May 292010
 

Get your technology questions answered on a live chat-in talk show in the coming weeks. This live webinar is hosted by me, DJ Chuang, and I’ll take your questions during the Tuesday webinars as well as any time before one. The webinar series are free with registration. Here’s more details about the first show:

Session Title: Tech Steward Tuesday: What is the stewardship of technology?
Session Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Starting Time: 2:00pm Pacific Time | 4:00pm Central | 5:00pm Eastern

Not every church has to Twitter and use every new media technology. How do you know which ones your church should use or not?

Join this 30 minute special preview of the Pre-Conference topic–Stewarding Technology in a Service of Worship–at all three of this year’s National Worship Leader Conference. This series is designed as a talk show, where DJ Chuang, network developer at Worship Leader magazine, will be discussing different topics and answer your questions about church and technology.

This Tuesday, DJ will be addressing the question, “What is the stewardship of technology?” Join the FREE chat-only webinar to explore how your church should be stewarding technology in the service of worship.

Starts Tuesday, but space is limited! Sign up here: bit.ly/techstewardfree [or goto
direct link to registration]

Future webinar dates will be:

  • June 8th
  • June 22nd
  • June 29th
  • July 6th
  • July 13th

[aside: I know this is happening right after Memorial Day weekend, but we were so eager to get this going! I hope this webinar will be a good break during your catch-up day on Tuesday.]

May 282010
 

Over the course of a decade, I’ve posted and/or gathered a ton of content here at djchuang.com. I’ve only started tagging my blog posts less than a year ago.

Here’s what I’ve tagged so far, at the time of this blog post: (for the live-updated list of tags, see the site map; and the top 5 tags are now converted to categories)

church
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event
Asian American
video
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book

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ministry
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Christian
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Christmas
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talk
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Hawaii
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users
thoughts
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expression
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stream

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Easter
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home

May 262010
 

This is a watershed milestone kind of book for social media and businesses & organizations both non-profit and governmental. Millions of us have a good sense of how social media is connecting people individually in the informal social sense.

Not so many have figured out how to connect business goals with social media.

Now there’s a book to guide organizational leaders and managers to develop an effective social media strategy. There are a number of great examples mentioned in this new book by Charlene Li, Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead, citing case studies from Zappos, Starbucks, Best Buy, and more. (Apparently JetBlue didn’t make the cut.) Watch my video review:

At the time of this writing, the 8 free critical resources mentioned in the book’s appendix are not yet posted online. Or, I haven’t found them on the open-leadership.com website yet. I hope and wish they’ll get it online very very soon. Can’t wait!

And stay tuned this summer for the book that’s “social media for non-profits.” Authored by none other than Beth Kanter, The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change. From the same publisher as Open Leadership, Jossey-Bass. Genius.

Aside: I first heard about the book during the Catalyst West conference, where Charlene Li was a main speaker. While I was mesmerized and transfixed on every word, dozens in the audience were stirring in their seats — maybe because they were hungry since the talk was right before lunch. I knew right off I had to get a copy, and I was able to get an advance review copy there, with a voucher for the real printed hardback edition. And it was delivered to my home yesterday. Yes!

[update] Read an excerpt of Open Leadership in BusinessWeek::

This discomfort of not being in control is the reason why I wrote Open Leadership. It’s my attempt to help leaders understand how the rules have changed and how they need to adjust. At the core, leaders have to acknowledge that they are not in control and probably never really were. Instead, leadership is about establishing a relationship, and social technologies are redefining how relationships are formed, grown, and supported.

p.p.s. I actually had queued up a blog post in my Drafts folder before the book launched…
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May 212010
 

Professor Daniel Wong at Tyndale Seminary recently presented at a workshop on “The Art of Preaching in Asian American Settings” and I talked with him about his insights about the distinctives of Asian American preaching. Watch the video:

On his web page at www.tyndale.ca/~dwong/viewpage.php?pid=32, Professor Wong shares his workshop outline, recommended books, and links to a PreachingToday.com article by Matthew D. Kim titled “Asian American Preaching.” Click over and add a comment to continue the conversation.

[update] ISAAC has posted a report and downloads from the Art of Preaching in Asian American Settings workshop.

May 192010
 

Mike Erre is the Teaching Pastor at ROCKHARBOR. I’m actually not writing an ode, couldn’t do poetry if I got schooled, or, I’d get schooled for trying.



Mike Erre is about to start a new season as he transitions out of that role into the vast yonder unknown and steps out by faith. (cf. listen to audio of announcement before 4/25/10 sermon; link to mp3) Mike has authored 4 books:

You can also read blog posts, some philosophical, from Mike Erre at ConversantLife.com.

Wikipedia describes Erre to be: “Considered by many to be a rising star among American evangelicals”, while Yelper’s describe Mike as: “phenomenal“, “A ‘tonsorially challenged’ guy named Mike, looking for all the world like a linebacker refugee from tutelage of Woody Hayes (he wishes!), is perspiring profusely, and rummaging through the Bible“, a big, bald, sweaty dude wearing shorts and a Hawaiian shirt walk around and produce stirring analogies and strikingly relevant parables to illustrate the workings of God in our lives, occasionally pausing to remind people not to rush the stage due to his extreme attractiveness, it’s just brilliant.

