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by Mark Stephenson

eBook Web-Empowered Ministry: Connecting With People through Websites, Social Media, and More download ISBN: 1426713223
Author: Mark Stephenson
Publisher: Abingdon Press (February 1, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 240
ePub: 1436 kb
Fb2: 1473 kb
Rating: 4.7
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Category: Christian Books
Subcategory: Churches and Church Leadership

Known as the "Church CyberGuy," he conducts presentations and workshops around the country and provides consulting support to churches around the world. Some churches develop their web presence effectively, while others struggle.

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Let Web-Empowered Ministry be your comprehensive guide along your unique journey toward building a powerful internet ministry. You will learn the practical steps, techniques, and ideas needed to develop an excellent and effective web ministry. You will learn the practical steps, techniques, and ideas needed to develop an excellent and effective web ministry

Let Web-Empowered Ministry be your comprehensive guide along your unique journey toward building a powerful internet ministry.

Personal Name: Stephenson, Mark Morgan, 1960 .

Personal Name: Stephenson, Mark Morgan, 1960-.

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Let Web-Empowered Ministry be your comprehensive guide along your unique journey toward building a powerful internet ministry. You will learn the practical steps, techniques, and ideas needed to develop an excellent and effective web ministry. You will also learn how to apply the many tools the internet has to offer including websites, smart phones, social networking, media, instant messaging, and more to extend and multiply your ministry impact.  Mark’s engaging style makes technology accessible as he offers firsthand advice on every aspect of building an internet ministry: from assembling a team to designing and maintaining your website to developing a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and more.  People are coming to know Jesus. Lives are being transformed. It comes from God’s power and our use of the internet to share, teach, and connect.
Comments: (3)
Ishnsius
Overall worth the price.It covers a lot, in a plan/strategy style. This is book would be better used in a team use rather than an individual study. For those that are not techie, it is good as it provides a complete strategy for implementing a web presence that is specifically for ministry. If you have a tech team that you are overseeing this would be a good resource to prevent scope creep and keeps the use of tech on ministry. If you are more of a tech type, this is a good resource because it shows a more complete plan, or use, of tech for the purpose of ministry. It does not go into details on anything but is more of a start to finish strategy and is people focused. I would have rated this higher if it had more references to dig deeper. A "for further reading" section at the end of each chapter would have been nice. Since the book pretty much covers everything it is still an excellent resource.
Yannara
good book
Buzatus
Technology is a love of mine, and as tools continue to develop, there is a great deal of potential to leverage technology for ministry. The Internet, in particular, can be an effective form of communication for churches. Mark Stephenson, in his book Web-Empowered Ministry: Connecting With People through Websites, Social Media, and More, gives us a place to begin for thinking about and developing the use of the Internet for ministry.

Some churches develop their web presence effectively, while others struggle. In large part, this is because church leaders who are often tasked with the development of a church web-site or effectively developing other avenues for communicating effectively with the web are busy with other tasks. There are pastoral counseling calls to make, sermons to prepare, and meetings to attend. And most churches do not have the resources to build and develop a large staff. They depend a great deal on volunteers to keep things going.

The web continues to grow as a constant presence in the lives of everyday people. As such, there is a continued need for reflection on how we can best use the Internet as an extension of what we do within the ministry of the local church. Web-Empowered Ministry is a ministry manual, and it reads like one. Don't expect a page turner. Expect a how-to guide to web ministry that covers everything from design to utility for various web services. Stephenson covers web development, how to use free online services (such as Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and the basics of how a church website can deliver content (sermons, classes, etc.) to the masses. Stephenson also points his reader to Web Empowered Church, a network of church web development and IT professionals who can help with the development of an online presence.

I haven't read too many books like this since seminary, but as someone who has served in the local church, I know that these books have applicability and usefulness for various ministries. Every pastor will not be a web designer, nor will they have the vision, time, and resources to build and maintain their own web space. But every pastor does, very likely, have a person in their congregation who is passionate about technology and who could manage this as a service to the congregation as a whole. Stephenson even speaks of this, saying that he began his ministry as a volunteer, and, in fact, built his first web site for Ginghamsburg on his own initiative. He forced the hand of other leaders in the church to recognize his passion and create space for his ministry. And he succeeded.

My guess is that there are ministry leaders who want to have a more active web presence, but don't have the energy or the time to build that presence on their own. And I'd bet that some of those same people would equip someone else to do it as part of their ministry if they only knew how. This book is a start. This book is technical, but it is practical. I could see someone handing this book off as a primer for a key volunteer. That volunteer could then begin working to attain the skills needed to build an effective ministry that suits the personality of that particular local church.

DISCLAIMER: In accordance with FTC guidelines, I'd like to alert the reader that I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. However, with that in view, I am committed to speaking truthfully concerning any book that I do in fact review, as I am obligated to my readership to provide a biblically and theologically informed perspective that can help my readers either take up or avoid resources that may prove useful for ongoing Christian reflection and maturity.