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Conference on Asian American Christian Mentoring

I am officially inviting you to the Asian American Ministry Conference on the theme of “Mentoring for a Lifetime” on Saturday, November 8th, 2014, being hosted at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. Whether you’re local or within driving distance of the greater Los Angeles area, or you need to book a round-trip flight, this is a special opportunity that you won’t find anywhere else!

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To provide you mentoring and to equip your mentoring, AAMC will have 14+ seasoned mentors sharing their lives and experiences from mentoring Asian Americans and/or being an Asian American mentor, because you know from experience that mentoring people is not a one-size-fits-all kind of endeavor. Mentors include:

  • Benjamin Shin (Talbot School of Theology)
  • Jen Shin
  • Cory Ishida (Evergreen Baptist Church of SGV)
  • Michael Lee (Young Nak Celebration Church)
  • Sheryl Silzer
  • Tommy Dyo (Epic Movement of Cru)
  • Walt Russell (Talbot School of Theology)
  • Kevin Nguyen (Lead Pastor of Saddleback Church Irvine Campus)
  • and more!

I’m particularly grateful to see the organizers intent on making this an annual conference that equips Asian American Christian ministry leaders and pastors. It’s an answer to my prayers that we as Asian American Christians would have more frequent gatherings to sharpen one another and learn together. It’s hard to learn alone. And in my few years of connecting with Asian American leaders, the number one need I heard 15 years ago and I still hear today is: mentoring.

And, I’m coordinating a special free pre-conference on Friday, November 7th, 2014, for people to experience peer mentoring and a learning group experience. This pre-conference is not exclusive to out-of-town attendees, but AAMC registration is required.

To confirm your spot at the pre-conference, add a comment here or contact me. If I receive at least 10 confirmations for this pre-conference, the event will be on. If not, then no deal. Deal or no deal, it’s your call. Look forward to hearing from you!!

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Shape the Future of the Internet at ICANN Meetings

Hey, conference lovers and Internet lovers. There’s a professionally-produced conference you can attend for FREE. It’s the ICANN Meeting, open to the public, held this week in Los Angeles, California (USA), and I attended on behalf of my work with the .BIBLE TLD Registry (operated by the American Bible Society). The official description of these events:

ICANN meetings are held three times each year in different regions of the globe to enable attendees from around the world to participate in person… ICANN meetings are free and officially run five days (Monday to Friday). There are also a few pre-meeting workshops and working sessions when the volunteer members of our supporting organizations and advisory committees initiate their work. Read more…

Unquestionably the Internet has changed the world and is increasingly shaping and affecting the next generation all around the world, both all peoples and the economy, the marketplace, the work force, travel, disruptions of old ways, innovations of new ways, etcetera. You’re reading this blog post because the Internet exists and runs pretty well most of the time around most parts of the world.

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ICANN meetings have run 3 times a year around the world since 1999, this one in LA was number 51, and quite an international affair, with headphone-powered translation into 7+ languages available and attendees here from 100+ countries. This was my first time. There is a ton of simultaneously-running meetings and working groups and sessions, with proceedings that appears to be like C-Span to the untrained eye. No, this is not like the typical conference with keynotes and workshop speakers providing inspirational talks and training breakouts, though there’s a few of those in the mix. I would have thought that there’d be more representation and voices from young entrepreneurs, social media thought leaders, Internet startups, e-commerce heavyweights, community leaders, development shops. Instead, the attendance is largely domain industry professionals, lawyers, and some policy-makers and government sector. Just saying, things do appear well-structured for an open collaborative participatory effort to keep this Internet open and accessible and serving all of humanity, as far as digital connectivity can reach even the developing world and the ends of the earth. But people do have to show up here (or participate remotely), and learn the ropes of processes and terminologies, to shape the future of the Internet. And this is one very unique place to potentially change the world.

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Next Innovation on the Internet: no more slashes?

Here at the ICANN 51 conference (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in Los Angeles this week, sitting in on lots of policy details being examined and re-examined, so as it goes with a multi-stakeholder model of governance, and there’s sidebar presentations of technical layers too.

By the way, did you know there’s now over 418 new gTLDs up and running already? 418gtlds

A question I heard during one of the proceedings sparked my thinking about new possibilities ushered in with the new gTLD program (generic Top-Leel Domains): “What is truly the innovation with new gTLDs?” In other words, “What can the Internet do with new gTLDs that it can’t do now?”

Imagine a new possibility of no more slashes. Granted, my idea here is raw, and perhaps this will be built-upon and spur on newly developed ideas, especially with 50% of Interbrand’s Top 100 Global Brands applied for new gTLDs:

Instead of websites with URLs like,

  • brand.com
  • brand.com/about
  • brand.com/locations
  • brand.com/products

The new web addresses with new gTLDs of brands could be:

  • about.brand
  • locations.brand
  • products.brand
  • shop.brand

What do you think? Shorter and more meaningful URLs as stand-alone domain names. Instead of URLs with keywords after the slash, the slash could disappear, and the keywords in front of the dots can navigate all of the entry points to a corporate/organization’s web presence! Yes, this would mean web servers and search engines have to be recalibrated to this new kind of web presence. And, that’s what innovation is all about, changes that make it even easier to connect with a brand.

