The Importance of the Follow-up

Josh RichardTelling Our Stories

I have had a dim view of church mission trips for much of my life. At best, they felt exploitative and self-righteous. At worst, they were damaging to vulnerable populations and an opportunity for a new Facebook profile photo. Anecdotally, that view is common among non-church goers. I think we’re getting the messaging wrong. We lead with dates and times and leave the stories of mission work untold. We spend a lot of time organizing … Read More

Going Live

Tanner PickettTelling Our Stories

So you’ve got an amazing ministry going and you’d like to get people involved. What if there were a way for hundreds, even thousands of people to witness and even participate in that ministry? Well, luckily for you, there is. Social media has worked its way into nearly every aspect of our lives. We’ve seen it evolve over the last decade from digital content in the form of blogs, to making connections and sharing our … Read More

God Nods

Jill DuffieldTelling Our Stories

Early into my tenure as the pastor of a small church in rural North Carolina, when I was anxious about preaching every week and unsure God would indeed supply the words through the Word from Sunday to Sunday, I received a gift. I received a divine gift, what a friend of mine calls a “God nod.” A God nod is a small, but unmistakable affirmation of God’s presence. As I drove to worship on this … Read More