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Dec 26, 2012

Scott Asai is the author of “The Startup Church: Reaching Millennials Where Faith Meets Business” and stops by Social Media Church podcast for a conversation about self-publishing via print-on-demand, and what he envisions for a new kind of church that could better reach Millennials. Of course, Scott describes how that does involve social media. Scott Asai is a former Youth Pastor turned entrepreneur to blend faith and business that develops Millennial leaders.

Connect with Scott Asai on Twitter @startupchurch and on Facebook facebook.com/TheStartupChurch

#book: The Startup Church: Reaching Millennials Where Faith Meets Business

#book: APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch

Dec 18, 2012

Listen to this espisode of Social Media Church to hear a conversation with Douglas Estes, author of SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World (Zondervan, 2009.) We talked about his insightful perspective about churches using technology, and what he thinks might be next for the church in a virtual world. I like this book’s approach, because it wrestles with issues of ecclesiology and technology. I also read an excerpt from the book on this podcast, a particularly poignant thought about what it really means to be “present.”

Show Notes

Connect with Douglas Estes at douglasestes.com, @douglasestes on Twitter and facebook.com/douglas.estes. Douglas Estes is currently the Lead Pastor at Trinity Church, in Mesa, AZ, a suburb of Phoenix.

simchurch.com is the book’s website

Dec 11, 2012

This episode of Social Media Church features the founder of Mobile Ministry Magazine, Antoine RJ Wright. Listen to his insights about mobile technology and how it’s developed over the past decade. You’ll also hear about how he creates his sketchnotes (visual note-taking), 3 personal tips for how to manage time while being a very active user of mobile technologies, and what he’d like to see the church do more of outside of its own walls.

Show Notes

Connect with Antoine RJ Wright on Twitter @ARJWright and his blog arjw.wordpress.com

Antoine’s Sketchnotes

Mobile Ministry Magazine (MMM) (@mobileminmag) has volumes of resources and useful articles, including:

Dec 4, 2012

This episode of Social Media Church features a conversation with Jan Touchberry, the Internet Campus Pastor (and Programming Director) of Christ Fellowship (McKinney, Texas). And she’s the first attendee at iMinistry 2012 to share an eyewitness account of her experience here on Social Media Church.

Question to you: anyone have experience with the Amazon cloud for streaming video? Please add your comment.

Show Notes

Connect with Jan Touchberry on Facebook facebook.com/jantouchberry and Twitter @jantouchberry

Christ Fellowship Online runs on the Media Social platform, currently with streaming provider NetBroadcasting.tv

Facebook page of Christ Fellowship Online

#article: More congregations turn to Facebook, Web, high-tech outreach (by Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY 4/17/2012) describes how Christ Fellowship Church uses an online Bible study guide, QR codes, Facebook, video streaming and podcasts to provide spiritual services to their church members.

Nov 27, 2012

Terrace Crawford chats on the Social Media Church podcast about his new book, Going Social: A Practical Guide on Social Media for Church Leaders. The book carries with it endorsements from heavyweights like Ed StetzerKem MeyerScott McClellanTim Stevens,Todd RhoadesJosh GriffinTim Schraeder, and more.

Connect with Terrace Crawford on his blog @ terracecrawford.com/blog + on Twitter @terracecrawford

Website for book: goingsocialbook.net
Facebook: facebook.com/goingsocialbook
Twitter: @goingsocialbook

The contest deadline for winning a copy of the Going Social book is Monday, December 3rd, 12:00am midnight EST. Listen to the episode for instructions on how to win.

Nov 20, 2012

On this episode of Social Media Church podcast, DJ Chuang talks with Identity Specialist Lem Usita about how social media affects our relationships and identity. Make sure you’re sitting down for this one, because this conversation may very well deconstruct your preconceived ideas. Lem Usita is a Professor (and Director of the Henry Morris Leadership Scholarship Program) at San Diego Christian College.

Show Notes

Connect with Lem Usita@Lemness on Twitter and at identitySPECIALIST.net, and on his podcast the identitySHOW

Lem Usita’s article, “Creating Identity: How Youth Workers Can Help Kids Become Persons” explains Erickson’s stages of identity development

Lem also has noted that “Every experience shapes and forms us. There’s no escaping it. All of our Deep Hurts have a powerful influence on our identity.” and “Whether you spend lots of time thinking about them or not, your decisions shape who you become.  You are who you are today because of decisions that you’ve made.

