425 – The Best of 2015

WELSTech ushers out 2015 with a look back at the best of the best from all throughout the year. From contests to ministry resources to interviews, from episodes to picks to recording the 400th episode in front of a live audience at WELSTech Conference, there’s abundant WELSTech goodness to relive!

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The discussion:

Looking back – Martin and Sallie share favorite memories of WELSTech from 2015.

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New and notable WELS tech-in-ministry
  • We’re writing a book! WithAllYourHeart.tech
  • We’ve dedicated one episode per month to Community Feedback
Favorite episodes
Favorite interviews
Contests
Picks of the year

Featured videos:

This week we’ve add a new video to the WELSTech Music playlist on YouTube. We hope you enjoy A Son, Emmanuel by Koine featuring stop motion sand art by Jason Jaspersen.

 

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 426 – Martin and Sallie kick off 2016 with a celebration of the 8th anniversary of WELSTech and a discussion of virtual reality with Google Cardboard. Release date: Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

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424 – Have A Very Social Christmas

Celebrate Christmas week with WELSTech’s special interview of Pastor Paul Prange, WELS Administrator for Ministerial Education. Martin and Sallie share their final picks of the week for 2015 plus special videos from President Schroeder and the College Choir from Martin Luther College.

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The interview:

Get on their channel – Martin sits down with WELS Administrator for Ministerial Education, Paul Prange, to talk about using online media channels to let your light shine. He shares his unique insight on helping teens use tech to the glory of God and the advantages of tuning into the best communication channels (from telephone to e-mail to Facebook) to reach out to others. Pastor Prange also has some great advice about being salt and light in what you do online.

WELS now:

Christmas message from WELS President Schroeder

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

My Son , My Savior

Featured video:

New to the WELSTech “Like’s” list on Vimeo is this recording of the Martin Luther College’s College Choir singing Star in the East.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 425 – Martin and Sallie close out the year of podcasting with a look back at the best of 2015. Release date: Wednesday, December 30.

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423 – You Can’t Forget Bob Ross!

WELSTech wraps up 2015’s community feedback with a lengthy list of notable sites, mobile apps and videos covering all types of ministry applications. There are special tech deals, news of a new STEM classroom, and church history resources shared as well. Let’s make some happy little clouds in our world!

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The discussion:

Bob RossSpotlight the community – As we often say on WELSTech, we learn and grow our use of technology in ministry when listeners share their first-hand experience “with the class.” This episode is dedicated to just that as we share recent community feedback we’ve received from across our many WELSTech channels. And there’s a happy little waterfall happening over here!

News in tech:

WELS now:

Take the December WELSTech Photo Challenge! We’re looking for photos of Advent, Christmas and John 1:9. Submit your entries at welstech.wels.net/photochallenge, and don’t forget to browse our public domain image album at bit.ly/wtchallengealbumIn life you need colors!

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Featured video:

Enjoy the Advent music of WELS artist Mike Westendorf as he sings In the Waiting – Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel from the WELSTech Music YouTube Playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 424 – Tune in for our special Christmas week interview with Pastor Paul Prange, Administrator of WELS Ministerial Education. Trees get lonely too, so we’ll give him a little friend! Release date: Wednesday, December 23

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422 – With All Your Heart: Ch 4

On WELSTech this week we explore methods for effective meetings in chapter 4 of With All Your Heart, the WELSTech book on project management. Pastor Rob Guenther, a.k.a. the Faster Pastor, is on hand to explain how to have more productive meetings in less time (and leave time for fellowship afterwards). Plus Martin has another book recommendation for all types of leaders.

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The discussion:

Meetings – Martin and Sallie return to this season’s book discussion, chapter 4 of With All Your Heart, the WELSTech DIY book on project management for churches, Christian schools and other faith-based organizations. Listen for ways to engage meeting participants in healthy conflict as well as practical tips and tools for offering encouragement and creating agendas.

The interview:

Pastor Rob GuentherThe Faster Pastor – Pastor Rob Guenther from Grace in Kenai, AK talks with Martin and Sallie about his new web site focusing on productivity for pastors, www.thefasterpastor.com. He shares methods he’s used in his congregation to increase efficiency in congregation committee meetings while allowing more time to discuss the things that matter.

News in tech:

WELS now:

  • Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Christmas Concert – Sunday, December 13
  • Interactive Faith Bible Study

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

10 Reasons Video Should Be On Your Radar in 2016

Featured video:

New to the WELSTech “Like’s” list on Vimeo is this recording of the MLC Combined Choirs singing O Jesus Christ, Thy Manger Is.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 423 – Martin and Sallie share the last community feedback of 2015! Release date: Wednesday, December 16.

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421 – Windows 10

This week’s WELSTech discussion topic is the Windows 10 operating system, and Martin and Sallie demo some of the new features of the software. There’s lots happening in WELS, a link to free Christmas worship media and a Facebook page focusing on the life of Katie Luther (and Martin too).

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The discussion:

Windows 10Should I upgrade to Windows 10? – Take a tour of the newest version of Microsoft Windows with Martin and Sallie and learn about some nifty new features included in this version of the software.

News in tech:

Notify by Facebook for iOS – There’s a lot to like

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Katie Luther – Public Figure Facebook Page

Featured video:

Enjoy a recording by Koiné – O Little Town of Bethlehem from the  WELSTech Music YouTube Playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 422 – Martin and Sallie will be back with chapter 4 of With All Your Heart, WELSTech’s own project management book, focusing on tips and methods for efficient meetings, and Pastor Rob Guenther, a.k.a. the Faster Pastor, stops by for a visit! Release date: Wednesday, December 9

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