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388 – Gospel-Driven

This week WELSTech marks the end of the What’s Best Next book series with a reflection on what we’ve learned along the way. There’s also discussion of an exciting opportunity for WELSTech Conference attendees, a favorite hymns survey, free fonts, the verse of the day, and much more. Join the conversation!

The discussion:

The EndSay Goodbye – Martin and Sallie discuss Part 7 of Matt Perman’s What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done and wrap up this season’s book discussion by reviewing the five takeaways in the book recap.

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Google Education on Air – Free online conference, May 8-9

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The newest addition to the WELSTech Instructional playlist on YouTube is Understanding Exposure: The Exposure Triangle with Mark Wallace

 

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 389 – We’ll take a look at the important task of worship planning and how technology can assist – 04/21/15 @ 4 pm Central – welstechlive.wels.net

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383 – Execute

On this week’s WELSTech we look at the heart of executing a gospel-focused productivity plan as we strive to efficiently and effectively use our gifts in service to God and others. Also on the docket are expensive watches, broken link finders, a free online conference from Google and more tabs that you can count!

The discussion:

dare145x125pngPutting productivity into action – In part 6 of What’s Best Next, author Matt Perman details the method of executing your productivity plan including never skipping your weekly review and focusing on one task at a time. Martin and Sallie reveal their sometimes opposite (and colorful) methods for getting things done.

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Apple announcements abound

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Did you miss the Heart to heart parenting blog inaugural webcast? Check out the archived video!

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Don’t miss out on the early bird pricing for WELSTech Conference 2015! Register by April 1 for $199.

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 384 – Martin and Sallie examine the role of media in our lives, and Steve Boettcher gives us a preview of his WELSTech Conference keynote. Watch and participate on 03/17/15 @ 4 pm Central – welstechlive.wels.net.

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The newest addition to the WELSTech Presentation and Teaching playlist on YouTube is Concordia Publishing’s What is Lent video

 

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379 – Reduce

WELSTech is back with tips for eliminating some of your workload and serving others in the process. There’s also news on the Google Apps front, a fun survey app for the classroom, online classes and new wiki pages to explore. Join the conversation!

The discussion:

What's Best NextDon’t Do Everything – Martin and Sallie return to this season’s book discussion, looking at Part 5 of Matt Perman’s What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done. This part of the book focuses on the “R” step in Matt’s DARE process for managing work, Reduce, and offers practical ideas for eliminating portions of your workload.

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Online Friendship Evangelism Course

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Register for WELSTech Conference 2015

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 380 – Tune in for a discussion of Project Management software options. (2/17/15)

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Check out this week’s video to the WELSTech Product Demos playlist on YouTube – Introduction to redesigned Admin Console

 

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375 – Architecting Your Life

This week on WELSTech we return to this season’s productivity book discussion and consider the merits of setting our alarms a bit earlier. We also hear the story behind a new outreach-focused video short, learn about a major update of the WELS Mobile app, discover a new platform for ebooks and get motivated by the three greatest words ever spoken.

The discussion:

timeMapWake Up! – Part 4 of What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matt Perman introduces ideas for blocking out your daily schedule for focused time on tasks and projects. Martin shares his new (early) morning schedule inspired by Matt’s suggestions in this section.

Featured videos:

We’re excited to share Ben Champion’s Blessed video short. Ben is a member of Beautiful Savior in Marietta, GA. He tells us that this zero budget film is the first of what he hopes will be a series of outreach focused messages. Consider sharing it and perhaps making your own video short. Find the video on the WELSTech’s Presentation/Teaching playlist on YouTube.

 

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WELS Mobile Upgrade

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Meet Diigo Outliner

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 376 – WELSTech is LIVE from MLC as Martin and Sallie enjoy a rare opportunity to podcast from the same location and talk with student Jonathan Witte about MLC’s Quadcopter, GoPro camera and Instagram presence.  (SPECIAL date & time – 01/22/15 at 4:30 pm)

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371 – What Is My Purpose?

