119 episodes

The Church Digital Sidekick Podcast is part of the Church Digital Podcast Network. This podcast focuses on Social and Digital Ministry Strategy. Each week Tom Pounder, the Host, interviews ministers who are applying digital and social media strategies to their ministries.

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    • 4.2 • 13 Ratings

The Church Digital Sidekick Podcast is part of the Church Digital Podcast Network. This podcast focuses on Social and Digital Ministry Strategy. Each week Tom Pounder, the Host, interviews ministers who are applying digital and social media strategies to their ministries.

    3 Ways to Overcome the Summer Attendance Slump

    3 Ways to Overcome the Summer Attendance Slump

    It happens every year. Right after Easter, attendance, when the weather turns warmer and as school ends Church attendance tends to decline. But, not this year.. This year can be different. To talk about this today is Justin Nava from Nava Church Marketing. He will share 3 ways you can break the normal summertime attendance decline this year.  

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    What do you think? What questions do you have?  Share your thoughts with us below or on social media




    Justin is a great resource. You can find him and connect with him on his website. You can also connect with him on YouTube, Twitter and TikTok.


    Join the Digital Bootcamp Facebook Group. To learn how to be more effective using digital tools for your ministry join the group. This is for ALL Ministers, not just Church Communicators or Social Media Managers as we share resources, tools and digital trends to see how we can reach more people for Christ with these tools.


    If you are in Digital Ministry, be part of the Digital Ministry Twitter Community. We share daily encouragement and support to help you do ministry in this online world more effectively. 


    Sign up for the Sidekick Scoop Weekly Email. Each Friday get a fresh email with content from all over the ministry world (especially online and student ministry topics) and be encouraged in how you can minister more effectively in today's world. 


    If you have an idea for a topic or a person for Tom to interview for a future podcast episode, email here.

    • 37 min
    Ministry and Caring for the Chronically Ill

    Ministry and Caring for the Chronically Ill

    While ministry leaders and Churches do a fantastic job caring for those who are sick and in need of help, what happens when someone needs longer term care. Or, they are chronically ill? Today, Jeanette Yates joins the podcast to talk about how Churches can help in this way.

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    Share your thoughts! What do you think? Share below or on social media by connecting with Tom.
    If you want to connect with Jeanette you can find her on Twitter/X. She is very active on social media, especially on Twitter so get in touch with her. If you would like to book a time with her for a free conversation, click here.
    Join the Digital Bootcamp Facebook Group. To learn how to be more effective using digital tools for your ministry join the group. This is for ALL Ministers, not just Church Communicators or Social Media Managers as we share resources, tools and digital trends to see how we can reach more people for Christ with these tools.
    Looking for Digital Ministry Coaching? The Church Digital is offering a variety of digital, phygital or metaverse ministry coaching and cohorts. Just click here. 
    If you are in Digital Ministry, be part of the Digital Ministry Twitter Community. We share daily encouragement and support to help you do ministry in this online world more effectively. Click here to be part of it.


    Sign up for the Sidekick Scoop Weekly Email. Each Friday get a fresh email with content from all over the ministry world (especially online and student ministry topics) and be encouraged in how you can minister more effectively in today's world.
    If you have an idea for a topic or a person for Tom to interview for a future podcast episode, email tom@thechurch.digital.

    • 34 min
    Church Communications Trends for 2024

    Church Communications Trends for 2024

    Communications changes regularly, especially in this digital world we live in. That is why it is important to be in the know of what is happening and what is trending. That is why Mark MacDonald is on the podcast. 

    Mark is a Church Branding Strategist for BeKnownForSomething.com, a national Church Communication and branding agency, coaching Pastors and 1000s of Churches to become relevant in their community. He is also a best selling Author and has written over 800 magazine articles. 

    While Tom and Mark talk about a few of the trends in Church Communications, you can read the rest of his trends here. 

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    What do you think? What questions do you have?  Share your thoughts with us below or on social media




    Mark is a great resource. He’s on Twitter and has a great website with resources and great insights. 


    Join the Digital Bootcamp Facebook Group. To learn how to be more effective using digital tools for your ministry join the group. This is for ALL Ministers, not just Church Communicators or Social Media Managers as we share resources, tools and digital trends to see how we can reach more people for Christ with these tools.


    If you are in Digital Ministry, be part of the Digital Ministry Twitter Community. We share daily encouragement and support to help you do ministry in this online world more effectively. Click here to be part of it.


    Sign up for the Sidekick Scoop Weekly Email. Each Friday get a fresh email with content from all over the ministry world (especially online and student ministry topics) and be encouraged in how you can minister more effectively in today's world. 


    If you have an idea for a topic or a person for Tom to interview for a future podcast episode, email here.

