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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 Websites that were once useful and efficient are now outdated (remember MySpace?).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.

Show Notes

Apr 8, 2014

Nils Smith is Innovation Pastor at Community Bible Church (San Antonio, TX) and its online campus OnlineChurch.com. Nils stops by the Social Media Church podcast to talk about creating online worship experiences specifically and exclusively for their online campus, how they do ministry effectively on Facebook, why they allow online members, the incredible ministry opportunity for online church, the launching of OnlineChurchLeaders.com, and more.

Show Notes

OnlineChurchLeaders.com – an upcoming network for free resources to launching and running an online church

Connect with Nils Smith on Twitter @NilsSmith + his blog NilsSmith.com

#podcast Episode 2: Social Media Church with Nils Smith

#book The Social Media Guide for Ministry: What it is and How to use it by Nils Smith

Apr 1, 2014

Wes O’Haire is a web/ux designer by day and an active member at Higher Vision Church (Valencia, California). Wes launched a blog for online church campuses at LiveCampus.io to share resources and insights he found about doing ministry online. On this episode of Social Media Church, he shares about how his church uses social media, his church’s online campus, and anticipating how ministry must change when there’s more people online than in-person.

Show Notes

Connect with Wes O’Haire on Twitter @LiveCampusIO and @wesohaire

LiveCampus.io – The Blog For Online Church Campuses

see the website of Higher Vision Church and how it puts the most frequently used church info at the upper right corner of its web pages = social links, phone number, location, service times

Take a look at High Vision’s Facebook photo stream for great examples and inspiration

Mar 25, 2014

Jed Davis is an avid blogger that I found serendipitously while making my rounds on the blogosphere. What caught my attention was his free eBook titled “The Social Media Guide for Churches: What You Need to Know and Why You Need to Know It”. We connected up and had a quick conversation on this episode of Social Media Church, about his eBook, his work as a church consultant, and how he manages social media.

Show Notes

Connect with Jed Davis on Twitter @thisjed + Facebook facebook.com/thisjed
+ blog thisjed.com

#ebook The Social Media Guide for Churches: What You Need to Know and Why You Need to Know It #free

#blog #post Let’s Take A Look Behind My Motives

Mar 18, 2014

Peter McGowan (of Media Social and Plain Joe Studios) sat down with DJ Chuang for an lively conversation about church and culture on this episode of Social Media Church. We covered topics like stewardship, creativity, storytelling, social media engagement, online church, innovation, divergent thinking, long-term projects, leading culture, the human condition, and much more. This is the most important anddisruptive episode ever recorded to date.

Announcement: This episode marks a special occasion as Social Media Church launches its new partnership with Leadership Network to cross-post these conversations with church leaders about social media at the Leadership Network blog! Thank you Leadership Network for lending your platform to spread the innovative ideas emanating from the conversations here at the Social Media Church podcast. And a warm welcome to all the new listeners! 

Show Notes

Connect with Peter McGowan at fb.com/plainjoe

Plain Joe Studios –  communication design group experienced in strategic ideation, interactive media, and environmental design

Media Social – a Facebook App that provides a broadcast social TV Channel through the internet

OnlineChurch.com, the Internet campus of Community Bible Church (San Antonio, Texas), powered by MediaSocial.tv

Online Campus of Granger Community Church (Granger, Indiana), powered by MediaSocial.tv

#article Lego Boosts Sales And Brand Loyalty With Revamped Marketing Strategy (going from $1 billion in debt to $14.6 billion in a decade)

 

Mar 10, 2014

Van Baird launched Relational Equity to help cultivate meaningful relationships through social media, though he’d prefer to use the word media instead of social media. He explains why on this episode of Social Media Church; we also talk about how to listen well, show love, and tips for launching a podcast.

