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The Blogference Starts Monday August 15th! Change the World From Your Coffee Shop!

The posts from this year’s The Blogference authors have begun to arrive, and I could not be more excited! If you have participated in any of the previous online conferences–THANK YOU!

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The Power of Mailchimp Analytics

Brian Sun serves on staff with Intervarsity and writes for He produced this short screencast that illustrates the power of using Mailchimp analytics.

Here’s some links to Staffhacker posts that would be super relevant to these screencasts:
1. Why I use Mailchimp, and why you should too:
2. How to get subscribers for your newsletter:
3. Creating your first email in Mailchimp:
4. Designing newsletters with your donor in mind:
5. Writing newsletters that get read every time:

Inbox Zero Video from

Matt Stauffer runs Staffhacker, a technology and productivity blog for campus ministry staff. Matt shares his system for managing his email and keeping his inbox at zero in this short video.

RE-Thinking Conferences

If you could change one thing about an annual conference that you MUST attend, what would it be?

Brian Barela blogs regularly here.

How 1 Ministry is Taking Online Video Seriously

iphone video captureVideo is no longer optional to a ministry’s online presence!

I recently posted 6 Reasons Why You Should Think Through Your Video Presence on my own blog and received a comment that was even better than the post, since it clearly outlined how easy and powerful it is to set up an online video presence.

Permission to Innovate: Guest Post by Keith Seabourn

Innovation takes many forms. It may look like a new use for an old tool; a new tool for an old need, or more commonly, a new tool for a new need.

Christian Maureira, the national director for Campus Crusade for Christ in Chile, innovated. He saw a creative opportunity to engage 33 miners with the reality of Jesus Christ. He took a common tool (the Jesus film in audio) and innovated a strategy to reach them 2660 feet below ground. And we all applauded his creativity, his courage, and his innovation.

Facebook for MPD not Farmville

If Ministry Partner Development is relationship driven, then we have a great chance to leverage Facebook to foster deeper connections to our ministry partners.

Not earth shattering news, right? But I bet a lot of us haven’t taken the time to be intentional with Facebook yet. I would suggest that with 30 minutes of initial set-up and a few minutes a week you can help your MPD partners connect with you and your ministry better and in a more timely manner. Here’s how…

Are You Missing Out on $500 in Extra Monthly Support?

Micro-donations might be ARE the most un-explored financial resource available to those who raise money for a living.

“Obama’s online operation, broke down the numbers: 3 million donors made a total of 6.5 million donations online adding up to more than $500 million. Of those 6.5 million donations, 6 million were in increments of $100 or less. The average online donation was $80, and the average Obama donor gave more than once.”–from a Washington Post article on Obama’s online fundraising campaign

Video: What is the Blogference? What’s Going on This Year

The RE-Think Blogference exists to start ministry conversations and connect ministry starters.

Using MailChimp to Beef up Your Ministry Communications

mailchimp logoWhile I love getting a physical piece of paper or an email with an attachment, I believe there are even more effective and impactful ways to help communicate your ministry today.

Unfortunately, many ministry partners don’t know or are not taking advantage of them.

This is a guest post from Steve Raquel, a Social Media Consultant and long-time financial supporter of Campus Crusade staff.
As one whose family has supported many people in ministry over the years, one of the highlights is receiving an update on how God is using them.

We love hearing about your struggles, your triumphs, your personal updates and how to pray.  It gives us a way to stay connected to you and feel like the monetary or prayer support we provide on a monthly basis is making an impact.

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