A few years ago, Doug and I produced an epic event. Called Christianity21, it gathered 21 amazing speakers to give talks of 21 minutes each. We were wowed at the quality of the presentations. Here’s what it looked like:
Well, Christianity21 is back, baby, this time with help from our friend and event producer, Sarah Cunningham! We’re holding it in January in Denver (yes, you can take me skiing afterwards). We’ve got a great line-up of presenters, and this time there’s going to be a chance for you to nominate yourself to be one of the voices at Christianity21.
So please consider joining us. There’s a super-early-bird rate of $179 that’s good only through the end of August. There’s also a great opportunity for your organization to sponsor this ground-breaking event, so drop us a line about that.
Don’t wait! Register Now for Christianity21 and help us fashion the future of the Christian faith!
The JoPa Group (aka Tony JOnes and Doug PAgitt) are excited to announce a conference for next Spring: Funding the Missional Church will be held May 1-3 in Minneapolis and will bring together the best thinkers and practitioners on the topics of building missional church communities that are financially sustainable.
When a church goes missional, it really does change everything. But what does stewardship look like? How does a missional church raise money for its own mission? And how does it lead the congregation in missional generosity?
Details are coming soon, and the website will be live early next month. But in the meantime you can RSVP at the Facebook event to stay abreast of all the developments.
This November, I’ll be helping Doug Pagitt host the first-ever Church Planters Academy. We’re holding it at Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis, and highlighting some of the top church planters over the last decade: Tim Keel, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Bruce Reyes-Chow, Nanette Sawyer, Tim Conder, Don and Pam Heatley and more.
There’s something in that list that I’d like you to pay heed to: we’ve got women church planters, a bunch of them, in fact.
I often hear from people that they’d like to hear from women who have successfully planted churches. Well, there’s is simply no other place to hear from a collection of women (and men) who’ve planted churches. All men HERE. All men HERE. And I could go on.
But not at CPA! Our roster is equally men and women.
So come, and learn about what it takes to plant a church and keep it going. We’ll talk about funding, about leaning into your own gifts, about discerning your call to plant, and about guarding your spirit during the inevitable ups and downs of planting a church.
And, only through this Thursday, save $100 off of registration. So don’t wait! Register today!
Been super busy this week. I’m also taking a bit of a breather on the blog as I’m going to be amping up my blogging significantly beginning on June 1.
But I did want to drop a shout-out to the great folks in Minnesota and Indiana who attended Social Phonics Boot Camps yesterday and today. Below are a couple images of the day, from the incomparable Courtney Perry. We’ve added five Coaches to the Social Phonics team, and we’re booking Boot Camps for Fall 2011 and Winter 2012, so please drop me a line if you’d like to host one.
I’m thrilled to announce that Doug and I have today launched the website for Social Phonics, our endeavor to train pastors, ministry leaders, and non-profit leaders in the use of social media. Please check it out. And join us at a Boot Camp or Summer Camp!
The latest edition of the JoPa Productions email newsletter, the JoPanator, was sent today. I wrote the following article briefing churches and ministries about how the new Facebook group function might affect them:
Last week, Facebook announced that they were launching a new version of groups. It can be difficult to keep up with all of the changes in Facebook and Twitter, so here’s a quick primer on the latest change.
Facebook has come under scrutiny for privacy concerns in the last couple years. Users were not comfortable, for instance, that when they posted a picture or note on the wall of a group, that would also show up on their own profile newsfeeds for all of their friends to see. While there have been work-arounds for this, they were never very intuitive.
What the new type of Facebook Groups allows is for privacy. For instance, something posted to a group will only be visible to other members of that group, and it will only show up in the newsfeed of the poster when viewed by other members of the group.
Read the rest here: A Free iPad, a New Venture, and What Do Facebook Groups Mean for You?
Today, Doug and I announce that the social media arm of JoPa Productions is Social Phonics. We’d love for you to follow us on Facebook, and register for our upcoming social media boot camps in Pasadena, Boston, Sioux Falls, Dallas, and Minneapolis.
Doug and I are collecting an outstanding array of faculty — including Stina Busman, Carla Barnhill, Greg Boyd, Andy Root, and Russell Rathbun — to present short courses on all sorts of subjects — from the God of the Old Testament to organic gardening — at our JoPa Summer Institute on Life & Ministry. It’ll happen this July 19-23 in Minneapolis, and we hope that you’ll consider joining us.