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Dec 15, 2014

Listen to what Josh Burns has learned in 4+ years at Park Community Church (Chicago) as director of social media and what he’s cooking up at the Social Church Academy with Think Digital. He talks about the key steps for how your church can build its social media strategy.

Josh is the Marketing Manager of Social Church Academy, an online resource designed to help churches grow their social media presence. Each month, members receive the resources, tools and access to expert interviews they need in order to grow their church with social media. For our friends at Social Media Church Podcast, get a discount on the already discounted charter offer by using the code: DJ ~ this code expires on January 2Click here to become a member today. Merry Christmas!

Show Notes

Connect with Josh Burno on Twitter @jburno + socialchurch.co

Previous episode of Social Media Church with Josh Burns: Episode 21

Previous episodes of Social Media Church with Justin Wise: Episode 74 + Episode 33

KNOW-LIKE-TRUST-BUILD – a blog post Justin Wise wrote and it includes the KLTB spectrum and the system
Dec 9, 2014

This episode of Social Media Church features a conversation with Adam Graber, a blogger at The Second Eclectic, with a tagline of: “Technology changes how we relate to God and each other.” Listen in for how social media changes how we relate to God and each other.

Show Notes

Connect with Adam Graber @AdamGraber on Twitter + Blog thesecondeclectic.com

#ebook: From Pews to Podcasts: What Technology Wants for the Church – .. how church pews were 14th-century social media

other #articles by Adam Graber

Join the conversation at Social Media Church by reserving a time on the web calendar to record a convo

Candlelight at Disneyland fan page (@ djchuang.com)

Nov 11, 2014

Doug Pagitt has had quite a faith journey, from no faith to megachurch, from emergent church to missional community (though he might say being emergent is being missional, though others may not). Currently, Doug Pagitt is the national director of the Cana Initiative and Doug is the founding pastor of Solomon’s Porch (Minneapolis, Minnesota). On this episode of Social Media Church, we meander through multiple layers of conversations about how social media might have played a role in his theological explorations. This is the most fascinating circuitous conversations we’ve had to date and you’re guaranteed to hear something you’ll disagree with; I know I did :) Or your money back.

Show Notes

Connect with Doug Pagitt on Twitter @pagitt + web dougpagitt.com + on Facebook fb.com/pagitt.doug

#book Flipped: The Provocative Truth That Changes Everything We Know About God by Doug Pagitt (releasing in February 2015)

7 other books by Doug Pagitt, including A Emergent Manifesto of Hope, Church in the Inventive Age, A Christianity Worth Believing

#video raw recording of this conversation – Doug Pagitt with DJ Chuang

The Nines online conference – hosted by Leadership Network

Nov 5, 2014

Stephen Morrissey blogs and podcasts at ChurchWebStrategies.org, using his time and skills as a web professional to help churches get strategic about their web and social media presence. Listen to this episode to hear the back story for why he started blogging and podcasting, and his heart for helping churches using his experiences in strategy and business analytics.

Show Notes

Connect with Stephen Morrissey on Twitter @ChurchWebStrats and his podcast + blog at ChurchWebStrategies.org

Pittsburgh area churches that Stephen’s noticed

#podcast Judith Gotwald on How Social Media Saved Our Church on Episode 48 ~ Judith is in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area

Oct 22, 2014

Let’s give K.C. Procter a call on this episode of Social Media Church and hear how he does all that he does- a Dad, an Online Campus Pastor (at New Life Church in Renton WA), a podcaster (Dad Life Rules), and co-founder of publishing power-house ChurchMag Press. Listen to how their church started in social media, decided when it was time to launch an online campus, how having a fake parody account of a pastor was useful (instead of a letter for cease & desist), the most popular e-books at ChurchMag, and more! Sorry, we didn’t get to the inside scoop about Starbucks.

