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Social Media Ideas

When your planting a church, one of the biggest Elephants in the room is… no one knows you exist.
No matter how much you believe in your church, no how great you are, no matter how great your team is the truth is if they don’t know you are there what good is it?

Advertising is reminding. You need constant reminders to remind people you are there and you are doing well.

Here are some ideas to help you get the most of social media.

Which ones to utilize.:

  • Facebook Page
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • LinkedIn

How to use them:
FACEBOOK:
Create a Facebook Page
Create Events like crazy
Friend people from your local area so your posts show up on their feeds
Post something everyday if possible to keep yourself in the feed

TWITTER:
Post something everyday if possible
Encourage people to tweet your message quotes DURING THE SUNDAY WORSHIP EXPERIENCE
Make every post link back to your website if possible to continue to drive people back there

YOUTUBE:
Take video of everything: Worship Experience, Team Members, Growth Track sessions, events, etc, etc, etc.
As long as it’s in a positive light of your church video it.
Then you can use it for the other social media venues.
Do a weekly announcement commercial.

VIMEO:
Same as YouTube

Check the stats. More than ever social media is how our world connects.
The more available and connectable you make yourself, the better.

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Books
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Books Everyone Should Read

Before having to restart my blog I had posted many, many titles and what I thought about them.

There probably will not be a repeat of all these in detail coming any time soon but here’s a few that everyone should read who’s serious about getting better.

1. Next Generation Leader (By: Andy Stanley)

2. QBQ

3. Purple Cow (By: Seth Godin)

4. Pretty Much anything by John Maxwell

  • 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
  • 15 Laws of Personal Growth
  • Developing the Leader Within You
  • Maximize Leadership

5. Ir-Reverend (By: Greg Surratt)

6. Making Vision Stick (By: Andy Stanley)

7. Attractional Church(By: Billy Hornsby)

8. Breath of Fresh Air (By: Chris Hodges)

9. Anything by John Bevere

10. Sun Stand Still (By: Steven Furtick)

Etc, Etc, Etc.

I could go on and on. One of the best things about books isn’t necessarily what’s written on the pages. Rather it’s what the books makes you realize about yourself. These books help you understand yourself better, what you’re good at, and how you can improve.

Non “Christian” books:

1. Unbroken (full of faith but not centered around Christianity) Story of Louis Zamperini

2. Stand Like Lincoln, Speak Like Churchill (Great book on public speaking) Not fun to read. Get the audiobook

3. The Hunger Games (Great release books for relaxing and enjoying a story)

4. The Lord of the Rings (Same as above except a much longer story)

5. Entreleadership (By Dave Ramsey)

 

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We Have A Savior

Wish I had of found this song early enough in the year.
Definitely be singing this next year.

 

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A Different Kind of Prayer

Found this prayer today. The author is unknown.

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Heavenly Father, Help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and was rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.

Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can’t make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.

Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.

Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not just to those who are close to us but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judgment and quick to forgiveness and patience and empathy and love.

AMEN

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A Letter to RLC
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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC! There are 5 things I would love to share with you today…

#1- This past weekend was so awesome. It was great seeing everyone of you. With the holiday season in full swing, finals weeks upon us, work parties, family gatherings, planes to catch, etc, etc, it was something special to see everyone honoring God and worshiping together. We celebrate the one person who also gav their life to Christ Sunday! That never gets old.

#2- Sunday’s message is already being called by some one of the most impactful messages of the year! We do apologize for the technical difficulties which also resulted in it not being as easy to hear for the online audience. However, don’t forget the main point of the week, Bring HOPE. Even more important than bringing your favorite dish, present, or whatever this holiday season, always remember to Bring HOPE to everyone around you. The ones you least expect really need it the most.

#3- December 23rd will be a special day for RLC. We always want to be creative and find fresh ways to do things together. Who ever heard of a church who has a picnic on Mother’s Day or has a FlashLight Easter Egg Hunt with glow-in-the-dark eggs?
WE DO!
Keeping with that same unpredictable theme we will NOT be having a regular service on December 23rd. We WILL be having a special Christmas brunch so we can share the holiday season with our families and having fun together. There will be food, fun, music, and I’ll be reading the Christmas story. You don’t want to miss this. Be looking for the RLC: CONNECT coming out this week with more info and also hear about it this Sunday.