Show Notes

Connect with Van Baird on Twitter @vanbaird

Van Baird’s podcast is recorded on internet radio businessradiox.com + the show is called Emerging Enterprise + the first episode is posted

March 13th (2014) in Atlanta GA – SocialEcclesia micro-conference is a one-day event where church leaders “will learn best practices, balance, strategy and how to fully utilize modern tools which can be used to advance our mission in Christ” – follow their tweets #SocialEcclesia

#video Another Perspective on #Ashtag Selfies – Matt Kilmurry of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)’s Department of Communications

#article Questions and answers about Ash Wednesday (RNS)

Ashes To Go ashestogo.org – taking worship to the streets

Feb 25, 2014

Kent Shaffer is the founder of ChurchRelevance.com and OpenChurch.com. Kent met up with me (DJ Chuang) in-person during his road trip through Orange County, California and we sat down to talk about how he got into social media, his spiritual life and dynamic journey in recent years, going from LifeChurch.tv to an inner city missional community, his nomadic lifestyle with a young family on the road in an RV, how to best understand the top churches lists that he curates, how sermons are like lifehacks, church communications, and of course we talk about how churches are using social media.

Show Notes

Connect with Kent Shaffer on Facebook facebook.com/kentshaffer + LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/kentshaffer

ChurchRelevance.com (resources and lists for creating relevant & effective ministries)

OpenChurch.com – free downloadable resources + ideas from the global church, helping disciples of Jesus collaborate, learn from each other, and share resources

#list Top 200 Ministry Blogs (as of 9/2013), in which DJ Chuang is #83

#list Top Ranked Churches in America (in the areas of church growth, size, innovation, church planting, influence, and overall)

#list 108 Great Church Logos

#list 40 Great Church Websites of 2013

Church Conference Calendar List (@ churchrelevance.com)

The Big List of Theological Seminaries, with sortable info by denomination, tuition cost, and location

 

Feb 18, 2014

Clint Schnekloth wrote this new book titled, “Mediating Faith: Faith Formation in a Trans-media Era“, and is lead pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Fayetteville, Arkansas). He joined the Social Media Church podcast for a conversation about the back story of his new book, how social media is used in his church community, and his experience of joining others for worship in the virtual world of Second Life, and, of course, we do talk about the book too.

Show Notes

Connect with Clint Schnekloth at http://ClintSchnekloth.com + on Twitter @Schnekloth + on Facebook fb.com/Schnekloth+ his blog http://lutheranconfessions.blogspot.com

#post 11 Reasons I’m Proud to Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

#transcript Interview — Mediating Faith: Faith Formation in a Trans-media Era by Clint Schnekloth on the #chsocm blog by Meredith Gould

#podcast Meredith Gould of #ChSocM : Episode 30 @ Social Media Church

#video Interview with Clint by Abigail Letsinger

#interview Fortress Press Author Q&A for Mediating Faith

#meme #bookselfies #mediatingfaith – photos of people with the Mediating Faith book

Feb 10, 2014

Social Media Church has a lively conversation with Justin Wise, author of a brand new book, The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication, just released 1 week ago and the print edition was already sold out on day 1 and it is still temporarily out of stock. But good thing the Kindle edition never runs out and you can buy it instantly! Get the back story of how the authoring and publishing experience went for Justin, how they decided to focus the book’s big idea on the “why to” rather than the “how to”, how Justin is training and coaching churches and entrepreneurs to be more effective with social media, and listen for the special offer for Social Media Church listeners. By the way, Justin Wise is currently a professional social media strategist, based in Des Moines, Iowa, a city that he’s very proud of.

Show Notes

Connect with Justin Wise at justinwise.net and on Twitter @JustinWise

#podcast Justin Wise: Episode 33 of Social Media Church (prequel to authoring the book) goodies from Justin Wise:

#video [raw recording session] Google+ Hangout on Air with Justin Wise for this very episode

#video #SocialChurchBook Hangout – book launch day Google+ Hangout with Justin Wise and Clark Campbell

#post Vision is Viral: Talking Social Media & Church with Justin Wise (churchmarketingsucks.com)

#review of The Social Church – Kevin Hendricks (churchmarketingsucks.com)

#post Social Media: Another Greeter for Your Church by Jane Halton

#mentioned Scott Stratten @unmarketing of unmarketing.com

Feb 4, 2014

On this special episode of the Social Media Church podcast, listen to keen insights from Brandon Cox — church planter, social media enthusiast, and author of a new book, REWIRED: How Using Today’s Technology Can Bring You Back to Deeper Relationships, Real Conversations, and Powerful Ways to Share God’s Love. Recorded before a live online audience via Google+ Hangout on Air.

