Jeana Lawrence

posted on January 7, 2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple Marketing USA - Texas

Location: Houston, TX
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jeana.lawrence
Twitter: @jeanalawrence
Website: www.flippengroup.com / www.integrus.org

Who are you?
My name is Jeana Lawrence. I’m married to Jeremy and we have two children including Jacqueline (3 years old) and Julianne (3 months old).

I graduated from Texas A&M University in 1999 with a Computer and Electrical Engineering degree and had a knack for marketing that had been demonstrated in several small business efforts.

I’m a marketing and technology consultant at Flippen Group and Integrus who has built teams and delivered a series of high-impact, multi-million dollar initiatives for audience acquisition, conversion and retention. My clients have included several Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and ministries across the globe.

I’m also on the staff of Prodigal Church in Baytown, TX, which is led by my older brother, Dana Davis. We want to be a church that radically loves God and extravagantly loves people. Our focus is on teaching the Word of God, living it out together and giving at least 50% of our gifts to believers, our local community and global missions.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
I remember listening to Bill Hybels talk about volunteering when I attended the Willow Creek Leadership Conference in 1999. I had never heard a pastor talk about giving of your talents in the church when they had no relation to preaching, singing or working with youth and children. He inspired me to get involved using my gifts.

Since then, I’ve spent time volunteering at local churches developing networks, designing sites, developing applications and producing services.

From 2006 to 2009, I was the Marketing Director at Joel Osteen Ministries and Lakewood Church. During my time there, we made several digital improvements to take the message of hope all around the world.

Now, at Integrus, I spend my days thinking both at the strategic and execution level about how we can engage people in the digital space with God through several ministries.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
I’ll never forget receiving my IBM PC Junior when I was 7 or 8 years old. I dismantled all of the hardware and put it back together the same day while nearly scaring my parents to death. And, then the next day, learning BASIC so I could write a simulation baseball game for my brothers. The whole world changed when I tinkered with that computer.

How do you express your faith through technology?
The online community is abuzz with new content each day. Much of the content challenges orthodox Christian thinking while other content builds it up. My theology has been challenged, my opinions refined and my faith ignited by interacting with others who believe differently. I would not be who I am today without the ministries that are generating content in the digital space.

Michael Buckingham

posted on January 6, 2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple Designer USA - Michigan

Location: Midland, MI
Facebook: wwww.facebook.com/holycowcreative
Twitter: @holycowcreative
Website: www.holycowcreative.org / www.jesushatespapyrus.com

Who are you?
I’m the owner of Holy Cow Creative, my focus is on the how of church and the art of preaching. I am also the Creative Director at Center for Church Communication (Church Marketing Sucks, The Church Marketing Lab)

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
As we read the pages of scripture one can’t help but to see that Christ was a great communicator. He know how to engage people, how to interact in a way that was personal, he knew how to tell stories that cause people to carry them with him, he both spoke the gospel and was the gospel. I pray that the work we do follows after that, and learns from his example as we help the church put excellence into their communications.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
I’m focused on relationships, so twitter has probably impacted me the most as it’s allowed relationships to grow and for me to stay connected with people I see when speaking at conferences, etc.

The whole world of mobile has really made a difference too. I used to be tied to my office. I now can take it with me and that’s been very freeing.

Blogs are also a big source of education and new perspectives.

How do you express your faith through technology?
It’s allowed me to see and converse with different viewpoints, always carry the word with YouVersion, and dig deeper with so many resources and studies out there.

The big test when it comes to technology for me is to remember to move beyond technology. I’m grateful to have many connections with people on twitter, etc. but there’s something that happens when you break bread with people and when you give someone a big hug and use your voice to say I love you friend.

Jeff Kusner

posted on January 5, 2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple Software USA - Ohio

Location: Mount Vernon, OH
Facebook: www.facebook.com/koozzz
Twitter: @koozzz
Website: jeff.kusner.com

Who are you?
I am a follower of Christ who attempts to utilize the gifts that i’ve been blessed with to help spread God’s word.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
One of the first things I did in using technology for Christ was to write a church management software package customized for our church. The plan was to eventually market it but God had other plans. You can read more of the details of that here, suffice to say that there are over 2,100 churches around the world that have since downloaded the program.

