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In the past year, we’ve been living in Fresno, Ca laying the groundwork for Two Cities Church, starting an LLC called Four12 Group, and raising our kids. Our schedules have been crazier than they’ve ever been. So, how do I keep it all straight? There’s tons and tons of apps, websites, and programs out there that can help you accomplish your mission. Let’s call those things tools. Here’s a list of my favorite tools that I’ve used over the past year. In no particular order, they are:

  • The Bible
    I frequently read my physical, 1984 NIV, bible as well as use the YouVersion iPhone App. This guides and frames the way at which I interpret life and react to it.
  • Prayer
    When I told someone about our church planting dream, the first words out of his mouth were, “You better be prayed up.” And he was right.
  • Asana
    A project management website. Trust me, you need it or something similar. I track everything on there and I can assign things to other people and see their progress.
  • Revision Printing
    At Two Cities, we order a lot of printed material. Business cards, invite cards, information pieces, connection cards and signs. And we do it ALL through Revision Printing. Low cost, excellent service and on time… every time.
  • Facebook
    I know, I know. Facebook is what’s wrong with the world today. But you gotta go where the people meet to reach them. People are on there all the time and I can’t tell you how many important conversations started on social media for me. I manage a couple of pages and use Facebook Ads to reach new people as well. PLUS, they recently added hashtags to track conversations to Facebook. Seems insignificant, but it really does change the game.
  • WordPress
    I use WordPress as the backend of just about every website I’ve ever created or currently manage. The applications seem limitless for this content management system.
  • Instagram
    With the addition of video integration, I’m sold on Instagram and I dropped Vine. Instagram is quickly becoming the gateway drug to Twitter.
  • Dropbox
    I use dropbox to store and share about 10GBs of information. I use it with Four12, Two Cities and my personal life. I can sync it across multiple computers, my iPad, my iPhone and I can always access it through their website.
  • iCal
    The native calendar system of all iOS devices. It works seamlessly across multiple devices and keeps me on track, day-to-day.
  • Google Drive
    Another online document storage place, that I use for various data collecting and archiving.
  • Moleskin Notebook
    Moleskin is the notebook of choice.
  • MailChimp
    A professional email site. You can keep address lists, email templates and more in your account on their site.
  • HootSuite
    Scheduling social media posts can be a huge time-saver.
  • Nextdoor
    A new website and app who’s purpose is to create a small social network for your local neighborhood. It’s not a standard for me yet, but I have been in contact with some of my immediate neighbors through it.
  • Email / Text Messaging / Phone

Did I mention that most of this is free.
So what do you use on a day-to-day basis?

Facebook recently announced they hit 1 Billion Users with the embedded video below.

There’s a lot of critics out there saying a big percentage of those users are inactive or spam. That may be true, but who cares. 1 Billion is a big number.

But what I’m impressed with is their sense of mission. It’s communicated very clearly in the above video that they exist to CONNECT people, to remind them they are not alone. The universe, the world, your city, your neighborhood, your local Starbucks, your cubicle, your classroom, your car, your bicycle, your mercedes, your local football stadium, your local movie theater, and yes, even your local church can be a lonely place.

At Two Cities Church there are 4 Things we ask our team to commit to involving their selves with and regardless of if it’s 1 Billion people or 2 people, we want these 4 Things for them. (Connect relationally, Give financially, Serve strategically and Invest & Invite)

Like Facebook, one of those things is to CONNECT with others. The difference is, we want our connection to be more than sharing your favorite music and movies, we want our connection to last into eternity. We want our connection to be like family, in the best possible way. We want Real connection, we want real relationships and we encourage people to pursue intimacy with God, connection with other people who are trying to follow Jesus and influence with the world around us.

Facebook is a great tool, that can help accelerate the rate at which you get to know someone’s outer life, but being involved in the local church is a connection that lasts way beyond screen time.

Come connect with us this Sunday, Oct 14th at 6pm. (2080 E. Tollhouse Rd, Clovis, Ca 93611). Click here to RSVP on Facebook, LOL.

It’s Worth It. Pt. 2

August 28, 2012 — 1 Comment

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A few days ago I talked about a girl who I met in Starbucks and how she ultimately said, “If there was a church like that, I’d go.” And the “like that” she talked about was simple, a place that is authentic, not perfect and a place people who are not church people actually like when they experience.