Show Notes

Connect with K.C. Procter at kcprocter.com + on Twitter @kcprocter + on Facebook fb.com/DadLifeRules

Listen + Subscribe to the Dad Life Rules podcast

New Life Church (Renton, WA) + its Online Campus + its 11 gatherings

ChurchMag Press ~ digital publishing arm of the ChurchMag church tech blog

#ebook Rethinking Your Church Website Strategy by Jonathan Malm

#ebook Social Media Handbook: Church Edition by ChurchMag Press Collaborative

#ebook The Essential Social Media Content Strategy Guide by KC Procter

Oct 6, 2014

Dave Travis is the Chief Encouragement Officer (CEO) of Leadership Network, a ministry organization that fosters innovation movements that activate THE CHURCH to greater impact for the Glory of God’s name. Dave has a unique vantage point of seeing how innovative churches are incorporating technology and social media in their ministry strategies, and that’s what we have a conversation about on this episode of Social Media Church podcast. Dave talks about what digital technologies opens up in terms of opportunities, how pastors and church leaders can adjust to the changing dynamics of social media, and more.

Show Notes

Connect with Dave Travis on Twitter @DaveTravis and on Facebook fb.com/davetravis

The Nines thenines.tv- a free online conference for church leaders; this year’s theme is “Culture Clash” about how the church will respond to our fast-changing culture

#article “Trolling For God: 5 Things You Can Learn From Westboro’s Social-Media Playbook: The church crushes it using the tools of Satan” by Helen A.S. Popkin (at ReadWrite.com, August 2014) [ed.note: the episode audio had incorrectly attributed this article to Mashable, it is actually ReadWrite #correction]

#syndication Social Media Church podcast at the Leadership Network blog

Sep 23, 2014

Kenny Jahng, the Pastor of Media and Innovation at Liquid Church (Morristown, NJ), celebrates Episode 100 with Social Media Church podcast! Of course we have to have conversations about social media, how email is the killer app (according to Kenny Jahng), how traditional media and even the postal service are all useful channels of communications in this social media age, how Liquid Church’s Church Online strategy has changed, and more.

Show Notes

Connect with Kenny Jahng on Twitter @kennyjahng or @kkcoolj or @godvertiser+ his blog godvertiser.com

#article Service Teams that Go Above and Beyond (@ Leadership Network blog) ~ about the Liquid Church Roadies, celebrating and valuing the setup & tear down crew and making that a special experience

Also, listen to Kenny Jahng on the inaugural Episode 1 of Social Media Church

#raw video of the recording session for this episode on YouTube powered by Google+ Hangout on Air

Sep 15, 2014

Natalie Aho serves churches and ministries as an interactive communication specialist, working in the areas of communication and social media for ministries like Associated Baptist Press/Herald and Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and Center for Healthy Churches. Natalie connects the Social Media Church for a conversation about how communication has rapidly changed and developed with social media, how she helps churches and pastors to use social media through resources and conferences, and what she thinks of the newly announced Apple products.

Show Notes

Connect with Natalie Aho on Twitter @naaho + Facebook facebook.com/natalie.a.aho

DigitalClergy.com = a resource website for church leaders to learn ways to reach their communities online, developed by Natalie Aho

TheDigitalCongregation.com = Paper Churches in a Digital World, a one-day conference for conversations about congregations, social media, & communicating in the age of the internet

#video raw recording of this conversation – Natalie Aho with DJ Chuang

The free-for-all for the general public to register .CHURCH domain names starts at 9:00am PDT / 12:00pm EDT on September 17, 2014. More about .CHURCH domain names:

Sep 9, 2014

Listen in on a face-to-face conversation with Jay Kranda, Online Campus Pastor of Saddleback Church, and host DJ Chuang on this episode of Social Media Church. Jay shares about the lessons learned in pastoring an Online Campus, running 167 online worship services every week (that’s almost one every hour on the hour), how they make online-to-offline connections through Extensions, sneak preview about future developments, and more.

