I’m pretty much stating the obvious when I talk about the amazing ministry impact that is having all around the world. So go ahead and say “Duh, Rhett!” But the reason I bring them up is not specifically the impact that they are having, but their ability to share the stories of life change with others on the web.

I see this as a huge encouragement not only to Christians who try and walk daily with Christ, but I also see it as a huge encouragement to those who are seeking. I think that the Church, and we as Christians have to do a better job of sharing our stories of what God has been doing in our lives and the communities we are a part of.

I also see this as a huge encouragement to those in ministry, whether on staff or in a volunteer position. I have found that ministry, and the job we perform is often based around metrics, usually numbers (i.e. attendance, tithe, retreat numbers, etc.), and I think there is a larger metric that is more difficult to measure, but more valuable…and that is the stories that are told about the work of redemption, grace, salvation, etc. in our lives. Often these stories go untold because there is no outlet…which is a shame.

I remember that the question I most often got on a Thursday morning in my 7 years as a college pastor (college group was Wednesday night) was, “How many college kids were there last night?” THAT’S IT! I kept thinking how about the question, “Tell me a story of how a kid’s life was changed last night?” Or “How is God working in the lives of the students in the college ministry?” Those can not be quantified in easy to grasp metrics and numbers.

I appreciate the online ministry team there at I count it as a blessing to be able to call Tony Steward a great friend, and I’m looking forward to getting to know Brandon Donaldson better, and still looking forward to meeting Terry Storch and the rest of the crew soon.

So check out some of the great stories that they have been sharing the last two weeks….

This is one of my favorites. Tony is getting interviewed by social media guru Chris Brogan at SXSW. Chris writes this in his blog,

Originally, I thought of as a place to cater to those who couldn’t make it to church, like shut-ins and others who are physically infirm. Tony explained that it went far beyond that. Quite interesting, to say the least.

Tony didn’t miss a beat when Chris made cracks about people getting into church so their money could be taken, and by the end of the interview Chris is quite blown away. Way to represent Tony. And way to make Kingdom impact at SXSW.

Last week Tony posts a great video late one night after praying for a pastor online who had been struggling with lust for 25 years, Pastor You Aren’t Alone.

And where does one go at 3am when they are in crisis, or need prayer. Check out the story Brandon Donaldson shares, 3am Story of a Changed Life is making a huge effort to make Easter visible online this year, and I think it is going to have a huge impact. You can check out their effort, and how you can help, Easter at Church Online “Can You See Him?”