I emailed her the next day and told her a little more and this is part of her response:

Thank You so much for the nice email…One thing you will know about me is I am not shy, and sometimes I don’t have a filter. LOL… I would love it if you add me to your email list. I went home that day and told my husband about the church and I look forward to going once its open. It would be a nice and fresh start. Please keep me posted… I will definitely check the Twitter out. If you need anything let me know.
I think that’s awesome.

 

Today I bought something from a guy on craigslist for my son’s 3rd birthday. I went to his home, which is deep-east-clovis… I mean, out there. Usually a craigslist transaction is a quick 2-5 minutes. We talked for 40. About life, hunting, homeownership, family, dogs, and church. He told me that his family occasionally goes to a church, but doesn’t really see a need for it. (irrelevant) He also told me that they once walked out of a known church because they couldn’t take the sermon. “It just hit [them] wrong.”

 

When I described to him that we are planting a church that unchurched people, regular people, would LOVE to attend… they’d actually enjoy it, he was intrigued. By the end I gave him my business card and he said, “We might just come to your church.”

 

I think that’s awesome.

 

There are so many unknowns to church-planting, but here’s a known. People who are far from God will come. People who are not currently growing in a relationship with Jesus Christ, will begin.

 

And I think…
It’s Worth It.

 

Instagramin’

April 24, 2012 — Leave a comment

I’ve watched people play with Instragram for a couple of years now, but when Facebook bought it a couple of weeks ago… I decided it was time to jump on board and start testing it out. It’s great and here’s why:

  • You can take pictures and make them look awesome
  • The filters give you a variety of awesome to choose from
  • You can follow people, like and comment within the Instragram app
  • It integrates seamlessly with both Facebook and Twitter

So, why would you twitpic and not Instragram?
Make the switch. Do it today.

The picture above is one I took on Sunday @newvintagesoco.

Find more Social Media Tips in my free eBook.

 

Welcome XP3 Peeps!

April 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today XP3 (xp3students.org) released my blog as a blog to watch. Thanks for the shout out!

The reason they chose my blog is because of a little eBook I released a couple of weeks ago called Social Media Tips for the Church. You can find it here. I’d be more than happy to consult with you on your social media strategy, just hit me up with a comment or email.

I wanted to provide some specific information for all my student ministry friends who are visiting my blog today and the days to follow. So here are some blogs from the past specifically about social media. Enjoy.

Here’s a quick correction to my by-line in the email. I was the Service Programming Director, until we hired my friend Paul. I oversee our Student Ministries Director, Chris. And my title today is Groups Director, Exec. Student Ministries Director and Web/Marketing Director. Just wanted to give credit, where credit is due.

Follow me on Twitter. @micahfoster @organineer @SMTips4Church

Every week @NewVintageSoco (New Vintage Church) we engage a crowd of new people and those people regularly “like” us on Facebook. Every week I “friend” those people and thank them for “liking” New Vintage Church. If I’ve met them, I add something personal from our interaction and let them know I’m available to answer any questions.

Some people reply. Some don’t.

But here’s why I do it.

Interpreting your TP

December 15, 2011 — Leave a comment

I saw this on Facebook this morning and thought it was pretty funny.

 

I don’t completely agree with it, but I thought it was humorous.
So, which quadrant are you?
I’m quadrant A or B, depending on the day.

A Great Message.

November 14, 2011 — Leave a comment

Do you get Facebook messages like this? If not, let’s talk.

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This Guy.

November 5, 2011 — Leave a comment

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Do you recognize this man’s posture? I do. It’s the guy that always tweets during church. It’s the guy that looks down just as much as he looks up. It’s the guy who checks in on Facebook, Yelp and Foursquare during service.

And I love this guy.

It’s the guy who knows the bottom line because he tweeted it. It’s the guy who is leveraging whatever social media niche he holds for the sake of the kingdom. It’s the guy more engaged with the message than half the other people because he’s learning it through more than one method. Oral, written and visual!

I love this guy.

Do you have this guy in your church?

A couple of days ago I tweeted this:

“This is what my homescreen on my phone looks like. How about yours? #homescreen http://yfrog.com/h5bn2wj

I’ve got a few responses. Mostly iPhone, a couple of iPod touch and one Evo. Send me your home screen “screen shot” and I’ll include you in the final post. In the next post you’ll be able to vote for your favorite and the winner will get either a Kohl’s giftcard or a CD of my friend Josiah James.

The screenshot below is from Julie Sayler Biorkman.

What does your look like?
Send me your pics of your homescreen.