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I use the word “maven” to describe what I do because it sounds cool, but also—primarily—because I like what it means: “an expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others.”
When I worked in the synod office, I saw a need for the Church as a whole to understand that communications is a ministry, and to embrace it as such.
But I also saw congregations who understood the need to engage online, but did not know how or where to start—and did not have the resources to take on what they saw as a daunting project.
This is where I “seek to pass my knowledge on to others.”
There are plenty of “church communications consultants” out there already, and many who offer to “do communications” for you.
However, not only are most of their service packages not a good fit for the smaller congregations I worked with, but they are cost-prohibitive.
I want to offer my services and knowledge as free as possible… but I still have to pay bills. So, this is where you, my Patreon Saints, come in.
Patreon is a crowdfunding site. It is similar to Kickstarter, where individual people “pledge” to support a project and receive “rewards” or incentives in return. Kickstarter is designed for one-time projects, with a one-time pledge; Patreon uses the same format of individuals pledging (and receiving rewards based on the level of their pledge), but it is designed for ongoing projects, and the pledges are collected monthly.
When you support me on Patreon, you pledge a monthly amount (to be billed on the first of each month), and you receive rewards for your ongoing support.
I have decided to take this route (as opposed to the traditional set-prices-and-fees route) for a few reasons:
- I feel it fits the church better than the traditional commercial model. This is a form of tithing, giving for the overall good of the Church. Those who can, give what they can, to provide services for those who need them.
- It’s “biblical”: In Luke 10, Jesus sends out the 72 without “a purse or bag or sandals.” They are to have faith and trust that God will provide for them, that those to whom they minister will provide for them. So, here I am, going out without set fees or wages, hoping y’all will provide for me.
- It’s putting my money where my mouth is. My message is that the Church needs to find new ways of doing the old things. So, I am following my own advice, and using one of the new models I am asking you all to adopt. (More on this coming soon!)
If you like what you see here, if you believe in my cause, if you want to help create digital disciples to share the Gospel to the ends of the earth, online and off, then please support me on Patreon: patreon.com/cmmaven
And please share the link with friends and family!