Apr 192012

Is this a great idea or what?! People coming together online and raising money to help one person (or a group of people) with a specific need and in a matter of hours or a few days, that’s take care of via the power of crowdsourcing over the internet! Called HopeMob, this could become the kickstarter of fundraising to meet a need. Simple. Plus, the incorporating of game mechanics (aka gamification) could make this quite an engaging online community. The founder Shaun King was interviewed by Soledad O’Brien this morning on CNN Starting Point.

Another thing that’s amazing is that Shaun lives right in my neighborhood. Not every day that something like this grows so close to where I live. Honored.

I logged-in earlier and gave my points to boost the story of the cause to raise $$ to give hope to 2,000 kids via Joy Jars. You may have heard of Joy Jars, the inspiration of Jessie Rees who wanted to get 50,000 fans on her Facebook page to raise awareness and bring joy to other kids who have cancer. That page now has over 147,000 fans. So join in and use your free starter points and let’s brighten the lives of a couple thousand kids with joy and hope!

Jan 262011

Looking for active bloggers who are multiethnic church leaders? Why blogs and bloggers? Because they’re most findable via search engines, more sharable with many people on the open internet over a longer period of time, and they [potentially] can say a lot more than a tweet or status update.


In other words, conversations build relationships and understanding. Blogging in many ways is a better way to express ideas + thoughts + feelings in more details than a quick tweet via Twitter. Ultimately, the best conversations can happen face-to-face, but just because we’re not in the same geographical physical location doesn’t mean the conversation has to stop.

Here’s a list of active bloggers that are multiethnic church leaders, actively engaged in blog conversations about church diversity, in random order:

There are others I may not know (my apologies for glaring omissions), and there will be more as time goes. Anyone else I should add to the list?

Also seee: Asian American women Christian ministry leaders + Top church blogs by minority leaders

Oct 032010

You can worship in the comforts of your own home or coffeehouse or anywhere there’s a (high-speed) internet connection. Thousands are worshipping online and that number will continue to grow as worship online goes more mainstream. As that happens, more people will be searching for where to worship online.

The 2 biggest list of online churches (aka churches with internet campuses) are at [1] “Churches with an Internet Campus” – the Digital @ Leadership Network blog and [2] the List of Online Churches and Internet Campuses a spreadsheet curated by David Drinnon of equipthem.info. I had initially curated the list at the Digital blog and stopped keeping it updated now that there’s an editable spreadsheet that can be edited by anyone (kinda like Wikipedia) and the wisdom of the crowd can keep it updated! Here’s the spreadsheet of online churches:

(Granted, there are also many other churches with a live-stream or live video of their worship service, but this list is for the churches with a worship experience customized for an online audience. We’re aware. And, even though the government isn’t granting tax-exempt status to a 100% virtual church, that doesn’t necessary mean an online church isn’t a real church. Churches in some other countries don’t have tax-exempt status either)

[update] see List of Online Churches with Internet Campus or Webcast – collaborately maintained >>

Jun 252010

Next Tuesday, June 29th, I’ll be a part of 2 free webinars! Join me for the one that fits your schedule better.

m2liveAt 8:30am Pacific / 11:30am Eastern, it’s the M2LIVE webinar on How to Champion Web Ministry in Your Church. This is a discussion-driven webinar, hosted by the M2Live duo of Sean McAtee and Matt Carlisle. Just go to www.m2live.org/live and you’ll watch the live video and text into the chat room — powered by MediaSocial. (No prior registration required.) [update: watch recorded webinar]

At 2:00pm Pacific/ 5:00pm Eastern, Worship Leader magazine’s Tech Steward Tuesday webinar series continues, with “Is it safe to be on Facebook?” This 30-minute webinar will kick off with an update on Facebook privacy matters affecting 400+ million active users and then I’ll respond to your questions and comments. Free registration required.

Mar 112010

At SEALS: Southeast Asian Leadership Summit 2010 in San Jose, a conference of 140+ next generation Southeast Asian ministry leaders. Watch the main sessions as they’re being live-streamed. The organizer’s hospitality has been amazing — so encouraged to see the enthusiasm and heart of young leaders eager for God’s glory and caring for all peoples. Here’s a snapshot of who’s here:

I’ll be facilitating a workshop about social media, sort of a different angle than most of the other workshops that are addressing specific ministry issues. So my workshop, titled “Wielding online tools for connecting and collaborating,” is more about online tools & web apps and how they can be used for ministry. My slides are online [created entirely using Google Docs]. Based on discussions that flow from the 2 sessions of the same workshop, I’ll update this post with more links & references.

