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The Rural Think Tank (ruralthinktank.com) has articles, demographics, and resources to help encourage ministry workers in Rural Ministry Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank/support

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The Rural Think Tank (ruralthinktank.com) has articles, demographics, and resources to help encourage ministry workers in Rural Ministry Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ruralthinktank/support

    Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 37: What is a "Near Miss"?

    Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 37: What is a "Near Miss"?

    This episode goes into why this new training resource from Rural Think Tank is called "Near Miss". 

    I go through what that term means in the safety industry, and how we as parents have often had "Near Misses" with our children and not even realized the danger we unknowingly introduced. I talk about the mindset required as a vigilant parent. 



    To schedule a " Near Miss" Training in your community, go to http://ruralthinktank.com and click the contact button in the top right hand corner


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    Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 36: Announcing The new "Near Miss" training and tools...

    Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 36: Announcing The new "Near Miss" training and tools...

    This episode is announcing the new training and tools from Rural Think Tank called Near Miss: An IT Professional Speaks Out on Keeping Kids Safe Online.  There are going to be live and online options for hosting this training with parents in your community. 





    To schedule a " Near Miss" Training in your community, go to http://ruralthinktank.com and click the contact button in the top right hand corner


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    Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 35: Keeping Kids Safe Online

    Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 35: Keeping Kids Safe Online

    Content Warning - This episode is not kid - friendly as it discusses the realities of keeping children safe on line. 





    ABC Nightline video on "Sloane Ryan" (not real name) that talks about how tactics and predators are being caught online by a special operations team at Bark. 

    Here is the full article from "Sloane"



    Voice for the Voiceless - This Episode is an interview with the mother of a child that was exploited online (Warning: there is some tough to handle, raw emotional content in this episode)



    Tools mentioned in the episode:

    Bark - Bark is a tool that monitors and protects your kids online - tell them I sent you by going to bark.brentlacy.com+

    Video on Bark here

    https://www.qustodio.com/en/ - Another tool that monitors, protects and reports on your child's online activity

    https://www.life360.com/ - this is another recommended solution 

    https://meetcircle.com/ - Circle is a combination hardware and software solution. 



    There is also the announcement of my New Training - Near Miss: An IT Professional speaks on keeping your child safe online.
    If you are interested in knowing more or scheduling this training for parents in your community,  go to http://ruralthinktank.com and click the contact button in the top right corner.  



    There will also be a special bonus episode on 3/13/20 that goes live at 8:00AM EST dedicated specifically to the "Near Miss" Training. 


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    Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 34: Should your pastor search team use an outside independent consultant?

    Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 34: Should your pastor search team use an outside independent consultant?

    This episode is about the usefulness, pros, and cons associated with using an outside independent church consultant in cooperation with your search team. I share some of the things that I have experienced serving in this role for several churches. 



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    Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 33: If your church had a CIO (Chief Information Officer), what would they tell you?

    Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 33: If your church had a CIO (Chief Information Officer), what would they tell you?

    This episode is about the thing that many small and medium sized churches think they cover, but really neglect - Their IT

    We discuss Data Security, Backup, Hardware Refresh, and other things that many churches ignore, accidentally or on purpose.  

    I try my best to break down all the terms I discuss to terms that anyone who has ever turned on a computer understand. 



    As always, if this is a blessing, share this podcast with others. If you feel led, you can support this podcast at anchor.fm/ruralthinktank

    If you have thoughts/input/questions, go to ruralthinktank.com and hit the contact button or go to anchor.fm/ruralthinktank and leave a voice message.


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    Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 33: Maintaining the business reputation of a church

    Rural Thinktank Podcast Episode 33: Maintaining the business reputation of a church

    This podcast episode addresses the question - Can how a church conducts business in the community help or hinder it's witness and reputation?

    The answer may not be as clearcut as you think... 



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