What can you do with $0 budget? (Episode 63)

DJ Chuang, host of the Social Media Church podcast, checks-in with listeners after catching the tail-end of the iMinistry 2013 conference, held at Lake Pointe Church near Dallas, Texas. I introduce the idea of innovating without a budget and describe how this podcast is an example of running a project with $0 operating costs. Reimagine what you and/or your church could accomplish if money didn’t matter.

Show Notes

This is a roster of people who were at iMinistry 2013 and were featured on past episodes of Social Media Church (I hope I didn’t miss anyone):

Cognitive Surplus: The Great Spare-Time Revolution (Wired, June 2010)

#video Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world – Clay Shirky looks at “cognitive surplus” — the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we’re busy editing Wikipedia, posting to Ushahidi (and yes, making LOLcats), we’re building a better, more cooperative world.

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5 thoughts on “What can you do with $0 budget? (Episode 63)”

  1. DJ,

    I’m laughing a bit, since as you started challenging churches to form an online campus on a $0 budget, I was going to comment and ask how much your were spending on social media church. Kudos to you for not monetizing this site as a great example for others.

    I totally agree that with all the free resources that are out there that it’s totally feasible for a church to pull it off. My question to you is with so many mega’s showing others how they’re doing online campuses and the quality that they’re putting out, do you think that is a genuine barrier for smaller churches with a whole lot less resources to simply think they can’t afford to pull off an online campus?

    Great pod, as usual. I appreciate all you’re doing for the Kingdom!

    Thanks & God bless,

    1. Van, thanks for listening to and commenting on this episode! The challenge is to unleash the church (and people) to think beyond the proverbial box of budgetary constraints. Doing an online campus or publishing content and resources freely is only the tip of the iceberg. There are many new frontiers of $0 innovation beyond the horizon!

      The example of megachurches with more finances producing online campuses and resources with higher quality is only a perceived barrier for smaller churches with less finances. And that’s the point of $0 innovation, to break the mental barrier of feeling like we always need more money. You don’t need to create super high-quality production in order to make an impact! Some of the most popular viral videos have lower production quality, and that reaches millions just fine.

      To quote the popular Craig Groeschel, “Limited Resources + Willingness to Fail + Increasing Passion = Exponential Innovation” and taking the equation to its logical conclusion, drop money from the equation, you’re left with people, their time, their skills, their creativity, and unlimited innovation!

  2. DJ,
    First time listener after a friend’s suggestion. I’m helping a few congregations who are part of that 2/3 that don’t have a website, as well as any other social media presence. In addition to Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, what platforms/programs have you or others you know found helpful, especially on a $0 budget? Thanks!

    1. Hey Aaron, thanks for listening to this episode and the comments! Glad you’re being helpful to churches – I may have misspoke on the audio, I meant to say 1/3 of churches don’t have websites, not 2/3. Just looked for the actual percentage, and it’s 31% of churches that don’t have websites. I had researched it a while back myself -> http://djchuang.com/2011/how-many-churches-have-websites-in-america/

      While there are certainly dozens and even hundreds of other social media networks & platforms, sticking with what’s popular is most effective for starters, as well as for maximum engagement with the general public. Basic principle I’d say is: use what your people will use.

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