But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 A person is always a better investment than a technology. My first huge ministry job when I was green as moss on the shady side of a redwood tree, placed me in a megachurch with a brand-new, state-of-the-art worship center. I was the guy who got to break in this beautiful room. The 150-plus light fixtures on the five catwalks at this point had no gels in them and were opened as wide as possible, washing the front church platform in blinding light. The joy of developing a team to aim the lights and design looks for our services, was one of the first tech accomplishments. The other was realizing that the back of the stage looked ugly. Two large doors to storage areas were there with bare walls. The staff leaders and I decided that adding curtains would enhance the room, adding appropriate contrast so our pastor and worship leaders would appear less pasty. Our vendor was terrific with explaining all of our options. But, one awkward moment with my boss and me was memorable. “Why do you want to automate this curtain? Don’t you have volunteers who can easily open and close the curtain?” You see, we could…
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?
There is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and many techniques to draw people to click to our blogs. But, how do you have a conversation that actually influences and reaches the right people? It is one thing to attract traffic to your blog or social media. You can get people’s attention once. However, that could do more harm than not if your desire is to actually influence thinking. Is your message worth a discussion or simply a click?
I have enjoyed being part of worship and music ministry in the local church since the days I used to develop Kodak Kodolith slides projected over a cyclorama curtain. The changing colors and the sharp, crisp slides were all in analog, including the spelling errors! The Saturday night ritual of developing in my darkroom-closet was quickly terminated upon the purchase of our church’s first digital projector. Then, the horrors of PowerPoint as applied to congregational singing commenced.
In our family of four there are more than four devices constantly engaged on WiFi at all times. There is an iPad, three smart phones, and four laptops that may be simultaneously logged into our home network and connected to the Internet. A teen friend may visit and bring at least two devices. Protecting my family from pornography content ranks high on the list, so when I had a chance to review a product that might address content filtering for my home I was happy to take it up.
I know in the title it says this will save you some pain. To be honest, I am in pain. Often, I read status updates or tweets that cause hives or indigestion. Those of us who are Christian’s at times tend to spiritualize banal activity online. How can some of us be so naive to use our social media immaturely, expressing our thoughts like ill-timed flatulence? I cannot answer that, but hope these ten guidelines save pain–for all of our sakes!
Geek Alert! Ever upgrade your RAM in a Starbucks? I did. Today. I own a Macbook Pro 13″ Mid 2010 that I picked up on Craigslist. It works great, but needed some boost for my Adobe CS6 and music software. Going from 4GBs of RAM to 8GBs of RAM will do the trick.
I am writing this to my core audience of creative leaders who are faith-based, but any business or non-profit leader can learn from this. If you are tired of being beaten up by all the reasons why you SHOULD do Twitter, then this post is surely for you.
In September of 2005 I launched “Rich Kirkpatrick’s Weblog” under the URL RichKirkpatrick.com. There were fewer of us creative ministry leaders out there back then on the “blogosphere” posting everything from our reading lists to reviews of worship tech. In the picture above, I was using a Mac G4 laptop. My blog was called a “weblog” which was still an acceptable term. A lot has changed since pre-Facebook, as MySpace.com then was a way I used to reach blog readers since it was the 4th largest website at that time. Today, as RKblog.com I reach more people and different people than when I began this journey. Facebook.com is a huge deal, without being the next thing in most of our minds any longer. I write better than I used to write. You would hope seven years honed some skill in that area, at least. Blogging has kept me up to date with all the social networking tools, since it still serves as a perfect hub for those–even in the midst of the rise and fall of many of them. I decided that celebrating this anniversary deserves a list of things I future-cast for the next seven years. So, let the party begin! Blogging will outlast Facebook. Sell your stock right now in FB! Blogging will become even more professional, but still be personal. Twitter will…
It seems upgrading software on your computer may be a weekly event. If you have a smart phone, the upgrades happen almost daily if you hoard as many apps as I do. Then, there is the new HTC or iPhone 5 phones arriving this fall. There are new versions of just about everything from cars to clothes. We are on en endless upgrade feedback loop, trapped on a path to the next thing. New is always better. But, while this may surely be true with technology, have we allowed ourselves to forsake the value of what takes time to age? Wine needs proper aging, and that is after the agricultural voodoo of growing grapes. A good single malt scotch is always better as a teenager–or so I am told. The wood of an old acoustic guitar is dryer with age, ringing with more color as the years progress. And, of course cooking an old family recipe needs no upgrading once it is perfected, such as the 100-year-old meatball recipe I cooked the other night. So, to some degree we appreciate the constant and the aging over the upgrade. Upgrading is not always practical nor fulfilling. We also upgrade our marriages, relationships, and get tired of people because people are just people. Our saturation with the next thing may very well keep us exhausted. Friends who…