Call-in comment from Bruce Herwig of Trinity Church (Redland, CA)

Video of the first internet baptism on February 17, 2008 at the then Flamingo Road Church, now Potential ChurchSocial Media Church episode 8 featured a conversation with Potential Church’s Nathan Castleberry

2 Internet Campus Pastors who live and work in a different location than their church’s home location: Bernadine Young of Family Life Church (Episode 9) and Dan Hickling of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale (Episode 15) — Know of others? Please add a comment.

LifeChurch.tv’s worship space in Second Life; other religious destinations on Second Life

Plus, listen to the other version of our conversation over at Lem Usita’s identitySHOW podcast

Nov 6, 2012

Bruce Reyes-Chow stops by the Social Media Church podcast to share about his years of experience in using social media as an author, blogger, pastor, podcaster, and moderator of a mainline denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), or PCUSA in short. Bruce is an ordained minister, the founding pastor of Mission Bay Community Church, the Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the PCUSA from 2008-2010, and currently an active blogger, writer, speaker, and consultant.

Show Notes

Connect with Bruce Reyes-Chow at reyes-chow.com, on Twitter @breyeschow and Facebook facebook.com/breyeschowpage
eBook: The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church

Wikipedia entry for Bruce Reyes-Chow

Bruce currently blogs at Patheos’ Progressive Christian Channel and at HuffingtonPost.com

Watch video of my conversation with Bruce about a church online beta, first introduced back in February 2012

While an advocate for churches and church leaders to actively using social media, Bruce has also noted some caution: An Open Letter to Pastors About the Dangers of Using Social Media

Bruce is 1 of 7 church leaders on Animate, a seven-session adult course from sparkhouse, an exploration of big questions of the Christian faith, designed to spark conversation in faith communities

Oct 30, 2012

This episode features a conversation with Josh Burns with a bonus segment of my best tips for churches thinking about launching an Internet campus. Josh Burns, Director of Web and Social Media at Park Community Church (Chicago, IL), explains how he gets paid to do social media for a church, the philosophy of how his church uses social media as a means to connecting people into face-to-face relationships, and how to know if your church’s social media strategy is effective.

Show Notes

Connect with Josh Burns at his blog joshburns.net/blog or twitter @jburno

Park Community Church is on Twitter @parkchurch, Facebook facebook.com/parkcommunitychurch, and Instagram @parkchurch; here’s some articles that mention them:

watch Real Social Media Ministry’s Interview with Josh Burns of Park Community Church

Getting Started: Josh Burns (ChurchMarketingSucks.com 10/15/2012) – about working in church communications

Churches blogging about life-change stories: Park Community Church’s Transformed LivesMars Hill (Seattle)The Austin Stone,NewSpring

 

Oct 23, 2012

Why should churches and pastors use social media? It’s a question I still hear from more pastors than not, even though the impact of social media can be as great as being a factor for overturning the government of Egypt, and shaping the political conversations of this election year, to name a few. DJ Chuang, host of Social Media Church podcast, starts on a conversation on these 5 things and invites your thoughts:

  1. What is the value of social media for churches?
  2. perspective on survey, “How churches use social media”
  3. social engagement on Facebook
  4. Onlinechurch.com
  5. thinking about this podcast

Show Notes ::

Social Media Church episode 5 with Vince Marotte

Josh Burns: Measuring Success for Social Media in Your Church

Buzzplant survey “How churches use social media” published at Mashable.com

Justin Wise: “websites with a blog get 55% more traffic than those sites that don’t“, citing a 2009 HubSpot survey

social media milestone on October 4th, 2012: One Billion People on Facebook

Facebook Tells Brands the Percentage of Fans Who See Their Posts = 16% (mashable.com, May 2012)

Facebook Pages Only Reach 17% Of Fans (allfacebook.com)

Facebook EdgeRank 101 #infographic

6 Tips to Increase Your Facebook EdgeRank and Exposure (socialmediaexaminer.com)

Nils Smith’s iMinistry 2012 notes

onlinechurch.com

Social Media Church episode 2 with Nils Smith

PageData’s list of top Facebook pages “Most Talked About” in the Church/Religion category

Facebook page of Smoky Mountain Christian Village

 

And a postscript (that I wanted to say on this episode but forgot in the moment): what’s been (pleasantly) surprising is how much variety there is for how churches are using social media. This shows me that social media really are communication tools that can be used in so many creative ways. And the first step is to start. You’ll learn so much as you go, and like a treadmill, once you start, you’ll have to keep up and keep on learning.