[updated] Links to Resources mentioned in workshop:

Jan 062010

Question >> ” what do u think of this paid church coaching trend? is it biblical? Somewhere deep down, I just can’t imagine Paul turning to Timothy and saying I’ll help you for $250 per month? ”

djchuang >> coach and teamI am seeing a growing trend of people offering their services as a coach or mentor. There’s already been a growing trend of coaching professionals in the past decade (cf. Professional Coaches and Mentors Association, International Coach Federation, CoachInc.com, International Association of Coaching, MentorCoach), and now there are coaching programs specifically for the church & ministry world.

It can be said that just as you’d have a coach to help you perform as an athlete, or hiring a coach to improve your golf or tennis game, people can hire a coach for developing their leadership capacity. This is all acceptable in the sports world, in the business & non-profit organizational world (cf. executive coaching), in the personal development & self-improvement world (cf. life coaching), and yet the practice has raised some questions in the church & ministry world. (i.e. Ministry Coaching International, Leadership2Go: an online mentoring community, Partners in Church Consulting Coaching Network, Next Coaching Network, International M Network’s 7-Day Mentoring Immersion, Expo Coaching, Pastors Coaching Network, Celera Group, to name a few)

While there is some overlap between mentoring, coaching, spiritual formation, teaching & training, disciple-making, the distinction isn’t paid vs. unpaid. Right? I’ve personally benefitted greatly from all of these kinds of relationships, both paid and unpaid.

Should coaches & mentors be paid or not? Here’s what I think at this time: the Bible doesn’t forbids payment being involved in these relationships per se. Just as there are pastors who are paid and those who are unpaid, there are coaches who are paid and unpaid. So for me, this matter is one of freedom and personal conscience.

Personally, I think I’m at an age and stage of life where I may be called upon to be a coach or mentor to a few others. I’d love to do that for free, personally. However, not being financially independent, I do have to use a large portion of my time to earn wages to provide for myself and family. Where money fits in the equation is that if I were to be paid as a coach or mentor, then I would be able to commit more time and energy to it than if I volunteered as a mentor.

Would you pay for a coach or mentor? Why or why not? How do you decide when you would be an unpaid mentor to someone else, and when you’d charge money for being a coach / mentor?

[photo credit: jfre81]

Oct 192009

One of my main StrengthsFinder themes is INPUT ::

People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

Yes indeedy I love gathering information. I’m a data pack rat. No information overload. I don’t keep it in my brain nor on my hard drive. I prefer to save my finds in an online notebook – for access from almost anywhere there’s internet access, including a friend’s smartphone or public library. Here are free online notebooks I’ve found and some of the features that I noticed:

  • evernote – this one is robust with tons of features, able to store photos, audios, PDFs, text, Word Docs; has bookmarklet, Firefox add-on, desktop app, iPhone app, so many different ways to post and to access info; paid premium version goes for $45 per year for extras [here's my public notebook powered by evernote]
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  • ubernote – this looks like a robust online notebook web app, so much so that one user moved to ubernote from evernote; yes, it’s got a Firefox add-on toolbar, and a paid premium version in the works
  • diigo – this online notebook can gather notes, make lists, and keep bookmarks, plus has community features to share notes with others in the diigo network, and you can post sticky notes on web pages to add & read comments; Firefox add-on toolbar or bookmarklet; integrates with delicious.com; has an import from Google Notebook function but I couldn’t get it to work
  • springnote – this one is based on an editable wiki idea, and developed in Korea, so it can handle English, Korean, and Japanese; personal and group notebook; this has an iPhone app too
  • Zotero – this one is more tightly integrated with a Firefox add-on extension, and has a stronger academic researcher feature set to manage bibliography citations; not sure where the actual notes get stored
  • springpad – this web app is more than an online notebook, and has all kinds of apps that you can activate to organize your life, like recipes and reviews and lists, more than notes
  • Zoho Notebook – gather tons of content, and even has version control to track changes, which is very useful if several note collectors work collaboratively
  • Google Notebook – this was a good online notebook, but the software has ceased development is running on cruise control, or as I’ve said on several occasions, put on ice.

Which online notebook web app do you use, and why do you love it? While it’d be great to keep everything in one place, that also means all the risk is in one place.

Sep 032009

Being on vacation, I’ve resisted making plans — I find planning to be drudgery work. So I’ve been quite spontaneous, even though that makes it hard to sync up with others who aren’t able to be spontaneous with me at the same time. Nevertheless…

Got to connect with Mary Beth Stockdale on this wetoku video chat interview today. We talked about her experience in being a part of a community with the LifeChurch.tv online church, and how online relationships are just as real as their offline counterparts.

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