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Relationships. It’s a topic every youth pastor has to do a series on at least once a year.  So the question arises, “How do I keep it fresh? (since we’re really saying the same thing every time). Here’s one way…ask.  A couple weeks ago I posted about Poll Everywhere, a text voting service that we use. Here is one way we are using it.

Next week I’m starting a relationship series and for the first 5 min. of the sermon will give an introduction on “relationships”. During this time, students will VOTE for which question about relationships they want to hear about (see pic, click to enlarge). The poll will animate in real-time and I will then proceed with the most popular answer. At the close of the talk, I will again open another poll for questions that they now have as a result of this sermon (see next pic). And, just like that, there is complete interaction between the “Pastor” and the “congregant”.  How many times have I sat and said, I want to hear more about THIS or THAT. Well, these students will now have that option! I’ll let you know how it goes! Or you can watch our LIVE broadcast on May 19th at 7pm. Click here for our LIVE BROADCAST link.

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No, I don’t get paid by anyone for anything I put on this blog. I do however USE all of them on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis.

Smart Events, the name says it all. Online event registration, accept VISA payments and refund them (for cancellations), “assign” rooms, buses, and so forth based on friendships, the list goes on and on. Best of all, it’s very, very easy. The same company that made PlanningCenterOnline has started up this little web software. We are using it this summer for our camping program, I’ll update you along the way to let you know how it works.  I can tell you this already, I’ve been talking with one of the programmers, Scotty, and he’s implementing some of my ideas for functionality. That says a lot! They listen and respond to their customers!

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Ever wonder how the “big boys” plan church? It seems like everywhere I turn I hear some other mega-church is using PlanningCenterOnline. Why? Because it’s mega-effective and mega-time saving. It’s a web based software package that tracks all your volunteers, all your music (It’s a worship leaders best friend), and all your services. Imagine a world where you never have to call and ask for volunteers again! Imagine scheduling a volunteer team and when you “click” send it automatically emails each volunteer and text messages them. Then they can respond with an “accept” or “decline” right from their phone or computer. It’s heavenly, in fact, I do believe that God will be using planning center in heaven…truly.  It does much, much, much more so check out their video demonstration.

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