Oct 16, 2012

This episode of Social Media Church podcast features a conversation with Jay Kranda, the Internet Campus Pastor at Saddleback Church, yes, the one pastored by none other than Pastor Rick Warren. You’ll hear about how Saddleback’s Internet Campus is developing to be more purpose-driven, how they’re doing online small groups, Saddleback’s value for community. Plus, a couple of questions were posed to the host of Social Media Church, DJ Chuang, about how he keeps up with tech trends and what he fears about online church.

Show Notes:

Connect with Jay Kranda on his blog hyperthinking247.com, Twitter @jaykranda and Facebook facebook.com/Jaykranda

Infographic on Global Reach of Saddleback’s Internet Campus

Mashable.com
TheNextWeb.com
GigaOM.com

Oct 9, 2012

What surfaced during the conversation on this episode of Social Media Church with Dan Ohlerking, Online Campus Pastor of Healing Place Church (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) was the lifeline of prayer. We often talk about the importance of prayer as church leaders, yet where can the average person go to participate in prayer online? Hear how Dan and Healing Place Church is providing online worship and online prayer, including a rare-to-find weekly online prayer gathering.

Show Notes ::

Connect with Dan Ohlerking on Twitter @danohlerking and Facebook facebook.com/danohlerking

Healing Place Church’s Online Campus

HPC Online Prayer Wall – Facebook Prayer Group – “It’s where to go online when you need prayer.”

Online Prayer Gathering every Wednesday at 12PM Central Time

Oct 2, 2012

What’s it like to be at a church where social media usage is actively encouraged and most welcomed? Social Media Church talks with Chris Surratt of Cross Point Church (Nashville TN), one of the most social media active churches around, where multiple faces and voices can be seen and heard online almost every day. Hear the back story of what prompted Cross Point Church to start its Internet Campus, how they mobilized 800 people for flood relief through Twitter alone, and how social media shapes how they do everything atCrossPoint.tv.

Show Notes::

Connect with Chris Surratt on Twitter @ChrisSurratt and Facebook facebook.com/chrissurratt
Pete Wilson – withoutwax.tv @pwilson
Carlos Whittaker – ragamuffinsoul.com@loswhit“Single Ladies Devastation” viral video with 6,000,000+ views
Jenni Catron – jennicatron.tv@jennicatron
Stephen Brewster – stephenbrewster.me @b_rewster
Brent Hodge – brentinworship.com @inworship

Sep 25, 2012

This episode of Social Media Church features a conversation with Steve Knight, Community Architect of the TransFORM Network, Local Planning Team Member of Wild Goose Festival, and founder of Sogo Media, the Minister for Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation, blogging at Missional Shift on Patheos, among other things. You’ll hear about his spiritual journey and how he’s been an active participant in being a part of a missional church, where social media has been a part of cultivating those conversations in the cirlces of mainline and progressive Christianity, and a new online television network he’s launching. Read his bio.

Show Notes:

Connect with Steve Knight at knightopia.com/blog and on Twitter @knightopia

Subscribe to Sogo Media TV on YouTube youtube.com/sogomediatv

Social Media and Communication InnovationLab launching in September 2013 at Leadership Network

Mosaix Global Network – a relational network and resources for multiethnic churches and leaders

raw video of the unedited conversation with Steve Knight and DJ Chuang

Sep 18, 2012

On this episode of Social Media Church, hear a conversation with Dan Hickling, Internet Pastor at Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale‘sWeb Campus. He describes how they facilitate an online worship experience that builds relationships and fosters discipleship, how they measure success, and why they don’t treat everyone the same online. He describes all this in such great detail, it’s almost like a play-by-play off of the run sheet. You can tell he’s a pastor and a teacher.

Show Notes

Connect with Dan Hickling on Facebook facebook.com/dan.hickling.58 and Twitter @Dan_Hickling10

DJ Chuang‘s List of Churches with Internet Campuses and/or Livestream

Article: Praying in the cloud: Churches use social media to get word out — Sun Sentinel (6/01/2012)

Worshipers no longer have to be in the same room, or even the same time zone, to meet, pray and get counseling via computer, cellphone and tablet during an average week with Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale. In fact, the church’s web pastor, Dan Hickling, lives in Nashville.

