The Inclining Church

The Inclining Church

Social Capital: the capacity an average person has to organize into groups, giving that person the power to accomplish social change. The decline of the Church in the developed world has been debated ad nauseam. Many are quick to point out that their "global" church...

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Luther Pressed On

Luther Pressed On

Viral: when the transmission of a message takes on a life of its own, spanning far beyond the reach of the original sender. In 1455, Johannes Gutenberg produced 200 illustrated Bibles in Latin, using his now famous printing press. He didn't invent the press or movable...

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Rev. Wil Ranney

Rev. Wil Ranney

Digital Minister

I am a Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church who specializes in technology ministry. I help churches, pastors, and social entrepreneurs to leverage the Holy Spirit through techniques pioneered by internet startups.

The Promise of Pokemon Go Goes Beyond Hospitality

The Promise of Pokemon Go Goes Beyond Hospitality

Pokemon Go is not a fad, it’s been a long time in the making. Go is currently surpassing searches for “porn” and “Donald Trump” on the internet. If your church isn’t paying attention, now would be the time. To by fair, countless churches have caught on, providing hospitality for players that are wondering into their territory. I approve.

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Learning from Pets.com Failure

Learning from Pets.com Failure

Bust: a startup that flames out, despite a strong and promising start.  In the year 2000, the Super Bowl featured a commercial that starred a sock puppet. That puppet was the mascot for Pets.com, the poster child of Dot Com busts. Pets.com did everything right - if...

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How to Use Social Media During a Disaster

How to Use Social Media During a Disaster

A friend of mind asked me if I had any advice on this topic after the recent floods in her home state of West Virginia. I have witnessed what I consider to be “best practices” in disaster situations over the years and wanted to share them with you now.

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