Ode to a Youth Pastor
By Christopher Mann
...and, ode to visionaries like these Young Life videographers who don't just let good stories sit in a filing cabinet, but instead project them into the public square for greater impact.
It certainly impacted me.
Dear Church: Please stop hosting porn
By Christopher Mann
I am not aware of a church that intentionally hosts pornography.
I am aware of many churches who have changed their URL from www.OldChurchDomain.com to the new and improved www.CoolerChurchDomain.com, and then let OldChurchDomain.com lapse into the open market of URLs, where anybody can buy it. Usually, business-minded folks will scoop up these kinds of URLs because they're betting that among the 1,000 or so discarded URLs they buy, there are a sufficient number of former owners who just forgot to renew these domains, and they're willing to pay the (legal) scalping fees of $3,000, $5,000, $10,000 or more to get those URLs back. It may sound slimy, but they're playing by the rules, and its all legal.
The case for leveraging your spoken content into greater, repurposed value in the public square.
If you have been teaching long enough, you've heard that line. And, they're probably right; you should write that down, but who has the time?
An average speaker will speaking at around 100-200 words per minute and at the end of an hour, he might utter around 6,000 words. The question becomes, how do you capture that value and leverage it? Should that value be contained to the walls of a worship center, classroom or lecture hall, or could it be repurposed into greater venues like blog entries (typically 300-500 words each), social media posts (15-100 words each), editorial articles (800-1500 words each) or full length books (150,000 words+)?
By David Fulmer from Pittsburgh (Natural American Sign Language) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Jeff Billings [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By English: Cpl Erik Villagran [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
"Hearing aid 20080620" by Jonas Bergsten - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.