Show Notes

Connect with Jay Kranda at his blog jaykranda.com + Twitter @jaykranda + Facebook fb.com/Jaykranda

Visit Saddleback Church’s Online Campus saddleback.com/online

OnlineChurchLeaders.com
 – free online training for online churches + internet campuses

Also listen to Jay Kranda on Social Media Church Episode #19 for more background about the online campus strategy at Saddleback Church

Jay Kranda’s eBook = Social Media Made Easy for Small Businesses: Grow Your Business and Help Others in the Process

Get the special offer @ jaykranda.com/social

Select blog posts by Jay Kranda (@ jaykranda.com) tagged Church Online —

 

Sep 3, 2014
Jon Petersen is the Marketing Manager at BibleGateway.com, the most popular Bible website on the Internet. Jon talks about the recently redesigned BibleGateway.com, how it continues to grow its audience engagement, and how users are using mobile and social media with BibleGateway.com.
 
Show Notes
 
Connect with Bible Gateway
Bible Gateway Blog http://BibleGateway.com/blog
Aug 25, 2014

Dustin Stout has a background in storytelling and the performing arts as an actor, now working to help people tell compelling stories online, through blogging, branding & web design, and social media consulting. Keywords: Social. Web. Strategy. Design. Dustin shares an insider look at Google+ on this episode of Social Media Church podcast. Dustin explains why Google+ is the most awesome social network, what’s valuable about it, and how church leaders can use it.

Show Notes

Connect with Dustin Stout on Google+ +DustinStout (the person) and +dustntv (the designer) and his website dustn.tv

Examples of church leaders using Google+ Hangout on Air

#video [raw] recording session of this conversation with Dustin Stout on YouTube, recorded with Google+ Hangout on Air

The Anatomy of a Perfect Google+ Post: How to craft a post that get’s the attention it deserves.

Social Media Cover Photo Dimensions: A quick reference guide to cover photos on the top social networks.

Official Social Media Logos: Visual assets you can use when creating quality social media images.

#course Visual Content Mastery: Learn how to create visual content like a pro! Pre-Order the course before September 24th.

Aug 11, 2014

Sean Coughlin launched FaithStreet.com to help people discover and explore faith communities, prompted to answer the question “Why is it so hard to find a church?” In addition to its church directory with 14,000+ profiles, FaithStreet is home to OnFaith, 11,000+ thoughtful stories from faith communities, and FaithStreet also provides an online giving solution. Sean shares about how all of that works together, for the good of churches everywhere, on this episode of the Social Media Church podcast.

Show Notes

Connect with Sean Coughlin on Twitter @seanwcoughlin or phone 617-230-6853

Contact FaithStreet by phone 347-850-7783 or email faithstreet@faithstreet.com

#article 5 Churchy Phrases That Are Scaring Off Millennials by Addie Zierman, with 43k+ shares on Facebook

OnFaith has over 11,000+ articles, covering topics of faithBiblesexreligionnationalGeorgetownreligious leadersreligious freedom

FaithStreet.com has been featured in Christianity TodayTechCrunch, and PandoDaily —

Jul 29, 2014

Pastor Greg Laurie is a notable pastor (Harvest Christian Fellowship, Riverside, California) and evangelist with Harvest Crusades that has held large-scale outreaches since 1990. He was interviewed by Brendan Stark (Web Director at Harvest) in a keynote address at theCITRT (Church IT Roundtable) Regional event back in March 2014. Pastor Greg Laurie shared his value as a pastor for using technology, the Internet, and social media, and how they must be used for the ministry of the Gospel. Special thanks to CITRT and Brendan Stark for permission to post the talk on this episode of the Social Media Church podcast.

Show Notes

Connect with Brendan Stark on Facebook facebook.com/brendanstark + on Twitter @brendanstark

#video Watch “Pastor Greg Laurie on Technology and the Internet” on YouTube

#event 2014 National Roundtable & Refresh Cache (October 22-24, 2014 @ Peoria, IL) + Call for 2014 Fall Event Ten-Talk Presenters — this is a great event for Church IT (information technology) staff and volunteers to talk shop and faith, topics include: web dev tools, help desk tools/tips/tricks, personal productivity, remote support, SQL best practices, social media analytics, training tools or methodologies, OSX on a windows network, and social media should show up somewhere in the mix too.