Two great topics are featured on today’s WELSTech – productivity and social media. Consider how the Gospel influences your personal mission statement, and learn how to engage social media “influencers” in your congregation and school as online ambassadors.

The discussion:

Design – The WELSTech book discussion topic this month is Part 3 of What’s Best Next by Matt Perman. Martin and Sallie roll up their sleeves and write mission, vision and goal statements as well as evaluate the various roles they perform.

The interview:

justinware145x125Going Viral – Justin Ware, Director of Interactive Communication at BWFSocial, shares ideas with Martin and Sallie about church and school use of social media channels, including the use of volunteers for an online ambassador program to share communication with wider circles.

Ministry resources:

31 Christmas Fellowship Ideas from Women’s Ministry Toolbox

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Translate text into a different language as you typeTranslate Keyboard Pro for iOS

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Streaming Christmas Concerts

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 372 – Join Martin and Sallie for the great smartphone home screen reveal. (Broadcast date – 12/16/14)

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This week we’ve added a new video to our Music playlist on YouTube – Wonder 2014 Preview by Dawn Michelle Williams – Join Dawn live this Sunday, December 14 at 4:00 & 7:00 pm at the Duran Arts Council, PSI Theatre in Durham, NC – Learn more at Dawn’s website

 

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367 – That Peaceful Productivity

On this week’s WELSTech we redefine our understanding of productivity as serving others, the work God gives us in his Word.  Martin and Sallie shares useful insights from Part 2 of Matt Perman’s book What’s’ Best Next. Listen also for ideas for churches use of Instagram and an overview of the newly released Logos 6.

The discussion:

opportunity145x125Gospel-Driven Productivity – In Part 2 of What’s Best Next, author Matt Perman equates being productive to living a life of service. Martin and Sallie discuss the book’s definition of productivity and how it relates to activities Christians do every day in every aspect of their lives.

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 368 – Dr. John Meyer, Director of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at Martin Luther College, joins Martin and Sallie as we share information on online learning opportunities. (Broadcast date – 11/18/14)

Featured videos:

Check out this week’s entries on the WELSTech “Like’s” list on Vimeo  – Jonah Interactive Bible Study

 

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363 – GTD Gospel Style

This week on WELSTech our current book discussion, Matt Perman’s What’s Best Next, is back in the spotlight as we look at gospel motivation for getting things done (GTD). Devotions for women by women are featured in today’s WELS Insider segment.

The discussion:

Pastor Rob GuentherEmpty Chair – Sallie’s at the helm of this week’s podcast as Martin recovers from surgery this week. Listeners are invited to send Martin their best wishes for a smooth recovery over on the WELSTech Wiki.

Meanwhile WELSTech goodness carries on as Pastor Rob Guenther from Grace in Kenai, AK spans three time zones to join the conversation. He and Sallie discuss part one of What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 364 – Join Sallie as we take a hands on look at making your own Google Site.  (Broadcast date – 10/21/14)

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Check out this week’s entries on the WELSTech “Like’s” list on Vimeo  –

Luther’s Morning Prayer

Luther’s Evening Prayer

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358 – What’s Best Next?

Join us for a special season kick off episode as we debut a new book discussion and celebrate the return of some of our favorite segments including News In Tech and Ministry Resources. We share “WELS Insider” information and a great document detailing prospect management techniques using Google Sheets. Plus you won’t want to miss our first Vimeo “Like”!

The discussion:

whats_best_next145x125A new book discussion – The WELSTech tradition is to select a book for discussion throughout the school year season and today’s discussion kicks off the new productivity book selection, What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matt Perman. Martin and Sallie dive into the book introduction and talk about what’s different about a Gospel motivated productivity system.

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 359 – Next week WELStech-ers can look forward to the return of the interview as Martin and Sallie chat with Lauren Hunter from ChurchTechToday.com about the state of social media. (Broadcast date – 09/16/14)

Featured video:

WELSTech now has a “Like’s” list on Vimeo and the first entry is a video of the Martin Luther College Choir’s April performance of I Will Rise

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