I, for one, would like to see more chatter about new gTLDs in the open, on the open Internet, and not only at offline in-person industry conferences. And, yes, I know that for legal concerns and trademarks and brands having a ton more equity at stake (and at risk) for having open conversations, it’s not quite a free and open conversation for kicking around new ideas, yet, but let’s get the ball rolling.

This post is part of a blog series tagged gTLD. Also see How to get the new gTLD domain names you want + When will more new gTLD websites go live? + 6 ways to choose a meaningful domain name with a new gTLD

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Christianity Today cover story on Asian Americans

Christianity Today Magazine’s October 2014 cover story is “Asian Americans: Silent No More — Asian American Christians are growing in influence and audience. Will they be embraced by their broader church family?” by Helen Lee, who recently started a new role at InterVarsity Press as Associate Editor. The cover’s wording is: “Asian American Ascent: They are finding their voices, leading churches, and connecting with people others cannot reach.” She also authored a couple of related articles (aka sidebar):

The articles are currently subscriber only—the author, publisher, editors, and staff would encourage you to subscribe to Christianity Today Magazine and get access to these articles and more. I’ve heard (read) a couple times that these articles will be unlocked and made available to all (paywalls lowered) in about a week. #Patience.

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If one of your friends is a Christianity Today subscriber, there’s an option to “unlock this article for a friend” in the right sidebar. So be sure to ask nicely, use the magic word, and maybe you could read the articles sooner.

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Most Popular Sermons by Pastor Rick Warren

As September 2014 marked the start a new school year, Saddleback Church is doing an encore of sermons by Pastor Rick Warren, titled “ the best messages that I wish my friends could hear” and noted as “six of Pastor Rick’s most talked about, most watched, and most shared messages.”

Winning with the Hand You’re Dealt

How to keep from stressing out

Escaping the People-Pleaser Trap (aka You Can’t Please Everyone)

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If you’re local to one of Saddleback’s many locations, this is a great opportunity to experience the community at Saddleback Church. If you’re not local, you can participate by watching Saddleback Church’s Online Campus on-demand any time.

More titles to be added as the countdown continues..

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The Very First .CHURCH Websites are Live!

The concept called “first mover” used to be an advantage. In our 21st century today, the low entry barrier in this instant digital publishing world means second-movers and late-comers can learn from those who’ve launched first, and leap-frog past the first-movers by being nimble and agile to develop something better fairly quickly. In other words, the first movers might have a head start, but it’s easier than ever for others to catch up.

But the first movers will always be the first movers. That’s not as much as it use to be, it’s not nothing, but it is something.

Today (September 17th, 2014) marked the first day of general public availability of .CHURCH domain names, with annual registration fees are retailing for around $25-45/year. (though during the past 7 days, some 600+ registered early by paying an extra premium setup fee.)

Getting a meaningful and memorable .CHURCH domain name is only part of the equation. A website has to developed and connected to that domain name. But, if you build it, they won’t come. People have to know about the website and/or find that website. Currently, Google remains the most popular search engine. And, according to Google Search, these are the first 5 church websites running on their new .CHURCH domain names:

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Related articles:

 

This post is part of a blog series tagged gTLD. Plus, a disclosure: I work on the launch team of the .BIBLE Registry and I’m the host of the SocialMedia.Church podcast.

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.CHURCH domain name can be registered early for a premium

September 10th, 2014 at 9:00am PDT (16:00 UTC) will mark the start of a 7-day period called the Early Access Program (EAP) that allows anyone in the world to register a domain name ending with a .CHURCH extension on a first-come first-serve basis. The premiums are the highest on the first day, and then the premium becomes lower on the following days, and so does the opportunity to get the domain you might want.

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I found 3 registrars that have EAP registration for .CHURCH domain names (there may be more out there, but they don’t make ‘em easy to find) and the corresponding EAP premium fees (as published on their website):

101domain.com — day 1 @ $11990 / day 2 @ $2990 / day 3 @ $1199 / day 4 @ $650 / day 5 @ $169 / day 6 @ $149 / day 7 @ $129

godaddy.com — day 1 @ $12539.99 / day 2 @ $3164.99 / day 3 @ $1239.99 / day 4 @ 689.99 / day 5-7 @ $189.99

name.com — day 1 @ $12500 / day 2 @ $3000 / day 3 @ $1200 / day 4 @ 650 / day 5-7 @ $175

To get priority access for registering the .CHURCH domain name you want, you would pay a pretty premium. And, I’ve overheard that these premium fees are in addition to the annual registration fee for the domain name, but I haven’t been able to find this clearly and simply stated online. Be sure to read the fine print for caveats and disclaimers (these new gTLDs are not easy to explain in a tweet or a bullet point; be careful to not oversimplify when explaining to the decision makers why these are important and the accompanying caveats. Add a comment and we can have an open discussion about .CHURCH here.) According to the Donuts registry’s EAP info page:

“The EAP helps registrants immediately secure the domain names they’ve always wanted… Donuts domains are available on a buy-it-now basis, you can start using your domain immediately after purchase. There’s no need to wait before incorporating it into your marketing and promotional materials and campaigns…”

What if you don’t want to pay a premium? The free-for-all for the general public to register .CHURCH domain names at the normal annual registration fee starts at 9:00am PDT on September 17, 2014. To learn more about .CHURCH domain names, I’ve previously blogged and/or talked about them at:

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