If you’re a wordpress user, I suggest checking out jetpack, it’s a free plug-in made by the creators of WordPress (Matt Mullenweg / Automattic).
The site stats are easy to use: it’s great having all of my blog stuff in one place. I no longer need to look at google analytics… not that there’s much to look at! HA!
What seems especially cool is a new feature that’s included in the latest release: email subscriptions. I currently use google’s feedburner (for my ministry’s blog), but am planning drop that and move to jetpack. Four reasons:
1. The subscription process is a lot cleaner with jetpack.
2. Everything is in one place, I won’t have to switch over to feedburner.google.com.
3. I can see who is subscribed to the list, and this is the number one factor for me.
4. Peace of mind that it’ll “play well” with wordpress.
5. People who subscribe through feedburner will still get email updates…so the switch is painless and seamless.
Getting ministry information to parents and students is a high priority for me, so I’m stoked when there’s a better way to make this happen. AND IT’S FREE! How great is that?
I’ve been leading a new group of freshman…and it’s very new, we’ve only met five times. I had to be gone last week (I was on vacation) and resisted the urge to have another adult come and lead the group. I decided to let the freshman lead themselves, which is a little risky because who know what might happen? Here’s the directions I gave them:
Read the passage
Each person share one question they have from the passage (don’t try to answer the questions…it’s enough to share questions)
Each person share one insight they have from the passage
Each person share how the week was…good, bad, ok, and WHY
Each person share one thing the group can be praying for… someone write them down and post them (our facebook group) here so I can be praying for you…
Pray (either one person, or a couple, or everyone in the group!)
I’m still on vacation, so the only report I got was “it was good, we did everything you listed and finished early.” I can’t wait to hear the details.