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You Need to Know David Chrzan (@dchrzan)

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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 David leads at Saddleback Church.

I'm not using this space to flatter my boss. I'm using it to highlight an unsung man of wisdom. We can laugh with and at each other easily, but there's a serious side of David I've been learning from. He speaks with tremendous wisdom and clarity. He manages a million tasks at a time and acts as an air traffic controller for Rick Warren, helping Pastor Rick land all the right planes in the right order each day.

I've learned about authority from David. I've not had a “boss” per se in twelve years, but it's been a delight to answer to David because he understands what great leadership looks like. He doesn't blog. He doesn't write many articles. He doesn't dominate a social network, and that's all according to plan. David's role isn't an up front, center stage role, but you need to know David Chrzan nonetheless. 

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You Need to Know Jeff Gibson (@insightable)

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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 part of things that you've heard of even if you haven't heard of him, and he's a disciplined thinker. He wrote Jessica's Law and has advised some of the worlds biggest brands in communications and messaging. But he's modest about the whole thing.

I know him because he keeps Saddleback and Pastors.com sharp. We talk now and then and I always walk away with my mind spinning with ideas. You really need to know Jeff Gibson.

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You Need to Know Kerry Bural (@KerryBural)

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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 Pastor OR a communications guy, Kerry encouraged me to be open to BOTH, and I'm so thankful he did. Just a few months later, I heard from Saddleback Church and I'm now a Pastor who gets to specialize in communications.

Kerry is wise and insightful. He gets to work on cool projects. He writes an awesome blog at ResonateOrDie.com and serves as Principal of the Resonate Group. He's an encourager, a good coach, and a go to specialist in the field of church and ministry communications. You need to know Kerry.

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