As a digital ministry coach, blogger and founder of Gospel Sneeze Academy, I read a lot of material about social media and the church. What makes this book by Nils stand out is a) it is very practical, offering some step by step instructions and practical guidance; b) it is not wordy – Nils gets right to the point and doesn’t seem to strive to lengthen the book unnecessarily; c) Nils provides real-life case studies and not just theory.
The book is a little dated right now (as any book on social media is almost immediately after publication), but still highly valuable which is a testament to how well it accomplishes its goal.
Though a few years old now, this book should be on your essential’s list.
As a ministry leader, understanding the cultural divide between Gutenbergers and Googlers is critical to the impact your message can have for God’s Kingdom in today’s world.
Not only will you love this book. But you’ll thank me for point it out to you. It’ll become an invaluable resource going forward…
Scary Close (Thomas Nelson, 2015)
Honestly, like a lot of people I’ve spent a good portion of my life on stage. Not literally. Figuratively. Performing for the people around me. Thriving on the applause. And yet hiding my “real self” behind the curtain fearing that if people learn who I really am, they wouldn’t like me very much.
In Scary Close, Miller’s own journey to dropping the facade was refreshing and inspiring. Reading this book was one long “hey, I’m not the only one” moment. The book helped me step out from behind the curtain and be myself. To get scary close and find true intimacy in the relationships that matter most, in private, in business and in ministry life.
Launch (Morgan James Publishing, 2014)
This book is about launching a product to make money. But it doesn’t have to be. The principles in Jeff Walker’s book can have a profoundly positive affect on ministries and ministry projects. Jeff has built a launch strategy that focuses on giving loads of content simply for the sake of helping others, leveraging triggers inherent in humans to draw people in, and partnering with other to make a bigger splash.
How does this apply to churches? See my next post where I explain more.
As a side note, yes, this book is specifically about learning how to make money from home. It is, in a word, fantastic and gimmick-free. And I think people in ministry, especially pastors and their wives, could really benefit from Jeff’s strategies.
The Social Church (Moody Publishers, 2014)
What made this book particularly helpful was the way it joined stats and story to draw a compelling narrative. There are two principles from this book that stood out for me. First, Justin reminded me that the church is innately social, people are innately social, and God designed us that way. Second is that the church has a history of being early adopters of technology that can be used to further God’s kingdom. One of the greatest inventions until the advent of the internet was Gutenberg’s printing press. And the first book printed on it was the Bible.
This is a great read, especially for leaders in the Christian community!
Talk Like Ted (St. Martin's Press, 2014)
Talk Like Ted really changed my approach to public speaking whether I’m giving a seminar talk or a Sunday morning sermon. Not only is this book filled with great principles for delivering an amazing talk that your audience will actually enjoy listening to, be moved to action and retain longer, but it also goes into the science behind why these principles work.
If you are a pastor, preacher or any other type of public speaker do yourself and your audience a favour, buy this book. Read it. Absorb it. Practice it.