Jul 18, 2014

Social Media Church celebrated the launching of OnlineChurchLeaders.com with a livestreamed web event, hosted by Innovation Pastor Nils Smith (@NilsSmith) of Community Bible Church and its OnlineChurch.com, previously on #81 and #2, with special guests:

Jason Caston (@jasoncaston) – on SocialMediaChurch.net #86 and #13

Jason Morris (@jasonandmaria) – on SocialMediaChurch.net #67 and #11

Jay Kranda (@JayKranda) – on SocialMediaChurch.net #19 + his new eBook Social Media Made Easy for Small Businesses @ socialmediamadeeasysb.com

OnlineChurchLeaders.com is a new website with free online training for your church to develop its online church campus. 10 learning modules will show you all the how-tos and essentials. Over 100 have already signed up today!

Watch the video of the livestreamed launch party for OnlineChurchLeaders.com [no longer available]

Tech note: We encountered several technical difficulties on the streaming and recording of this episode — Google+ Hangout on Air was not available minutes before our scheduled event due to YouTube maintenance?! We switched the event over toSpreecast.com, and then the audio on DJ Chuang’s computer wouldn’t work. Nils stepped right up to host the launch party, and then Jay Kranda’s computer crashed. Not to mention the bandwidth buffering and a few audio dropouts. #ugghhhh

Jul 8, 2014

New domain names ending in .CHURCH are part of the new Internet name space expansion beyond the currently popular .COM, .NET, and .ORG domain names. With an estimated 1,000+ new gTLDs (generic top-level domains) being launched this year and next year, the web addresses and URLs will look very different in 10 years or sooner.

Social Media Church podcast host DJ Chuang explains why .CHURCH domain names matter, how they are a huge window of opportunity and innovation for churches in the 21st century, and praying that the good guys prevail. This episode unpacks what you need to know: when, how much, why, and where to register.

Show Notes

Will Your Church Domain Name Be at Risk? (@ leadnet.org/blog) with 5 reasons why your church should consider how to use .CHURCH domain names

When can .CHURCH domain names be registered? (@ .BIBLE blog)

The fastest way to register a new gTLD domain name like .CHURCH (@ .BIBLE blog) – describes the 2 qualifications and overview of the “sunrise period” for trademark holders to have first priority to register .CHURCH domain names

Important Dates

  • July 8 to September 6, 2014 = 60-day “sunrise period” for qualifying trademark holders to register .CHURCH domain names, the first of two windows of opportunities for priority access.
  • September 10-16, 2014 = Early Access Program (EAP) is the other window of opportunity for earlier registration before the free-for-all, with prices starting around $12,000 on day 1, and dropping daily for this week
  • September 17th, 2014 at 9:00am Pacific Time (16:00 UTC) = the public launch for anyone to register .CHURCH domain names, first-come first-serve

Where to register .CHURCH domain names – list of known registrars with sunrise period:

How to get the new gTLD domain names you really want (@ djchuang.com)

#audio Everything You Need to Know About .church [Podcast] (@ churchm.ag)

#video DJ Chuang: All About the New .church Domain [Video] (@ churchm.ag)

#episode about .BIBLE domain names = The Coming Internet Expansion: Episode 61 (@ SocialMediaChurch.net)

Jun 30, 2014

Matt McKee is CEO of ROAR, a custom mobile app development company, Thought Leader for the reThink Group, and a writermattmckee.me. Matt’s also served for other a decade in family ministries, so you know he’s got a great heart for ministry. Matt has a conversation with Social Media Church podcast about mobile apps, mobile lifestyle, church apps, iBeacon, and more.