    • 40 min
    One Way to Serve Your Online Community

    One Way to Serve Your Online Community

    There are a lot of ways you can serve your online community. In today's episode, Sly King comes on and shares about how his Church is planning on serving their online community (and in-person community, as well). And, how that is leading to some great discipleship opportunities. 

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    ACTION STEPS:


    Share your thoughts! What do you think? What other ways you can serve your online community? Share below or on social media by connecting with Tom.
    Sly is an amazing resource for Online Ministry! To connect with him, check him out on Twitter or email him.
    Join the Digital Bootcamp Facebook Group to learn how to be more effective using digital tools for your ministry join the group. This is for ALL Ministers, not just Church Communicators or Social Media Managers.
    Looking for Digital Ministry Coaching? The Church Digital is offering a variety of digital, phygital or metaverse ministry coaching and cohorts. Just click here.
    If you are in Digital Ministry, be part of the Digital Ministry Twitter Community. We share daily encouragement and support to help you do ministry in this online world more effectively. Click here to be part of it.
    Sign up for the Sidekick Scoop Weekly Email. Each Friday get a fresh email with content from all over the ministry world (especially online and student ministry topics) and be encouraged in how you can minister more effectively in today's world.
    If you have an idea for a topic or a person for Tom to interview for a future podcast episode, email tom@thechurch.digital

    • 39 min
    How to Run a Meeting Where Ideas Flow

    How to Run a Meeting Where Ideas Flow

    As much as people don't like them, meetings have to happen. While people don't often like them, there are creative ways you can run a meeting that is positive and yields lots of great ideas. But how can you do that? Ben Stapley joins the podcast today to talk about it. 

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     ACTION STEPS: 


    Share your thoughts! What are some other ways you can run meetings that yield lots of ideas? Share below or on Twitter by reaching out to Tom.
    If you want to connect with Ben, check him out on Facebook or on Twitter. You can also check out his website as well. He is very active on social media so definitely him up if you have a question.
    Join the Digital Bootcamp Facebook Group to learn how to be more effective using digital tools for your ministry join the group. This is for ALL Ministers, not just Church Communicators or Social Media Managers.
    Looking for Digital Ministry Coaching? The Church Digital is offering a variety of digital, phygital or metaverse ministry coaching and cohorts. Just click here.
    If you are in Digital Ministry, be part of the Digital Ministry Twitter Community. We share daily encouragement and support to help you do ministry in this online world more effectively. Click here to be part of it.
    Sign up for the Sidekick Scoop Weekly Email. Each Friday get a fresh email with content from all over the ministry world (especially online and student ministry topics) and be encouraged in how you can minister more effectively in today's world.
    If you have an idea for a topic or a person for Tom to interview for a future podcast episode, email tom@thechurch.digital

    • 32 min
    How to Get Out of a Funk

    How to Get Out of a Funk

    Whether it is a work related one or personal one, we have all been in funks before. And while we have all been in them, it doens't mean we have to stay in them. Today, Cory Sullivan joins me on the podcast to talk about some very practical steps you can take to get out of that funk.

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    ACTION STEPS:


    Share your thoughts! What do you do when you are in funk? How do you get out of it? Share below or on Twitter by reaching out to Tom.
    Cory is a great resource and you can find him blogging here.  You can also follow him on Instagram here. He's a great resource so hit him up and pick his brain.
    Join the Digital Bootcamp Facebook Group. To learn how to be more effective using digital tools for your ministry join the group. This is for ALL Ministers, not just Church Communicators or Social Media Managers as we share resources, tools and digital trends to see how we can reach more people for Christ with these tools.
    Looking for Digital Ministry Coaching? The Church Digital is offering a variety of digital, phygital or metaverse ministry coaching and cohorts. Just click here. 
    If you are in Digital Ministry, be part of the Digital Ministry Twitter Community. We share daily encouragement and support to help you do ministry in this online world more effectively. Click here to be part of it.
    Sign up for the Sidekick Scoop Weekly Email. Each Friday get a fresh email with content from all over the ministry world (especially online and student ministry topics) and be encouraged in how you can minister more effectively in today's world.
    If you have an idea for a topic or a person for Tom to interview for a future podcast episode, email tom@thechurch.digital

    • 23 min

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

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...of my man, Tom Pounder. Great practical insight into ministry topics. His practical thoughts especially on the digital side of ministry, is really great. If you're into student or online ministry, you should definitely subscribe to YM Sidekick Podcast.

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THE source of wisdom for Youth pastors

If you are in youth ministry, this is a podcast you cannot afford to miss. With practical advice from almost 2 decades of experience, Tom knows how to guide you to becoming more successful in reaching teenagers and parents as well as running a student ministry of any size with less stress. - Seth Muse, host of The Seminary of Hard Knocks Podcast

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