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W-E-B Issue 234 ~ March 2014
Monthly ISSN 471-0323
Church ministry | Free Easter resources | Communicating well | Moile ministry | Social media | The world we live in | Popular culture | Conferences | Missions | Tech tips | Tailend

They say...

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who can't read and write, but those who can't learn, unlearn, and relearn" - Alvin Toffler

"It's not the job of the unchurched to enter our culture; it's our job to enter theirs." - Ed Stetzer


Is your website an open door or barrier to your church?

Churches shouldn't just pay for Facebook ads to broadcast their message, they should pay for a relationship, says Josh Burns. He also writes: "Meet Jenny. She came to know Christ after she found our church on Google."

Has your church set up its Google Places page yet? It'll do wonders for helping people find your church, says Internet Toolbox for Churches.

Good church communication: Simplicity and the Spaghetti Test.

10 church statistics on social media use. And is my church only preaching to the choir on Facebook?

New video shorts posted by MTTM: answers for an older youthgroup demographic.

In UK? Your church may need the resources that CPO offers. Subscribe to their email newsletter.


Free to use:


Storytelling for nonprofits – advice from the pros.

Tips for speaking in a way that communicates.

"You lost me" – why engaging with the mosaic generation requires digital.

Fairy tales communicate rather well, says her.menuetics.

New books worth checking: Paradoxology by Krish Kandiah | Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath | Incarnate by Mike Frost | Raising Children in a Digital Age by Bex Lewis | How to Launch a Magazine in this Digital Age.

Let creatives be creative - 18 things highly creative people do differently.

Good headings | 2 attract readers, but good subheads are vital to keep them reading, whether in print or online.

10 ways to use infographics - explained by an infographic.

Need facts and figures, as slides, to communicate the challenge of digital evangelism and ministry worldwide? Get them here.


Latest Mobile Ministry distance-learning course starts April.

Free PDF ebook Mobilizing the Story of His Glory explains the opportunities for cross-cultural mobile ministry. And many of the lessons in this secular video short apply equally to mobile ministry.

List of mobile apps for evangelism and discipleship, from the Mobile Ministry Forum. And Bible apps listing from Mobile Ministry Magazine.

Infographic on mobile phone use in Asia.

Getting Google to recognize your mobile website pages.

Coming soon - this blood oxygen sensor plugs into a mobile phone, and could dramatically improve healthcare in remote areas, including diagnosing pre-eclampsia.

Want a smartphone? Which to buy - advice from Expert Reviews&nsp;| Stuff.

Make your Android phone battery last longer.

Things that Siri (the voice inside iPhones) does best.


A new study shows that social media actually influence mood virally. There seems to be a nudge effect going on, which is surely very significant for Jesus followers to be aware of, IF we are connecting with not-yet-followers. Much effective evangelism is actually following nudge theory - see Len Sweet's excellent explanation of this in a Christian context, in his book Nudge: Awakening Each Other to the God Who's Already There.

Case-study for a nonprofit using social media very effectively.

Social media isn't a megaphone, it's a two-way radio, says Soshable.

Guide to YouTube optimization.


India has the most unengaged (ie. no-one is reaching them) people groups in the 10/40 Window.

Bill Gates' favorite graph.

When should do you let a dream die? asks Sheridan Voysey.

ResearchBuzz is a great newsletter to find curated information sources on all manner of things. Produced by librarian Tara Calishain for 18 remarkable years, this is one to subscribe to and skim for gems that interest you.

You aren't 'just' a [insert your backroom role here], says Yvon Prehn.

How to extract sheet music from a YouTube video.

Minimum Bible images sum up each book in a single graphic.

Don't waste your introverts, says Ron Edmondson.

Getty Images are now free in many situations.

The dark side of 3D printing.


Discussion of The Grand Budapest Hotel from Christianity Today and Damaris. (See more Damaris film articles.)

If you like Studio Ghibli anime films, you'll want to catch The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and The Wind Rises.

3 Simple Rules for Christians relating to movies and other popular culture, from Christ and Pop Culture.

20-year-old stop-motion animator can make magic on Vine


Indigitous conferences coming up in Addis Ababa, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. Sign up on the website for email or Facebook updates about other conferences.

Web Missions Africa conference 11-13 April in Uyo, Nigeria.

ICCM conferences this year still to come: Nairobi and USA.


New book from GMI on recruiting new mission agency staff in a digital age: Searching to Serve. Book | review.

IndiTube carries evangelistic videos in a range of languages.

Call2All video on the potential for media missionaries.

Free ebook Peoples, Least Reached Places: An Untold Story of Lostness in America highlights the many unreached people groups in USA.


- non-techies look away now

For reviews of tech products, check Gadget Inspector.

Basics about the new HTML5 Meter Markup Element.

162,000 Wordpress sites are being used for a Distributed Denial of Service Attacks. Is yours? Check here.

Boost Chrome browser security with these five add-ons.

Cheap and clever accessories for using smartphones and video cameras creatively for single shots and filming.


Queen Elisabeth cruise ship is a tight fit under Yokohama Bay Bridge.

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