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You Need to Know Steven Fogg

I'm reviving an old practice of using Friday's to point out leaders I believe you should be learning from. Today, I want to point you to Steven Fogg. Steven and I had communicated for a couple of years over the web about design, communication, and even some theology. I finally had the privilege of meeting him face-to-face at a conference in southern California where we ate lunch together. He's British and lives in Australia, so one of my favorite and unforgettable moments …

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You Need to Know Danny Brown (@dannybrown)

There is plenty of talk about "authenticity" in social media leadership circles, but few people represent it the way Danny Brown does. I've been a student at his feet from a bit of a distance. We've never met or talked on the phone, but I read pretty much everything he writes and I hear what others say about him. He's held in high esteem in the marketing community and is responsible for the creation of the 12for12 Challenge and you can read up on all the charities …

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You Need to Know David Chrzan (@dchrzan)

I was minding my own business one day in January of this year when I received a brief email from one David Chrzan (pronounced Shawn) who called himself "Chief of Staff" at Saddleback Church. Three weeks later, I was sitting in a roundtable discussion with him and some magazine Editors about social media and online publishing. We began talking about Pastors.com and the potential for utilizing the social web to minister to today's church leaders and now I work on the team …

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You Need to Know Jeff Gibson (@insightable)

There are those people who support us in various ways, helping us reach our goals. But sometimes someone comes along who simply makes us think long and hard about everything. Jeff is one of those guys to me. You may not have heard much about him across the social media spectrum, primarily because he's given his genius to other causes and organizations and has spent relatively little time building his own reputation.  He understands social. He gets media. He's been a …

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You Need to Know Kerry Bural (@KerryBural)

A little over a year ago, I was entering a period of searching for God's will in my life. I felt tugged in different directions. I love being a Pastor and believe I'm called to it, but I also have a huge passion for communications, media, and design. One of the conversations that shaped my present assignment was with Kerry Bural. Kerry went to seminary, but is passionate about church and ministry communications. While I was struggling with the need to be either a …

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You Need to Know Danny Kirk (@dannyrkirk)

I met Danny Kirk in late 1994 and it was one of the more intimidating experiences of my life. I was coming to take his daughter on a date. I married Angie in 1997 and we've had a great relationship since. He's my father-in-law, but also a mentor, friend, and I still think of him as my Pastor. He's one of the wisest coaches and advisors I know. He is Pastor of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church in Florissant, Missouri and Missions Director for both the Baptist Missionary …

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You Need to Know Rick Warren (@RickWarren)

You definitely need to know my Pastor, Rick Warren. Most people know him as the Pastor of Saddleback Church, the author of the Purpose Driven Life (aff), or as a global missions leader. I've come to know him as a Pastor with a Pastor's heart.  Just a couple of days ago, Pastor Rick was sharing a prayer request and taught me an enormous lesson with his words. "You don't last in ministry thirty years by shouldering all of your own burdens." Even a guy who has been …

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You Need to Know D. J. Chuang (@djchuang)

I'm sitting at a Saddleback viewing party for The Nines conference, and directly across from me sits a guy with a Macbook Pro covered in a bright orange cover boasting a cool vinyl decal simply displaying "@djchuang." If for no other reason than his sweet Mac gear, you should know D. J. Additionally, with a single click (to D. J.'s page), it's obvious D. J. understands "social." He understands media, and listening to him will absolutely help you understand how to …

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