// [update] Talbot Seminary features Mike Erre about the value of seminary in this video //
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May 152010
 

I have 2 twitter feeds: @djchuang and @djchuang247. When I first forked my original @djchuang feed in July 2009, it was to keep my personal asides and live tweets at events from overflowing the home feed of 5,000+ followers. Didn’t think they wanted to know what I ate like @sherrysurratt does.

I’ve found my use of twitter to evolve over time, and here’s 2 tweaks I’ve made recently:

1. I follow more people and removed my 10% ratio cap. I used to follow no more than 10% of my number of followers, thinking I’d catch tweets of interest on my home feed. That’s not possible with 500 follows, much less 200, really.

The difference to follow or not to follow is whether someone can DM me or not. When I want a better chance of catching tweets from people I want to keep tabs on, I’ll use a twitter list. When I want to listen in to a convo, I’ll do a saved search on a hashtag and/or keyword.

2. I’m using my main twitter @djchuang for more replies and convo’s. I used to keep my tweets limited to retweets, making announcements, and sharing links + resources + quotes. These would be more obviously valuable to 1,000s. Yet, to only do the above makes it too much of a one-way broadcast rather than a two-way conversation.
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May 122010
 

People being the social beings that we are, live video or holograms will not replace the value of being together in person. While the economy and travel security have changed the industry of conferences and events, organizers are still actively producing events. According to one source, “Meetings and events are responsible for 15 percent of all travel-related spending, create nearly $40 billion in tax revenue at the federal, state and local level and generate more than one million jobs.” [pcma]

The question that I get asked frequently is, “Which conference should I go to?” Some call me a “conference junkie” but that doesn’t mean every conference is the right fit for every person.

With hundreds and thousands of events to choose from, it’d be good to know what’s available before deciding on one. In the worlds of business, academia, government, non-profit, and other sectors and vocations, there’s these large online listings for conferences:

And in the world of church leaders, there’s these online listings:

// [update] you can also find webinars and teleseminars on listing/ directory sites like webinarlistings.com, webinarhero.com, finervista.com, freeteleseminarlist.com, Virtual Events Calendar via allvirtual , WebinarBase via Eugenia //

Aside: there’s a whole network of conference and event planners, e.g. Meeting Professionals International, The National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners , meetingexpectations.com, meetingsnet.com, pcma.org

May 102010
 

Jesus Christ was certainly a man of prayer, the ultimate prayer warrior. The text in James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” In John 17:20-23, Jesus prays that all who believe in Christ will “be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me…” Is this an unanswered prayer? Was it ineffective? If effective, what does unity look like?

In a new book by John Armstrong, Your Church is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ’s Mission Is Vital to the Future of the Church, the author meticulously walks through the Scriptures and church history to show what church unity has looked like. He wrestles with the more recent efforts at church unity among ecumenicals, and then among Catholics and Evangelicals. Armstrong’s concludes with his proposal for a vision of church unity best described as “missional-ecumenism.”

What is missional-ecumenism? There’s a whole chapter in the book that describes what this is. (I wasn’t able to find a concise definition over a web search, and I didn’t want to type paragraphs from the book.) One reviewer noted that: [B]y “missional-ecumenism,” the author means that believers should have relational unity with God and one another, including unity in our mission as God’s “sent ones.” The author described that A missional-ecumenist will focus on sharing in the unity of the Trinity with other believers with the intention that the church really becomes a community for outsiders. We exist for them!

A blog tour in March 2010 had kicked off over 75 blog posts about “Your Church is Too Small,” many with thoughtful reflection and critique of the book’s subject.

In a day and age where our society is buckling under a scarcity of time (cf. attention economy) I don’t see the momentum of the American church moving towards slowing down to build into the relational equity needed for unity around God’s mission for the world. Unfortunately, there are too many pressing concerns of sustaining the organizational side of a local church and the watching over doctrinal & theological purity. As beautiful as Jesus and John’s vision may be for unity of the church, it would take more than prayer to see this come to pass.

May 082010
 

In the May 2010 issue of Worship Leader Magazine, a new column launches by yours truly, called “DJ’s Spin.” As a magazine that’s been around since 1990,cover of Worship Leader
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I’m part of the team that’s extending the magazine’s availability to an online readership in addition to its faithful print-edition subscribers.

In “How Grief Connects Us All,” I share 5 examples of how the online world is connecting us in the midst of grief:

As Internet technologies, online tools, and smartphone apps become increasingly weaved into our everyday lives, the relationships facilitated by these network tools have an integral role in our worshiping communities. This connected worshiping community is both within our local church and in the network of relationships we have with other Christ-followers in the Church universal.

And, my first column in Worship Leader is available in a variety of online formats:

While it is debatable whether print-based magazines will go through the same challenges as print-based newspapers has, there are some similar challenges being navigated. I am curious why newspapers have been hit harder & earlier by the digital revolution than its magazine counterpart. What are your thoughts?