Sep 11, 2012

On this episode of Social Media Church, we hear from Alan George, the Church Online Pastor at LifeChurch.tv, sharing the back story of how someone not technically-inclined became an Internet Campus Pastor, the big surprise of pastoring online, how to coordinate and mobilize a large team of volunteers, the missional use of technology, and what LifeChurch.tv might be dreaming up next.

Show Notes

Connect with Alan George on Twitter @alanvgeorge and Facebook facebook.com/alanvgeorge

Episode 10 of Social Media Church – Brandon Donaldson tells all about how LifeChurch.tv launched its Internet Campus

Church Online – LifeChurch.tv worship experiences online

Church Online Platform – a free tool to help you launch an online ministry

ChurchMetrics.com – track your church data

#news: Bible.com joins the YouVersion family and LifeChurch.tv’s newly formed Digerati Church to Church Team more LifeChurch.tv resources for your church – and yes it’s all free

Aug 28, 2012

Jason Caston is Internet Church Developer at The Potter’s House / T.D. Jakes Ministries and author of The iChurch Method, among a number of other titles and accomplishments. On this episode of the Social Media Church, listen to how he got into social media, how The Potter’s House incorporates social media and streaming media, who really does the Twittering on Bishop T.D. Jakes‘ Twitter account, and more.

Show Notes

Connect with Jason Caston on Twitter @jasoncaston and at iChurchMethod.com

Jason’s book, The iChurch Method: How to Advance Your Ministry Online (self-published)

The Potter’s House (Dallas, Texas) / T.D. Jakes Ministries

The Potter’s House Internet Church

watch raw video of this conversation with DJ Chuang + Jason Caston

Jason is quoted in this KDAF-TV news video, Tweeting in Church, iPad Bibles Now Common For Worship: North Texas, Nation’s Churches Go High Tech To Reach Congregations (4/23/12):

At the Potter’s House in Dallas it’s Jason Caston’s job to stay on top of trends.

“Basically my job is to take whatever new technology is out there, and for the most part they`re very low cost, and make sure the ministry is able to utilize them,” said Potter`s House Social Media & Mobile Developer Jason Caston.

The Potter’s House uses Facebook, Twitter and even Pinterest to connect with its congregation. They also stream services live on iPhone, iPad and android.

“We have our first app coming down the line for the Pastors and Leaders conference that`s coming up in about two weeks and then after that we`ll have your TDJakes.org app and then your Potter`s House app,” said Caston.

#article: Twittering in Church, with the Pastor’s O.K. (Time magazine, May 2009) spotlighted 4 churches that are using Twitter as a part of their worship services

And, I’d mention Cross Point Church (crosspoint.tv, Nashville, Tennessee) as one of the most social media active churches I’ve seen

Aug 21, 2012

On this episode of Social Media Church, DJ Chuang talks with Bryce Ashlin-Mayo, who is doing doctoral studies on the effects of information technology and social media on preaching. Since he is studying this topic in-depth, a podcast episode can only begin to the scratch the surface on the many issues to explore and consider with regards to making preaching (and teaching) more effective in the world we live in that’s saturated with social media. Bryce noted how times have changed drastically, and preaching, not so much:

Most pastors, including myself, have a tendency to enter the homiletic act with presuppositions based on former questions, presuppositions and assumptions. These questions, presumptions and assumptions were designed and based on a culture and society that once was, rather than now is. I think this tendency is largely due to an ignorance regarding the seismic change that is occurring culturally around us. This change is ubiquitous and will effect everything – including preaching. — via Preaching in the “Age of Anxiety”

Show Notes

Bryce Ashlin-Mayo’s blog, on Twitter @BryceAshlinMayo, Facebook facebook.com/bryceashlinmayo

watch raw unedited video of this conversation – Bryce Ashlin-Mayo and DJ Chuang

Parkview Alliance Church

George Fox Seminary

Mobiquity: A Semiotic Analysis of Google Glass (part 1 of 3)part 2 of 3, and part 3 of 3

Aug 14, 2012

On this episode of Social Media Church, you’ll hear from  Jason Morris, the Online Campus Pastor of Westside Family Church. The featured audio is a portion of the live recording from the Advanced Social Media workshop at the National Worship Leader Conference (NWLC 2012) in Kansas City. Outstanding creative ideas include: gamification, making volunteering crazy fun, involving underage kids, making room in the physical campus lobby for the online campus, using beer and mint for communion, and so much more!

