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Kinetic Church is a church in Atlanta Georgia (USA) and meets in a movie theatre.  Each week they set up everything for church and then take it down again and put it into a trailer.  One week they had their stuff stolen.  They made a really nice response that showed grace and a true Christ-like response.  Here’s the link if you want to see it.  Really cool.  They even invited the person that stole their stuff to come to their church.

The church received a donation from a local company to put up billboards around the town.  The billboards read the following:

kinetic church billboard

Kinetic Church Billboard

The term ‘ballsy’ got a lot of attention but so did their methodology.  They received a lot of accolades as well as a lot of criticism mostly from the local Christian community.

This has been discussed a lot on the blogs when it happened a few months ago.  But now I come to you with the question: what would your church do?  And it’s a good exercise to think about.

I think a lot of churches would view themselves as a victim and soak up the attention and the tragedy.  I think it’s similar to the way that a lot of Christians would respond: poor me.  But how are we supposed to respond?

Over the last few months I have been somewhat distracted by Facebook, and unlike almost all the other social networking sites I have tried, I have found non-techie friends are using it.

Facebook difference

Many people are raving about it, and I can understand why as I have caught up with people I haven’t spoken to for many years. Unlike email, there is a instantness of communication with people and no spam. Which means that short conversations can happen quickly, but without the intensity of instant messaging.

Also, unlike other social community websites, the privacy settings allow for close control of profile and information.

I had been using on-line photo sharing websites, but these don’t come close to Facebook in the social aspect of being able to tag friends and share photos with restricted groups of people.

But what about the church?

I have tried, unsuccessfully to coax church members onto mychurch.org (one member plus me to date).

I thought the reason for this failure was because people didn’t want to sign up for another on-line service that they might not use, and they couldn’t see a use for it.

However, after setting up a church group on Facebook, we already have 10 members. This is because church members were already users of Facebook, so joining a group was easy.

Using Facebook for your church

The other benefit is that non-Christian friends on Facebook can see what groups you join and so can see easily your affiliations. So rather than a closed Christian networking site, Facebook is a social networking site that better reflects your friendships and not just your Christian clique. It is obviously no substitute for sharing your faith in person, but allows you to create a profile that reflects your faith and to share this with your other friends.

With group events pages, we can better manage what is happening rather than a storm of emails and phone calls trying to arrange event.

How are other churches using Facebook?

Let me know in the comments how your church is using Facebook or other social networking sites.

It might not seem like a usual choice, but apparently because of the similarity between cigarette papers and the pages of bibles, the same machines produce both. Therefore machines originally produced to make pages for bibles are being switched to meet demand for cigarettes.

There are at least two good reasons to stop smoking. Number one: It may [sic] damage your health. Number two: It raises the production costs for bibles, ASSIST News Service reports. The Chinese craving for cigarettes is responsible for rising paper costs in bible printing, according to the business manager of the German Bible Society, Felix Breidenstein. Because of the rising demand for cigarette paper in China the special thin paper used in bible printing is getting more expensive, as Breidenstein told the German news magazine Der Spiegel. The German Bible Society sells approximately 400,000 bibles per year.

Found via: ESV Bible Blog

Any gathering of people gives the opportunity for evangelism. So why not the Cricket World Cup? (Christianity Today). After all, it is the 3rd biggest sporting event in the world (after the football world-cup and the Olympic games).

The Caribbean Baptist Fellowship (CBF), one of the six regional bodies of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), has said that it views the Cricket World Cup as an opportunity for evangelism and ministry.

CBF is also setting up prayer tents that allow volunteers to minister one-on-one to the thousands visiting the area.


I have been enjoying the Cricket that is taking place in recent weeks (or is it months now?), even if it has only been via cricinfo, Radio 4 LW and late TV highlights. Of course watching England is somewhat painful, but they will probably be put out of their misery soon, and we can go to hope at least some of the teams run Australia close.

From the Guardian yesterday:

Notorious for laborious puns and facetious wordplay, the writers behind the signs outside churches and chapels are to get their first chance to compete for an annual donation to congregation funds.

The pulpits have long been recognised as an opportunity of marking the presence of a lively church, so long as vicars or wardens remember to replace the messages before print fades or paper peels.

If you want to enter, here are the details. The prize is £500 donation to a church or charity.

In an effort to ‘clean-up’ in the search market and push specialised business search engines, like yell.com, to the sidelines, Google has beefed up its business listings. Like many directory services, Google sees churches as just one type of business so make sure your church is listed.

Importantly, this is applicable to the UK and UK churches and not just US churches (and it is free). Try and see if it available for your own country’s version of Google.

You have been able to add detail to the listing of your church for some time, but Google has increased the range of information you can now add, for instance 10 photographs and custom attributes. You enter a few details, and then a letter will be received in the post for security reasons before the listing is created.

To add your church, go to Google UK maps add business (for US churches go here).

Found via: Mark Anderson’s guest post on Church Communications Pro.


Previously: the features does a church needs on its homepage, searching for church and a location and Using the Internet to find a church.

As a follow-up post to ‘Using the church for secular marketing’, there is an article specifically on using the fish symbol prominently as part of a business logo and the effect this has on Christian consumers.

He noticed a familiar and welcome image on the sign posted at the business: a stylized fish, a commonly used symbol to denote Jesus Christ.

The identification of Jesus with a fish traces to the first centuries of the church. The Christian connotation stems in large measure from the use of ‘ichthus’ [or ‘icthyus’] the Greek word for fish, as an acrostic for the phrase “Jesus Christ God’s Son is Saviour.”

Ichthys Jesus fish symbol Clearly the use of the fish symbol divides opinion. On the one hand the Christian businessperson is showing their faith extends to all areas of their life. But it can so easily be seen as a gimmicky marketing ploy. After all the symbol is not exactly ‘proof’ of someone’s faith or religious status.

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