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If you have read my blog at all or follow me on Twitter you already know that I'm a big fan of RightNow Media. This has been an incredible resource to our church and has made me look really good with minimal effort. I can go on and on about how great their product/service is, but I would rather use this post to go on about how great they are! This past week I had the privilege of participating in the RightNow Conference and there were three things about the team there that stood out to me:
- Their hospitality - they were extremely generous and welcoming to myself and others that I was leading with. I have attended many conferences and appreciate so much each of them, but the level of personal connection they made in their hospitality was second to none. There is no doubt in my mind that the people behind RightNow Media are even better than the great product that they offer!
- Their innovation - at the conference they announced a new iPhone/iPad app that just released and behind the scenes let me in on some future plans. Many organizations at this point would ride the wave that they are on without feeling the need to innovate. RightNow Media feels they are only getting started and are looking to improve their service to churches in every possible way.
- Their heart - it might seem like a small thing, but it was meaningful to me to find out that RightNow Media is a nonprofit organization. Essentially they are a ministry, not a business. I believe that businesses can do ministry and that this is just a tax status, but this little piece of information only confirmed even more that the heart behind RightNow Media is serving the local church, not profiting from the it.
I'm honored to have been able to participate in the conference this past week and so grateful for the opportunity! I can't wait for all that lies ahead for RightNow Media and grateful that I have been able to participate even in a small way.
Thank You RightNow Media for serving the church well!
I'm excited for you all to see the new website! There are a couple of things I want to highlight in the transition:
First, I wanted to thank my friends at My Square Creative for helping with the design elements of the site. Matt and Chris are two of the most creative guys I know and their heart to serve the church is incredible. I want to encourage you to check out the work that they are doing at http://www.creativechurchstaffing.com/.
The other big change for me was the move from Wordpress to Squarespace. For over 5 years I have been using Wordpress on my personal site as well as many other sites that I have built for friends and clients. At Community Bible Church our entire website is built on Wordpress. There are a number of reasons for the move, but the keys for me were simplicity, style and something new.
The reality of my personal site is that I didn't need complexity or even great flexibility. I want to have a place to let people know who I am, what I do and a place to share news and information. I love the simplicity and style that Squarespace offers as well as the opportunity to learn something new. As I dig into Squarespace I see a ton of opportunity for so many businesses and nonprofits to build a great website at an affordable price. At the same time I think it's important to note that it won't replace Wordpress anytime soon.
Wordpress continues to offer great flexibility and opportunities that any website of any size can be built on it. I have built 1 page websites and 300 page websites on Wordpress and will continue to. The functionality and flexibility is second to none. I love Wordpress and while I'm leaving it behind when it comes to my personal site, I'm in no way leaving it behind as a key resource moving forward.
I would love to get your feedback on the new site as well as answer any questions that you might have about Squarespace or Wordpress.
I'm so excited to be participating in the RightNow Conference 2014. I love this year's theme: His Gospel, His Mission, His Church!
I will be moderating a panel discussion on a topic that I've very passionate about: Using Technology and Media to Disciple People. This is a topic that for many is confusing and for others controversial. I love engaging in conversations from both perspectives both helping create clarity where there is confusion and engaging dialogue where there is controversy. I would love for you to join me at the conference next week in Dallas as I know you will love the whole event. It's not too late to register!
Here are the 2 other ministry leaders who will be joining me for the panel:
Bill Roberson -Bill has spent the last 15 years trying to learn how to creatively communicate in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. With a background in graphic design and over 10 years experience in faith-based organizations, he has a passion to equip others to live a life of faith action. Bill previously directed communications efforts at Lake Pointe Church and BluefishTV in the Dallas area and is currently Communications Director at Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, CO. He has a unique perspective on RightNow Ministries – having served as both a volunteer and on staff. Bill and his wife Jen live in Monument, CO with their three kids Max, Nolan and Abbie. For more info visit: bobcatbill22.com or connect on Twitter @bobcatbill22
Broc Jahnke - Broc is the Spiritual Growth Pastor at Hope Fellowship in Frisco, TX. Broc oversees all adult discipleship at Hope which includes pastoral care and counseling, home groups, classes and Bible studies and men's and women's events. Broc has three kids that are involved too heavily in sports and a great wife that is the glue that holds them all together.
P.S. Probably most importantly, my pastor, Robert Emmitt, will be presenting at the conference this year as well! I hope to see you there!
The biggest announcement though is the release of their first resource: Sacred Christmas, a 2014 Advent Devotional. This is a 27 day Advent study to help you connect with Jesus more during the holidays. They are also offering a special bundle with Fun Extras for the Creative (and the Creative Wannabe)! These extras include Group Discussion Questions, Christmas Traditions, Christmas playlists, recipes, giving tips & more!
One of the best parts of this whole ministry is that 20% of all proceeds will go directly to His Voice Global, a ministry that ministers directly to orphans in South Sudan and throughout Africa.
Becky Kiser was generous enough to offer a FREE copy to one of my readers, so I hope you will take a minute and click below to enter this contest to win. At the end of the day 1 winner will be randomly selected.