Show Notes

Connect with Matt McKee on Twitter @mattmckee + his blog mattmckee.me + his company ROAR

#ebook “Be Social: The Social Media Handbook for Churches” by Matt McKee ~ download it #free or buy on Kindle

SimplyTXT – group texting service

#video the difference between iPhone users vs. Android users – first conversation that DJ Chuang had with Matt McKee in 2011

[UPDATE 7/30/14 – mp3 audio re-uploaded with fix; original audio had a 20-second silent gap – ht: @warrenbird]

Jun 20, 2014

Sean Cannell is the campus pastor of The Church OC (a campus of The Church LV in Las Vegas) and author of a new eBook, “YouTube For Churches: How to Make Better Videos, Grow Your Church and Reach More People with YouTube” — Sean talks with Social Media Church before a livestream viewing audience to talk about YouTube, churches, social media, and adeptly fielded a handful of questions too. Listen to Sean’s answer to tough questions like: Why are there so few churches on YouTube? What churches are afraid of on YouTube? How a church can create a viral video?

Show Notes

Connect with Sean Cannell on Twitter @SeanCannell + Facebook fb.com/sean.cannell + YouTube youtube.com/seanTHiNKs

Top 6 Churches That Use YouTube Best by Sean Cannell (at Thinkintl.tv)

Best Christian Youtube Channels by Sean Cannell (at Thinkintl.tv)

YouTubeforChurches.com = FREE 4 Videos Series that will help your church CRUSH IT with YouTube, with a bonus checklist: 17 Secrets for Getting More Views and Getting Discovered on YouTube

Wait, there’s more:

And in case you noticed the brief audio drop-out at 37:00, let me reassure you it wasn’t because he said something censored. What Sean said at that point was: “What is the number one most watched type of YouTube Video? Music content!

Jun 4, 2014

Rich Birch is the Operations Pastor at Liquid Church (New Jersey) and hosts the unSeminary podcast with stuff you wish they taught in seminary. Rich stops by the Social Media Church podcast for a conversation about how he uses social media personally, how Liquid Church uses social media, how they coordinate traditional media with social media, why podcasting, and the topic that there ought to be a podcast about.

Show Notes

Connect with Rich Birch on Twitter @richbirch + Facebook facebook.com/richbirch

Read, subscribe, listen to the unSeminary blog and podcast unSeminary.com

#posts about .CHURCH domain names: How to get a .CHURCH domain name + When you can get a .CHURCH domain name

#raw video of this Social Media Church conversation with Rich Birch

May 21, 2014

Brady Shearer of Pro Church Tools is a blogger, produces video announcements for churches, and has generously published 2 valuable church resources for free: Pro Church Toolkit and the Church Video Series. Brady joins the conversations here at Social Media Church and makes a case for why email still makes the biggest difference in a social media world.

Show Notes

#event Social Media Summit for Churches = Free Online Event on 6/4 hosted by Faith Social

Connect with Brady Shearer on Twitter @BradyShearer + his blog prochurchtools.com + his podcast Pro Church Podcast

#post Email Marketing is the X-Factor of Church Media

#post My Seinfeld Social Media Experiment

#free The Church Video Series – a series of 40 free church video training to teach you how to create great videos for your church

#free Get your Pro Church Toolkit – The Pro Church Toolkit is a collection of e-books, videos and the 10-part church media course Church Media Experts

Engage City Church in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

#episode Peter Guirguis of Calvary Chapel South Bay: Episode 42 of Social Media Church

Video announcements for churches provideoannouncements.com

 

May 14, 2014

Jason Caston is Internet Church Developer at The Potter’s House / T.D. Jakes Ministries and author of How to Get One Million Social Media Fans and The iChurch Method series with 2 volumes so far. On this episode of the Social Media Church, we wrestle to the ground about how anyone can possibly keep up with all the changes that Facebook keep throw our way without advance notice and how to get more engagement for your Facebook Page content. And, Jason Caston will be one of the many speakers at bioladigital.com – biola.digital conference June 3-5, 2014 @ Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Show Notes

Connect with Jason Caston on Twitter @jasoncaston + Facebook fb.com/ichurchmethod + his website at iChurchMethod.com


Jason’s books:

Praying for Nils Smith http://fb.com/nilssmith

3 blogs Jason reads to keep up with news on Facebook and social media

  1. The Facebook Blog http://blog.facebook.com
  2. TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com
  3. Social Media Today http://socialmediatoday.com

#socialmediachurch #podcast Episode 13: Jason Caston of iChurchMethod.com

May 6, 2014

Haley Veturis is the Social Media Manager for Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, with a dozen more locations around Orange County and internationally around the world too. On this episode of the Social Media Church podcast, Haley shares about how social media has made such a difference in her life personally and the amazing God-story of how she became the Social Media Manager at Saddleback Church, how she manages the a purpose-driven social media strategy for Saddleback Church, and her extra effort to help resource churches at large through Social Ecclesia.

Show Notes

Connect with Haley Veturis on Twitter @HaleyVeturis + on Instagram instagram.com/haleyveturis + about.me/haleyveturis

#article #EndOfAnEraForSocialMediaPioneers: Real life has intruded on three sisters who are stars on Twitter, Facebook and other online networking sites. (OC Register, May 2013)

#event Social Ecclesia’s website socialecclesia.com – next micro-conference is June 5th in Griffin, Georgia

#article Seven Reasons Your Church Needs a Social Media Director by Thom Rainer

Apr 28, 2014

Dave Bourgeois is Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Crowell School of Business at Biola University and author of the book, Ministry in the Digital Age. On this episode of Social Media Church, we talk about how social media is changing the college campus, what is a post-website world, why there are so few resources for church leaders about social media, and more.

Show Notes

Connect with Dave Bourgeois @davebourgeois on Twitter + his website ministryinthedigitalage.com

#conference bioladigital.com – biola.digital conference June 3-5, 2014 @ Biola University in La Mirada, California – early registration deadline is 4/30 – “designed to empower individuals with the vision, knowledge, and relationships necessary to be thoughtful stewards of digital technologies for the cause of Christ”

#videos Watch the 2013 Biola Digital Ministry Conference on Open Biola – The Disruptive Nature of Digital

#book Ministry in the Digital Age: Strategies and Best Practices for a Post-Website World by Dave Bourgeois. This quote is an excerpt from the book’s introduction:

Digital technologies are changing and evolving constantly. Websites that were once useful and efficient are now outdated (remember MySpace?). Even the logos and colors we use must keep up with the latest styles; what previously looked cutting edge may now convey the message that your ministry doesn’t ‘get it’ anymore.

Apr 21, 2014

Kevin Hendricks is editorial director of ChurchMarketingSucks.com, a blog
that has championed church communications for almost a decade. Church Marketing Sucks is a part of the Center for Church Communication, a nonprofit organization where courageous storytellers are welcome. On this episode of Social Media Church, Kevin describes how social media fits within the overall scheme of things with church communications, how to manage multi-channel communications, and the next resources coming from the Center for Church Communication.

Show Notes


Connect with Kevin Hendricks at @kevinhendricks on Twitter + follow @cmsucks for their handcrafted tweets about church marketing that doesn’t stink

Getting Started In Church Communication Ebook Series

  • Copy Matters: The written word needs to be written well.
  • Web Basics: Here’s to church websites that wow.
  • Landing a Job: Your new job is waiting.

2-Day Intensive Certification Lab (Atlanta, GA @ June 9-10, 2014) – intense workshop designed specifically for those who are new to the role of a church communicator, covering topics like: websites, logos, branding, social media strategy, web strategy and design basics. Listen to this episode for the special discount code and save $100 when you register before 4/25.

Church Marketing Podcast – all about church communication for church communicators

Apr 15, 2014

Listen to the wide span of insights from Greg Atkinson – pastor, consultant, and Editor of Christian Media Magazine. He’s also author of a new book, Strange Leadership: 40 Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization. Topics we covered include: how to encourage church leaders that are reluctant about using social media, how to use social media wisely instead of wasting time, evaluating the effectiveness of a church’s social media presence, and much more! This episode of Social Media Church was recorded before a live online audience via Google+ Hangout on Air.

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