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Communication Ministry at New City Fellowship

We need gifted and passionate servants at our church to serve in the Communication Ministry. Communication Ministry uses the gifts of aesthetics, design, and composition through images and text to share information in a compelling and engaging way. As an artist, I know that I can use a song to covey a message in a much more powerful and meaningful way than if that same message is simply read. I can read a sermon, but a gifted pastor can present a sermon in a more compelling way through their oratory skills. In the same way, just about anyone can create a power point presentation or a make a digital video, but without the particular gifts, their presentation is not as compelling.

In our worship service, we use projected text to give the congregation the words of the songs we’re singing. Just like singing, the process of switching slides in time with a song is something almost anyone can do, but not every person is uniquely gifted as a leader. I have to confess that as the leader of the worship music ministries, I have mostly been looking for “warm bodies” to just show up and click the button. However, I have become more aware recently that I have been presenting this service opportunity in the wrong light. No one wants to just serve in any ministry as a “warm body”. God created us to have particular gifts that reflect his glory in us. I would love to find volunteers for our ministry that are longing for an opportunity to let these gifts be unleashed for the service of the kingdom. Please take a moment to pray for this vision.

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How Social Networking is like the Tower of Babel

I took the plunge and signed up for Twitter this week. I am still learning how to use it effectively. It’s a simple concept, but I would love any advice from Twitter users about how to integrate it with Facebook, wordpress, and myspace.

Meanwhile, I’m starting to feel overwhelmed with social networking fatigue.  This morning, I was thinking about social networking in light of the story of the “Tower of Babel.” It’s as if we are building this amazing system of communication that has the potential of connecting everyone on the planet. But, it seems like the bigger it gets the more confusing it is and the more we actually fail to communicate. Lately, email is not successfully communicating. Facebook is also loosing it’s effectiveness. Blogs seem to be neglected by their authors. I feel like the more I reach for the masses, the more I seem to loose the effectiveness of my message.

A more traditional, geographic system of community reaches fewer people, but each interaction is more meaningful. Sarah and I have been enjoying the opportunities to show hospitality that owning a home provides. Having face-to-face interactions gives me so much more satisfaction as well as genuine concern for my neighbor. So with that being said, I want to encourage everyone who reads this to have a very Happy Halloween! Turn off your computer and knock on your neighbor’s door and do some good old-fashioned social networking.

(Then when your done, post pics on Facebook, tweet about what your favorite candy is, and blog about your favorite Halloween memories.)

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