Archive for March, 2016

Ben-Shin-1-WebPastor vs. Professor? Insights on how to make that decision

Ben Shin, Professor at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, has lived in both worlds as a pastor and a professor. Listen to Ben share his call and journey into ministry as well as how God nudged him into the academia. He gives great insight and wisdom on how to determine what will be a better fit: a pastor or a professor. Be encouraged by these gold nuggets as you try to discern your passion, gifting and God’s call.

 

 

 

 

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3 Take Aways

  1. Need results. Regardless of where you are at, church or in the seminary world, you need to produce results. In the church world, there is pressure to grow a church numerically. In the academic world, there’s pressure to write journals or articles. There is this sense that hard work and the need to achieve is seen in both worlds. They are different kinds of results but it’s important to know that there is a sense of achieving, accomplishment and getting results that is in both worlds. Don’t get fooled into thinking that you this is an important element in these roles.

  2. Need the heart of a pastor. It doesn’t matter if you are in academia or in the church world, you need to have the heart of a pastor. That means you need to love people and have a heart to pastor in order to connect with people. This applies to the classroom too. Professors need to pastor their students and guide them relationally as well as intellectually. Professors will be more effective when they pastor and care for their students mind and heart.

  3. Listen to God’s call. It’s important to discern your own heart and ambitions versus what God may be leading and calling you too. Sometimes our own ambitions can cloud our ability to minister effectively and appropriately. Listen to God’s voice and be self aware to know when your ambitions are hindering God’s will and call in your life. Find trusted people to help you on this journey.

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JayHow do you use social media for your church more strategically?

Jay Kranda, Online Campus Pastor at Saddleback Church, discusses how to use social media more effectively and strategically to create more engagement and outreach in the community. He shares principles from his book, Social Media Made Easy, to help churches understand not only the importance of social media but how to utilize it more wisely with posts and timing of those posts. Jay Kranda has a lot of experience in the social media world and you’ll be able to use his practical tips immediately to help your church today.

 

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3 Take Aways

  1. Social Media is an extension of your vision. The central use of social media is to let others know about your vision. All your posts, pictures and texts should point them to who you are as a church. If it doesn’t then you’ll need to reevaluate your social media strategy and focus. Social media is a great way for people to get to know your church vision, values and culture. Use it wisely and simply, so that people can engage with you.

  2. Post Strategically throughout the week. There should be order and a reason for what you post and how you post in the week. It shouldn’t be random and chaotic. There needs to be a well thought out strategy for Monday all the way to Saturday. There are excellent resources and books to help you plan that and get an idea of what will work for your church or ministry. Dig a little bit deeper so that your posts can reach more people and have the intended impact.

  3. Empower a business person who can own this. Don’t just let anyone run your social media person. The best person isn’t someone who has a lot of followers on Twitter because you can just buy those followers. Find someone who is in the business world and knows how to run social media. Chances are that they understand marketing and social media in the business context so that it can translate better and more effectively in a church context. Don’t think that a college millennial will know better because they may not have the extensive training and strategy that a business person may have. You want to find the right person who can own this for you because this is the front door of your church…it matters!

 

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