About ten years ago I was looking for an online site I could use to help in reading through the bible in a year. I thought if I could access it from the office during lunch it would help me stay on track. My search turned up empty, so I figured I would build a simple site that year to provide the solution myself, plus it would be a good learning experience for me by putting some basic HTML into practice. I used the One Year Bible reading plan and made sure to keep the site up to date. I figured if anyone else found the site they could read along with me, there were probably about 50 people that joined in by the end of that first year. The site has evolved these last ten years to support both the One Year and the One Year Chronological reading plans. Today the site supports the traditional website, e-mail newsletters, rss feeds, mobile versions, Google gadgets, Twitter feeds and even a Facebook application. I’m continually blown away at the number of people who access the site, with the close of 2010 there were well over 6 million page visits. You can check it out at www.oneyearbibleonline.com.

My latest venture is really a merger of old and new technologies. For more than ten years I’ve looked for a book or resource that highlighted the scriptures relating to fear and worry, I was always waiting for someone else to write it. Somewhere along the line I heard that there were 365 fear not’s in the bible, one for every day of the year, it was even mentioned in the movie “Facing The Giants”. So after leaving my job I was compelled to put together that resource. The result is a book and website titled Fearful To Fearless, you can learn more about it and why I wrote it here www.fearfultofearless.com.

I also provide technical consulting and website support through www.thundersoftware.com.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
I actually try to stay away from being too connected, in fact I only recently got rid of my old flip phone and upgraded to a “smarter” one about a month ago… however I still only use it for voice calls and the occasional text. I spend alot of time working in front of my computer and quite frankly I don’t need to drag the office along with me. I’m fine with being a few hours away from email, in fact sometimes a few days is even better.

The internet might sound like a really broad answer to many people, but i recall one of the first times i realized the scope and potential that it held. During the middle 90′s my son needed an image of the coat of arms that appears on the Polish flag for a school project he was working on. I suggested we “dial up” the internet to see what we could find. We landed on one of the official government servers in Warsaw where we grabbed the picture. It was a jaw dropping experience for me to realize we had just connected to another computer on the other side of the planet.

How do you express your faith through technology?
There was an incident with www.oneyearbibleonline.com one year. It actually occurred on January 1st, the most crucial day of the year for the site. Through a security hole in the server software a group from Asia was able to gain access and hijack the home page, I knew that if the site were not up and running many visitors would ultimately abandon it. I have an excellent relationship with my webhost, Dennis is a fellow brother in Christ and runs TheWolfeNet Ltd. Working together and through lots of prayer we were able to identify and block the security hole to get the site back online that same day. Its only one reminder of the importance that prayer holds in the life of a believer.

Ron Edmondson

posted on January 4, 2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple Pastor USA - Tennessee

Location: Clarksville, TN
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ronedmondson
Twitter: @ronedmondson
Website: www.RonEdmondson.com

Who are you?
I am a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. I have over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and have been in full-time ministry for over 8 years. The greatest times for me are with my wife Cheryl and our amazing adult sons, Jeremy and Nate.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
I care deeply about investing in the next generation of leaders. With over 15 years of online discipleship, I recognize the value of the Internet for discipleship.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
Laptop computers and smart phones.

How do you express your faith through technology?
My faith has grown through technology because that’s the way I’m learning these days. Through blogs, reading the Bible online, and interacting and actually ministering to people through technology, it has become the way I most encourage my faith.  At the same time, my faith is tested by the preoccupation with technology.  I find it easier to get distracted with the multitude of options before me each day.

Brian Alexander

posted on January 3, 2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple Media USA - North Carolina

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Facebook: www.facebook.com/brianfalexander
Twitter: @brianfalexander
Website: www.lifexpresseddigitally.me

Who are you?
My name is Brian Alexander and I am a student pursuing a BA in Broadcast Media at North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC. I am the station manager for our university’s radio station, The Vibe. I love the school and plan to get a job in the media field when I graduate. I attend Elevation Church and love it there.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
I am a digital disciple because I take the creative elements of media and use them to express the message of the gospel. Sounds simple? It’s not! Every day is hard work, but I am honored to serve a God who gives me a fresh start and new breath to breathe. Each day He holds me in his hands and teaches me something new.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
Mobile Technology, Video Streaming, Twitter

How do you express your faith through technology?
I express my faith through technology by letting my life speak for itself. I’m not the most outgoing person in the world, but I do what I can to let Christ shine through me everyday, by investing in the lives of those people closest to me.

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