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Internet Pastor

Internet Pastor

Many may have wondered how a “reverend” can have a site like this.  It makes sense if you know me.  I am an advocate for peace, love, family and good citizenship.  I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am a protector of life.  I enjoy shooting firearms recreationally.  I have been trained to use various weaponry as a vocation.  I use this site to reach those like me and those are not to support these things.  I am the founder of an internet ministry called Speak Life Church, Inc.  I have a different take on what it means to be an internet pastor.

Before COVID-19 changed the way churches were operating, the Speak Life Church was created to be a continuation of the ministry of the Apostle Paul using technology. Church and fellowship is not about the building you are in, it is about learning and growing closer to Jesus. It is about building friendships and a community. Through the website, podcasting, video, live streaming and social media, people can be reached that do not feel at home in a traditional church. However, Speak Life is not all about technology. Phone calls, personal visits and meet ups are also a huge part of fellowship and are an even larger part of the roadmap for the church.  

 

Online ministry is misunderstood.  It was a novelty prior to the 2020 pandemic. Prior to this most pastors were not interested to learn how to podcast, use Youtube and use the growing number of video teleconferencing programs to outreach.   It was sad but when this season of our lives hit.  I was ready.  

I know how Noah must have felt.

Today, all are interested in using their gifts in a time when social distancing is done for your own protection. The churches with audio visual and social media managers are hardly missing a beat now that everyone has to broadcast via the web.  The challenges now are which services to use.  The learning curve for some of  platforms are not easy.  Technology is not always user friendly.  Many of the senior and smaller churches are not having success finding where their members are.  Not everyone is on Facebook or Youtube.  And the audience they are trying to reach is unfamiliar with social media.  

 

Mission:  To restore and strengthen the family, provide hope for those in need and offer a non-traditional place of worship, using technology to be anywhere. All are welcome, including those souls still searching for what they believe in.

 

The title of internet pastor is relatively new but this outreach Gospel ministry is striving to be a continuation of the ministry of the Apostle Paul using technology. It still requires face to face ministry.  It still requires contact.  It is still church.  We need connectivity.

Fellowship is not about the building you are in, it is about learning and growing closer to Jesus. It is about building friendships and a community. Through the website, podcasting, video, live streaming and social media, people can be reached that do not feel at home in a traditional church. However, Speak Life is not all about technology. Phone calls, personal visits and meet ups are also a huge part of fellowship and are an even larger part of the roadmap for the church.  

Currently, Rev. Blanchard also officiates weddings, conducts funerals and provides pastoral service nationally to individuals, couples and families unaffiliated with local churches. The Lord has called him to provide a way to feed the Spirit, find the hurting, teach and reach people online.

Here are some of our successes:

  • Helped prevent five suicides
  • Saved several marriages
  • Organized charitable fundraisers for good causes
  • Saved the home of a terminally ill veteran
  • Provided fishing trip and ministry to a senior citizen in hospice care
  • Officiated at 8 weddings

 

Speak Life Church Inc, has partnered with St. Matthew Baptist Church, in District Heights, MD for baptisms, funerals and anything concerning the body of Christ. 

The weekly podcast can be found at SpeakLIfePodcast.com 

Speak Life Church is an IRS 501 (c)3 recognized religious charity, incorporated in the State of Maryland in 2018.   

This weeks episode can be found here:

Giving Links

https://giv.li/p2nj61

 

https://paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/3587637

 

https://www.patreon.com/speaklifechurchpodcast

 

You can support the ministry by check or money order by sending it to Speak Life Church, PO BOX 2, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Protecting Your Church Online

Protecting Your Church Online

Using Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

Early adopters and tech savvy pastors I know have allowed or started to use tech like Zoom, Youtube and Facebook Live,  to reach their congregations recently.  I applaud that.  Some are fighting it with the tenacity of a Luddite.  Our elders are also having a tougher time deciding if they will finally join that Space Book or not.  
For those in the ministry, we don’t have a choice if we are true to our Call.  We are to serve,  to preach, reach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are charged to “feed My sheep.”  The method is not in the Book.  
The internet is a beautiful thing. It is bigger than America Online.  With the entire web, it’s possible to access almost any information, communicate with anyone else in the world, and do exactly what we are called to do globally.  It is also full of darkness, dangers and predators. 

Online Security

People use the same platforms to steal personal information, sell and send us things contrary to God.  Using tricks that prey on our psychology they can socially engineer our responses through “phishing, 
Phishing is when the anonymous attacker attempts to trick you into giving them your credentials or access to your system. Phishers attempt to play on your emotions, often including disturbing or enticing information in their emails in an attempt to provoke you to act. They may try to create a false sense of urgency by saying “your account will be deleted” or that “you are over your email storage space.” They often urge you to act immediately to “update” or “verify” your account information. 
Often, the goal of a phishing attack is to get you to provide your login credentials or other sensitive information like your social security number or financial institution information. This information could then be used to gain access to your private accounts or to steal your identity. You should be suspicious of any email that asks you to provide personal information or that directs you to a webpage that ask for this information.
Another goal of phishing is to trick you into downloading malicious code onto your computer. This can occur when you click a link or open an attachment. The malicious code can then do any number of very bad things to you, your computer and your contacts. 

Zoom 

Zoom has sharply risen in popularity since the spread of coronavirus ended group gatherings forced many to work from home.
I am hoping to issue a warning to the Church that there are predators in this space too.  Taylor Lorenz of the the New York Times  wrote and article about “zoom raiders” that have begun infiltrating meetings with malicious intent. The New York Times this month reported multiple instances of online abuse, ranging from unwanted pornographic images to instances of verbal harassment.
As Zoom’s user base has grown in recent weeks, reports of “Zoombombing,” or “Zoom raiding,” have spread across the internet.
Public school classes, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, yoga sessions and other virtual gatherings have been derailed by participants. Some of the these Zoombombers have been students, frustrated by online schooling and eager to escape the virtual classroom by any means. Others have weaponized the platform’s security flaws to harass specific populations using racial slurs, sexist remarks and pornography.
It’s nearly impossible to prevent these attacks, especially when an event is public by design but I can help the administrators secure it with some tips if you contact me.  I will be posting a list of recommendations later. 
Rev. Kenn Blanchard 
Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.

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