Show Notes

Jason Morris – blog, Twitter @jasonandmaria, Facebook facebook.com/jcmorris

Westside Family Church in Lenexa, Kansas, and its Online Campus, powered by the Church Online platform

National Worship Leader Conference in California, October 9-11, 2012 @ Escondido (North San Diego) worshipleader.com/nwlcca

Google Voice google.com/voice

Bonus: Read about Jason’s use of Google AdWords, $10k worth of ads for FREE to churches – Church Using Free Google Ads to Transform Internet Campus via Leadership Network

Aug 7, 2012

Social Media Church features on this episode the back story of how LifeChurch.tv started its Internet Campus (now called Church Online). Brandon Donaldson shared the story on a November 2008 Leadership Network webinar, A Closer Look at Internet Campuses. Brandon started as LifeChurch.tv’s Internet Campus Pastor in 2005, launched it in April 2006, and continued in that role through mid-2011, when Alan George took on the role.

I’ve excerpted just the relevant portions from the webinar audio pertaining to LifeChurch.tv and included the Q&A relating to LifeChurch.tv. (The full webinar also had a presentation about Flamingo Road Church’s Internet Campus, now known as Potential Church.)

At the time of this episode’s publishing, there are less than 100 U.S. churches with Internet campuses. Hearing this back story can be most helpful for the other 300,000+ churches to develop their use of social media and the Internet to extend their ministries.

Show Notes

A Closer Look at Internet Campuses – watch video of entire webinar and webinar show notes

LifeChurch.tv ‘s Church Online now runs 51 online worship experiences every week, and has since launched its Church Online Platformfor free so your church can run its own online worship experience too

DJ Chuang’s List of Churches with Internet Campuses or Livestreams

 

Jul 31, 2012

Social Media Church chats with the first female Internet Campus Pastor Bernadine Young of Family Life Church. She lives in Houston, Texas, and Family Life Church is physically in Brunswick, Georgia, possibly foreshadowing of an emerging trend for how church leaders can work together from remote locations.

Show Notes

Jul 24, 2012

Social Media Church connects with Nathan Castleberry for a conversation about being deputized as the second Internet Campus Pastor at Potential Church, a multi-site church that started in Cooper City, Florida. Potential Church was formerly known as Flamingo Road Church, and launched an Internet Campus to hold worship online back in 2007.

Show Notes

Jul 17, 2012

On this episode of Social Media Church, I, DJ Chuang, roundup some things I’ve seen recently that point to what the future of the Internet church could look like. I think it’s still too early to call, but there are models beginning to take shape. Segments on this episode: my response to a couple of articles about how social media might shape the church, examples of network churches (organizational churches resourcing organic churches), Internet evangelism, and using Google+ Hangout on Air for online ministry.

Show notes:

Jul 10, 2012
At one of the earliest churches to have an Internet Campus, Seacoast Church, is Seth Farrior. On this episode, hear Seth tell about what prepared him to host online worship experiences, how Seacoast makes their Internet Campus carry the same ministry values as its physical campuses, and what they’re exploring next.

Plus, Seth shares the back story that’s led to the launch of a new conference for church leaders that are doing online ministry or thinking of doing

Connect with Seth Farrior on Twitter @sethfarrior and Facebook

Connect with 100s of church leaders at the iMinistry 2012 conference in Dallas, Texas, October 10-11, 2012

Watch raw unedited video of this conversation with Seth Farrior and DJ Chuang

Articles for discussion on an upcoming episode:

Jul 3, 2012

This extended episode of Social Media Church with Vince Marotte covers considerable new ground. Vince Marotte is the Internet Pastor at Gateway Church (Austin, Texas) and authored an e-book titled “Context and Voice: communication design in our new media culture.” Vince unpacks his church’s online ministry philosophy, its integration of various technologies for a customized experience, and his rethinking new forms of church that’s contextualized in an Internet-connected culture.

Jun 26, 2012

Social Media Church’s DJ Chuang talks with Marc Payan, a lay pastor with Christian Tabernacle in Santa Ana, California. Marc shares practical ways that their pastoral team keeps a pulse on what’s happening in the lives of its church members via Facebook, how they’re using Soundcloud to spread the Word, developing livestream video of worship services, incorporating leadership development, and more

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