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More Lineup….

Speaking in June will also be:

Culture:

Tommy Kyllonen AKA Urban D/Pastor of Crossover Church/Florida

Worship:

Jeff Deyo/Worship Leader, Founder of Pure Worship Institute

Jonathan Lee/Worship Leader/Artist

Technology:

We will have training from top recognized companies such as:

Media Shout

Yamaha

Shure

Stay tuned tomorrow as we release more of the upcoming months lineup.

Team IML

Innvoative Ministry Leader Coming June 2009

It is official we will be launching Innovative Ministry Leader in June of 2009!

Many of you have been asking exactly what we will be doing, and it is simple. Innovative Ministry Leader will be a complete web-based training center for today’s leaders. This site will be specifically for Pastors, Worship Leaders, Technicians, Musicians, Volunteers or anyone on a church staff.

The platform will be completely web-based, and offer many keynote speakers that you have seen at popular conferences across the country. It will focus in five areas or Leadership, Worship, Marketing, Culture and Technology. Each month we will release teachings in each of the five areas. After the broadcasts we will have best practice sessions using chat applications built into our platform, where you can connect with other leaders around the world.

Innovative Ministry Leader will be delivered on a membership platform where you can subscribe month to month, or for 6 or 12 months. Plans will start as low as $34.99 a month which you can share with your entire ministry team.

We have some exciting Partnerships we will be announcing over the next few weeks. We will also be offering some amazing incentives you will not want to miss for signing up early. We will be announcing those over the next few weeks.

We will also be announcing our initial speakers in a few weeks on the blog. Be sure to stay tuned by subscribing for our RSS Feed or Email Feed located in the top right corner.

For a complete detail of Innovative Ministry Leader visit www.innovativeministryleader.com and click on “What is IML.” Also be sure to sign up for our email list where you will be offered early incentives for joining Innovative Ministry Leader.

Also you can join our Facebook group by clicking here.

Team IML

Change Yourself, Not the Church (phase_1)

The word “Change” is extremely popular in today’s culture. From political campaigns to new churches, it seems that everyone is looking for the next big Change.

Recently we have been convicted by some thoughts that have literally been keeping us up at night. We often hear and talk about attempts to innovate the way we do church; to make it better, make it more relevant. But in spite of all the efforts to make the Church something better than what we’ve inherited, we seem to be missing out on the truth about who Jesus has called us to be.

We have transitioned to a platform of consumerism in the American church. It seems that Sunday has become just another calendared event to attend. In his book The Divine Commodity, Skye Jethani takes a look at how the church has transitioned from being a community that used to be relational, into an industry that creates its own brand of entertainment and sub-culture.

Sometimes it seems that the way we “do church” is nothing more than entertainment for the sake of attracting more people.

Over the next few days we want to examine some areas of church life; not in the hopes of providing solutions, but to ask questions and have others provide encouragement and insight about how we can unite as one; changing who we are as Christ-followers rather than focusing on changing the way we do church.

Here is the verse that will drive much of our thoughts throughout the week. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2 NLT

Dwell and share your thoughts.

Team IML

Innovative Magazine List

Here is our Innovative Magazine List for this year. 

We tend to read faith based and non-faith based magazines to get insight and information that we can observe the best resources, leadership skills, and other practical skills to help deliver the gospel more effectively to today’s culture.

Faith Based List 

1. Outreach Magazine – Great publication for insight from todays Ministry Leaders, that focus on innovation and reaching out to people

2. Collide Magazine – Visual Media and other resources for Ministries

3. Relevant Magazine – Great insight for focusing on a deeper understanding of Culture

Non Faith-Based Magazines

1. Patrol Magazine – Online Publication that looks at News, Music, and other cultural issues. This is a great resource to get stripped down reviews of new albums both, Christian and Secular.

2. Fast Company – Great insight into looking at innovative companies and leaders of the business world.

We realize there are a lot of great magazines out in the world to check out. This is the start of the list and we plan to add some more titles by the end of the year.

Feel free to shoot us some information if you know of any online or in print magazines that might have the insight and information for reaching today’s culture. We are currently in search for a strong Magazine that covers Worship. 

Team IML

Are You a Saint or the Anti-Christ? Take the Faith-Based Marketing Quiz

Greg Stielstra, author and probably one of the most influential marketeers in business world, just put a quiz at his blog, www.pyromarketing.typepad.com The quiz is to exam how well you understand the faith community. Be sure to go and post your thoughts.

