerful-photos-of-2011

WATER as an artform:
http://www.cruzine.com/2011/12/14/liquid-artworks/

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MISSION AND THE WORLD

MISSIONS – if you are connected with cross-cultural missions, or need to keep a tab on developments, why do the spadework when a researcher of the caliber of Justin Long is already offering it? You can follow him on Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/justindlong
or by email with a choice of newsletters:
http://www.justinlong.org/give/

Check also the excellent Brigada newsletter:

http://www.brigada.org/">

NEWSPAPERS – using them in English-language teaching:
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/language/T111212003557.htm

CHURCH, MISSIONS AND DIGITAL – this is a slow-paced podcast about various issues including reports from the recent CALL2ALL conference in LA. I'd rather read it in 500-1000 words, not 90 minutes of speech! But anyway, there are some useful insights in there:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gregory-fisher/2011/12/05/using-video-and-new-media-to-impact-your-world?mid=5468

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COMMUNICATING WELL

LOGOS: successful logos are usually simple geometric shapes that the eye can process:
http://www.logoguru.co.uk/blog/famous-logos-with-simple-shapes/

INTERNATIONALIZE your site for Asian readers:
http://www.sitepoint.com/notes-on-designing-websites-for-the-asian-market

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POPULAR CULTURE

ONCE UPON A TIME: A Quiz (Part 1) – Dave Buckna's latest popular culture quiz based on new fairy-tale TV drama:
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2011/s11110169.htm

NEW DAMARIS RESOURCES – study material on the forthcoming Iron Lady film for churches and community groups to use:
http://www.damaris.org/theironlady

TOLKEN fans – here's trailer for The Hobbit – though we have a 12-month wait for release:
http://youtu.be/G0k3kHtyoqc

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MAMA SHEKINAH – THE FILM

Mama Shekinah is a powerful documentary of love, trauma, and forgiveness. 60 minutes long and shot in HD, it tells the story of Hedwig, hell-deep in spiritual perfectionism, and Colin, hell-deep in drugs, pimping and perversion. They are healed, fall in love, marry, and are attacked by children from the Lord's Resistance Army in Sudan. Colin is killed, and Hedi returns to express forgiveness and live with former child soldiers. This stunning story is now available in Farsi, Romanian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Kisyarwanda, Indonesian, and English:
http://www.mamashekinah.com/

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TECH TIPS

- non-techies look away now

FREE SCRIPTS that may help you:
http://www.hotscripts.com/blog/emerging-free-web-scripts-watch-2012/

GOOGLE ANALYTICS – new features:
http://mashable.com/2011/11/30/google-analytics-new-features/

CHECKBOXES as a condition of action:
http://www.willmaster.com/library/manage-forms/ensuring-an-agreement-checkbox-is-checked.php

25 GREAT CSS TOOLS and code generators:
http://designmodo.com/css-tools-generators/

WORDPRESS – protect your site:
http://sharebrain.info/webdesign/make-safe-and-sound-your-wordpress-website/12752/

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TAILEND FUNNIES ô¿ô

Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?

Camouflage Training: No one turned up... Oh wait a minute...

Birds seem to do this, just for fun... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGwDOzpTcgs

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