A New Tool

A key element of my personal calling and one of my deepest passions is to encourage and equip small and medium-sized churches to move toward their redemptive potential. In order to make this a reality, I have used many methods to offer resources and share what wisdom I have to help these churches become healthier.

As an extension of my work as the lead pastor of Richwoods Christian Church, I oversee the 95network, a non-profit organization that helps the 95% of U.S. churches that have congregations of fewer than 800 members. I intentionally mentor pastors and church leaders, and I regularly speak at conferences and special events. I wrote Dirt Matters to help these churches as well, and I also try to use social media and this weekly blog to do the same. But I know there is more I can do.

In upcoming weeks, I am going to be experimenting with a new platform called Periscope. It is a social media tool that allows for interactive, spontaneous videos on any topic to be created whenever I desire, allowing for real-time questions and comments from those who are listening and/or watching. That means it will require little preparation and energy on my part, yet it has the potential to have a significant impact.

Periscope also allows for flexibility on the participants’ end. People can take an active part in discussion if interested, or they can simply watch or listen. Presentations are automatically recorded, saved, and accessible for a short period time for those who are unable to participate in the live event.

Periscope is associated with Twitter, and it’s free. If you are interested in interacting with me on a variety of issues related to spiritual growth and church leadership, then I would encourage you to sign up for Periscope. Here’s how you do it…

1) If you don’t already have one, sign up for a Twitter account.

2) Download the Periscope app.

3) Once you are on Periscope, enable notifications.

4) Go to the search bar, and type in my Twitter account, which is jpowell751. When my information comes up, indicate that you want to follow me. Then, any time I do a Periscope video, you will receive a notification letting you know when it will be and what topic will be discussed. If you don’t have time or are not interested, you simply disregard the notification. But if the topic interests you, you can watch and/or listen at no cost, and you can offer questions and comments while I’m sharing.

I am always looking for ways to share what God has laid on my heart. I am hopeful that Periscope can be another means of helping to encourage and equip God’s people. If you’re interested in checking this out, please follow the above steps and give me your honest feedback so that I can determine if this is something viable for the future or not.