Monthly Archives: November 2010

SOCIAL MEDIA AND MINISTRY – A New Guide To Social Networking

 

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6

Loyal readers, I’m excited to announce today the publication of my new book, SOCIAL MEDIA AND MINISTRY Sharing The Gospel In The Digital Age!

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The cover of the new book shows people connecting from north, south, east, and west forming a cross!

Social media is all about connecting with people and building relationships. Being a  follower of Jesus Christ is also about relationships – a life-changing, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and with others in love, service, and humility!

SOCIAL MEDIA AND MINISTRY Sharing The Gospel In The Digital Age explores the broad impact of social media. It is a guide which provides practical information on how ministries, pastors and others can use Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to increase influence. It is a handbook for putting digital technology to the service of the Great Commission (see Matthew 28:18-20) in the Digital Age!

To preview this new book or to purchase it go to Lulu.com.

Thank you for your encouragement and support!

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Be Blessed!

Kenneth Lillard

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Thanksgiving 2010 – An Attitude of Gratitude

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1

As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches many of us are making travel plans, preparing  for the Thanksgiving dinner, or getting ready to watch the Cowboys and Saints battle it out on the gridiron!

But Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for how God has blessed us throughout the year! It’s about being thankful for our families and food on our tables. It’s about being truly grateful not only for today, but for our yesterdays and our tomorrows, as well!

During this period of economic recession it may be difficult for many to feel thankful. However, even during the toughest times, if we look around, we can see there are still things to be grateful for – health, hope, and most importantly, the amazing love of God!

Here’s a great Thanksgiving post by Greg Laurie, Remembering To Say Thanks.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Be Blessed!

Kenneth Lillard

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YouVersion Bible App For Facebook

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

Many of us find ourselves connecting, updating our status, and networking on Facebook more often than we might like! But did you know you can access and read the Bible while you’re logged on to FB, America’s #1 social networking site? Yes, you definitely can!

YouVersion.com has a new Bible app out for Facebook. This great new application allows you to:

  • Read the Bible online
  • Access many different translations of the Bible
  • Go to specific books, chapters, and verses
  • Select verses or passages and share with friends or post on your wall  

It’s now really easy and convenient to turn on the lamp and light of the Word while you’re logged on to FB!

For more information click here .

What a great way to study and share the Word!

Can you suggest other ways YouVersion’s Bible App for Facebook might be used?

Until next time, remember, you can do all things through Christ Jesus!

Be Blessed!

Kenneth Lillard

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Monitoring Your Online Reputation

Social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) is today’s equivalent of the proverbial “grapevine”. Trending topics on Twitter are closely followed online. Tracking your online reputation is crucial.

You should know what is being said about you and your ministry online. Why? So you can be aware of the positive impact you are having in the community. But you also need to be able to correct possible inaccuracies and untruths about you online that can damage your reputation or that of your ministry!

Monitoring social media sites enables you to join in the conversation. You are able to respond to concerns and issues others may have about your ministry. And perhaps you can clear up  misunderstandings or even perform some timely problem solving!

The following are three great social media monitoring tools:

Google Alerts – Set up a Google Alert for your name, ministry name, and other relevant keywords to be notified whenever an online mention appears.

Twitter Search – Use relevant keywords to search for what’s being said about you on Twitter.

Technorati – This is especially useful for tracking blog posts.

For more information on useful tools for monitoring your online presence see the following articles:   

How To Monitor Your Social Media Presence In 10 Minutes A Day 

Free Social Media Monitoring Tools

Social Media Monitoring – 10 Reasons For Monitoring Brands

How are you monitoring your online reputation?

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Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Be  Blessed

Kenneth Lillard

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Fall Fitness

The fall and winter holidays are rapidly approaching. And for many of us that means less physical exercise and more comfort food – too much more! LOL

Now is an excellent time to begin a fall workout routine to get ahead of the fitness curve. BlackBerry has a great basic fitness app, iFitness, to help to motivate and keep you on track. It’s like having a personal trainer right on your mobile phone!  (BTW, the iFitness app is also available for iPhone users.)

iFitness provides:

  • Over 230 exercises using free weights and equipment
  • Logs which allow you to track your progress
  • 10 exercise routines from strength building to weight loss

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in you.” 1 Corinthians 3:16 One of the best ways we can honor that temple is to take proper care of it!

TTYL, got to get back to my exercises!

For articles related to health and fitness go to http://www.medicinenet.com/exercise_and_fitness/article.htm

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Be Blessed!

Kenneth Lillard

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November 2, Election Day – VOTE

November 2, 2010 is Election Day. Don’t forget your civic responsibility. VOTE!

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Be Blessed,

Kenneth Lillard

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Getting The Picture

Images can have great impact. It has been, famously, said that a picture is worth a thousand words! Slides4Sermons.com is a provider of high quality images suitable for church bulletins, announcements, slide shows, websites, and blogs.

What is amazing is they offer a few images FREE each month! Perhaps there is something there that might add more interest or atmosphere to one of your ministry projects.  (Free images are provided under the Creative Commons License agreement.)

For more information go to http://slides4sermons.com/free-this-month-2/

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Be Blessed,

Kenneth Lillard

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