5 Sins of Social Media Users – How to grow a flimsy, fake following!

Social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram are now not only personal expressions but company branding machines. With the proliferation of this new media, I have identified five sins that create weak impact—unless you are into rewarding stupidly bad behavior. And, they drive me crazy! The dark side of social media might hurt you more than help. Many companies see added stats to follower lists, but do they know that their supposed social media manager is cheating a system instead of engaging people? 

FEAR: Media’s Motivator, Our Trap

Old stories such as “Hansel and Gretel”  and “Little Red Riding Hood” were meant to put fear into children. Lessons such as Aesop’s “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” were likely to prevent a child from basically ringing the fire alarm for fun. Fear is a motivator. It works. Fear of losing your job can be leveraged to keep you and your coworkers from offering legitimate grievances and used in turn to add hours and workload without additional compensation. From TV news to Facebook posts about the ending of the world, fear sells and gets our attention. Our fight or flight chemistry is amped to the max. It’s a science and it works.

Influence versus Popularity: What drives you as a leader?

In ministry leadership at times you must make a clear choice. Will I be influential or will I be popular? When both are possible–which is a rare occasion of fortune–you have a windfall of capital to leverage. However, popularity and the power that comes from it is acquired by the minutia of the direction of the wind, and is as fickle as the latest fad. Influence, on the other hand, is based on time and the reputation that results. To maintain popularity requires a crisis management at every threat. To maintain influence simply means you keep a steady hand.

CREATIVITY: 5 Strategies to Fight “Blank Canvas Panic”

Many spend hours preparing their presentation, their set list of music, or the communication video reel each week only to succumb to the terrible, habitual blank canvass panic. This “blank canvass panic” (or BCP) experience raises your blood pressure and catalyzes the acidic wash inside your stomach. This is the empty page, the blank screen, the note-less and rhythmless song. Likely, you will recover. But, deadlines head toward you like a freight train on a mission.

I have put below ten strategies to help us creatives through the BCP. Better than breathing into a paper bag or bingeing on ice cream are some methods to calm the madness of your creative storm, Some anxiety should be celebrated and leveraged, but the tsunami production output is calling your name.

Why Being Yourself Doesn’t Always Work: Job Advice for Church Creatives

Because the establishment already has an idea of who they want and if you don’t fit their mold, you’re not getting in.

Because the establishment has leverage, a.k.a. money and platform, and that’s what you need. 

Because the whole idea of just being yourself deludes you into thinking that they value you being yourself as much as you do.

These are the stark realities for you as a creative looking for a church job. I’m using the word job because that’s what it is:  a job. This is not a family business, no matter what they say. You’re too new. 

Developing Volunteers: Spiritual Boss vs. Spiritual Casting Director

You have a seminary degree, been given the title “pastor” or “minister” or your the youth or worship director. Spiritually, you are responsible for God’s presence being felt in the room if a worship leader or the word being rightly divided if the preacher. This affords appropriate honor, even pay for some. But, this does not mean you know how to put together a spread sheet, coach people to their potential, or even develop strategic plans. Bible school does not even mention what to do when successful in reaching people or how to get there.