 

faith-based-marketing

Greg has previously written a book called Pyromarketing, and has a new title coming out called Faith Based Marketing, The Guide to Reaching 140 Christian Customers. (releases April 2009)  You can keep up to date for his new book at www.faithbasedmarketing.com

Team IML

Innovate_not Imitate (Phase_1)

Innovate, Not Imitate 

I have been thinking of this topic for some time now.

What is true innovation?

Yes, I have a great love for technology and the benefits of its uses everyday, but I am deeply convicted by the reliance we have put on it in today’s church. It seems the deeper we get within technology, the more we are losing touch with REAL relationships.

Look at some of the largest churches in America. They can have everything from state of the art sounds systems, cutting edge visual media, intelligent lights and so much more. We commonly see different things imitated between the big ministries across the country. But as they grow by the thousands, where are the true authentic relationships. But after a while we start to notice that the largest churches in America, stop becoming the fastest growing and stay stagnate after a specific reach.

Why does growth stop after a certain point? 

It seems that many people come and go, like their looking for the next Night at the Roxbury. But in the club world great venues come and go. Some stay hot for years, and some never make a break. But then there are a select group of venues that have always been popular, CBGB’s, Abbey Road, House of Blues, etc. These places have hosted some of the  most popular groups in the World and have always had people drawn back to them. Somehow they have left everlasting relationships with their consumers. 

What is it about places like this?

Back to the Church, like great clubs and venues, we have churches with amazing speakers, talented worship leaders, and strong programming. But people tend to come and go. Why do we grow to a certain point while lacking in the area of retention. 

I strongly feel that it comes down to the word retention. The best way we see high retention is through strong relationships. 

Strong Relationships?

Well my church has small groups! Of course they do, so do many others. So why are people still coming and going?

Let’s just think for a moment. What if a church of 20,000, all of a sudden took away all of the bells and whistles. We are talking about the Sound Systems, Lighting, Visual Media, etc. Take it outside for one weekend, just a Pastor and his people. 

As a leader what would you do? How would things be different? 

We need to become innovative in our relationships. What? Is that possible? Innovative in our Relationships? This does not necessarily mean having the coolest resources of something to do this. But finding out what clicks to build a strong relationship. 

Think about the Ministry of Jesus. Down to just plain black and white. It WAS the Church with no walls, no sound system, and no web site, but people followed. In fact enough people followed one man that his ministry still exists today. Just a thought. 

Even take the Printed Bible. What if we had to memorize scripture? Yes, the printing press is one of the greatest technological inventions of all time. But What if we had to emphasize on memorization. 

We have to move from complete reliance on technology and how fast it advances us, and back to the heart of relationships. Jesus was a relational leader. When a strong relationship is built, it lasts. Small groups are amazing, but we have to become innovative with the way we approach people to get them into a small group. We have to become truly authentic, so they can be who they really are.

This is not a call to abandon the resources we have at our disposal. Yes we can reach so far with the advancements of modern technology and we would be foolish not to utilize. 

But lets focus on innovation in our relationships. We need to stop focusing on imitating other leaders and start innovating with people in front of us. (This does not mean to stop learning from others, but starting thinking for yourself!) 

Innovation is not Imitating the church next door. In fact I am more lead to believe that TRUE INNOVATION is being more original and using less resources to make an impact. Any church can build a state of the art building, hire the best speaker, and make it and entertaining place. But retention is not something everyone can say has been mastered and that is why I am writing this. 

What does that look like. I can’t truly tell you but it will be an ongoing project as we look deeper into the focus or retaining true relationships that last. 

Stay tune, Provide Feedback, and lets take this journey together…..

Team IML

The Power of 5 (Part 4 of 5) Culture

Culture seems to be a component that most ministries and organizations like to brush over. We feel that one of the real reasons the church is not growing is because of the lack of interest they have in different cultures. Each city across the country has a vast variety of different cultures. 

Understanding the world we live in is important especially when it comes to being real and relevant. If we are to share Jesus our Savior who we love so much, we have to understand the world we are presenting him in. This does not mean to be of the world, but to acknowledge it, to be able to connect with the people that need him most. 

We see many churches and ministry making a strong effort to reach out to different cultures that many would never even approach. One that we really admire is Crossover Church in Tampa, Fl. They specifically reach out to the hip hop culture. XXX Church is another that recently moved to Las Vegas to help people deal with the sin of Pornography. They have also been able to lead many adult entertainers out of the industry and into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

What are some ways you can connect with you local culture? Where are some areas that need Jesus the most?

We live in a dark world and we have to be the change. 

Team IML