#4- Fasting in January. You’ve already begun hearing me talk about this on Sunday mornings. Every year, RLC begins things right by doing a church-wide fast in the month of January. It’s a 21 day opportunity for you to draw closer to God. This year’s theme is “Because There Must Be More”.  Info such as dates, and types of fasts can be found here. –> A Link to our site with more info is here.
The main question you are probably asking is, “Do I have to do this?” Answer: Of course not. This isn’t some type of ‘right of passage’ or something. It’s simply a time when we try to get closer to God through this spiritual discipline. You’ll be hearing more about it in the weeks to come.

#5- I found some fun videos for Christmas to leave you with today. Hope you enjoy them.

 Tim Hawkins on Christmas

 Christmas Linebacker

Story of Christmas Preformed by Kids

 It’s A Wonderful Life (Full movie)

That’s it for this week. Hope you all have a safe and Merry Christmas.  See you Sunday.

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A Letter to RLC
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A Letter to RLC>>>

Helloooo RLC!

It was so awesome to see everyone yesterday! What an amazing day! I wanted to share 5 quick things with you:

1. BIG, HUGE SHOUT OUT to one of the amazing ladies of RLC, Kathy! She made the special treats for everyone in the lobby area and it was wonderful. So talented and giving. She showed some of the best of who we are at RLC! Way to go Kathy! You’re awesome!

2. Sunday’s message really changed my life in it’s preparation and I’ve been so blessed to hear that it made a difference in so many of you as well. When we truly see through the eyes of Jesus we experience so much love for those around us. Some have asked for a link to the prayer I read toward the end of the service. Here’s a link to it.

3. Thank you to everyone who served the city of Bowling Green over the weekend at the lighting of the square and the BG Christmas parade! We gave out over 750 cups of free hot chocolate. It was a wonderful experience and we had more fun than those receiving the cocoa. Thanks for the being the hands and feet of Jesus.

4. RLC has another opportunity to serve the city of Bowling Green this weekend. We’re partnering with the HOPE House to give provide presents to over 300 families this Christmas! They’re asking for all willing to help warp the presents this Friday night. I think this is awesome. Half the fun for a child receiving a Christmas gift is ripping off the paper! If you would like the opportunity to serve, email us for more details here.

5. This Sunday begins a fresh series entitled “HOPE”. Don’t miss this amazing two week series and experience HOPE in your life as well as practical tips on sharing HOPE with others.

That’s it for this week. Look forward to seeing you Sunday or at a Life Group this week.

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A Letter to RLC
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A Letter to RLC>>>

Howdy RLC!
What a great weekend! You guys are so awesome. This week I wanted to tell you about three things:

Number 1: Thanks for playing along with me and enjoying the clip of Tim Hawking. He’s simply hilarious. For more of his great humor, watch these videos:

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Number 2:    This coming week RLC is going to be a part of the Lighting of the Square (Friday) and the Bowling Green Christmas parade festivities (Saturday). This is going to be an opportunity to show our love for BG! We would love you to be a part of it. For more info, email us here.

Number 3: There have been some great miracles and blessings RLC has recently enjoyed which I cannot wait to tell you about. More info is coming soon. Just know that great things are coming our way.

You are awesome. Have a great week!

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A Letter to RLC
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A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

This has got to be one of the best times of the year.  I’m not talking about the food, the time off from school, or the shopping either. While all that can be engaging, the best part of this time of year is that many people begin to count their blessings.
Some of us realize how truly blessed we are.
Do you realize how blessed you are today? If not, you might be surprised. Here are a 3 places to look:

1. Look back. Where were you this time last year? What were you doing? Look at how you’ve made it this year, where you’ve been, how you’ve grown. You may not be where you want to be yet but you are definitely on the way.

2. Look around. We never want to glory in other peoples misfortunes. However when we look at our neighbors we can easily see how blessed we are. Most of us are surrounded with blessings other people would kill for. This can also be a way to notice one of the greatest blessings you can receive. Noticing the needs of others can give you a chance to serve. There’s no greater blessing than to BE a blessing to someone else.

3. Look up. The  Bible says, “All good things come from the Lord.” The Bible also says, “I look up to the hills. Where does my help come from? It comes from the Lord, Maker of Heaven and Earth.” I guarantee God has been better to me and you than either of us deserve. That’s the mark of a great daddy.

I’m so thankful for all of you. Thank you RLC for such a great first year. With our one year anniversary coming up, I can’t wait to celebrate with you and see where we go from here.

Hope you all have a very safe and very Happy Thanksgiving.

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