Show Notes

Brandon Cox is Pastor of Grace Hills Church in northwest Arkansas

Connect with Brandon Cox on Twitter @brandonacox + on Facebook facebook.com/pastorbrandoncox +brandonacox.com

#book Rewired: How Using Today’s Technology Can Bring You Back to Deeper Relationships, Real Conversations, and Powerful Ways to Share God’s Love by Brandon Cox

Rewired book website is rewiredbook.com + on Facebook facebook.com/rewiredbook + on Twitter @RewiredBook

#list The Ultimate List of Social Media Policies for Churches & Ministries #resource

#book The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication by Justin Wise #mentioned

Social media management dashboards #mentioned: BufferHootsuiteTweetdeck

#video [raw] Social Media Church Live with Brandon Cox

Jan 27, 2014

Mei Ling Starkey is the Media Relations/Social Media Director at The Rock Church in San Diego, California, founded & led by Pastor Miles McPherson. She connected with us on the Social Media Church podcast while en route between one thing and another; we talk about Rock Church’s approach to communicating through social media, how to integrate volunteers into the flow of their church’s social media, engaging people on their online campus, a newly-launched video devotional app, and more.

Show Notes

Connect with Mei Ling Starkey on Twitter @mlstarkey

The Rock Church is on Twitter @therocksandiego, Facebook fb.com/therocksandiego, Instagram instagram.com/therocksandiego, YouTube youtube.com/therocksandiego

Rock Live – Watch The Rock Church services live online

Miles A Minute – The 60 Second Daily Video Devotional app – Every day for a year with Miles McPherson

#new Real-time dashboard of the most popular church Facebook pages

Jan 20, 2014

DJ Chuang pontificates on where to get content for feeding social media, Christian podcasts produced for podcast listeners, and what every church website needs to make plain and simple. More importantly, he wants to hear from you! Call 949-354-3216 and leave a message with your feedback or email me@socialmediachurch.net with your burning question.

Show Notes

#blog post by Josh Burns – Your Church’s Problem in Social Media

Josh Burns was featured on Episode 21 of Social Media Church; Josh is Director of Web & Social Media at Park Community Church (Chicago, IL)

browse the Christian Podcast Directory at SocialMediaChurch.net

#post Mapping out a DC Christmas Tour 2013

Jan 14, 2014

Pete Mitchell and Peyton Jones together publish the Church Planter Magazine and host the Church Planter podcast – both are great resources by church planters for church planters. How they do all that they do I don’t know, but they made time to talk for this episode of Social Media Church podcast, and how social media and texting work for church plants and connecting with the next generation.

Show Notes

Read + Subscribe to Church Planter Magazine, a free digital publication, and the Church Planter podcast

Connect with Pete Mitchell on Twitter Bustoutbigguns (Pete Mitchell is the Chief Marketing Mercenary at Big Guns Marketing) and publisher of the Church Planter Magazine and the Church Planter podcast

Connect with Peyton Jones on Twitter @PeytonJonesPunk (Peyton Jones is team leader of Refuge Long Beach and founding coach ofNew Breed Church Planting UK/USA. He also authored the book Church Zero: Raising 1st Century Churches out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church.)

#church Refuge Long Beach on web refugelongbeach.com, on Twitter @RefugeLongBeach, on Facebookfacebook.com/RefugeLongBeach

#video raw recording of this video conversation – this extended recording also includes Peyton’s answer to the question “So who is Jesus Christ? Is He the son of God or is he God in the flesh?” and the recording for Church Planter Podcast episode #34: the one about social media with DJ Chuang

#article Why church planters must use social media by DJ Chuang

Jan 2, 2014

Jason Curlee is a campus pastor at Bay Area Fellowship (Corpus Christi, TX) at their Kingsville Campus and also launching out as a social media coach to train church leaders & small businesses to use social media more effectively. On this episode of Social Media Church, hear how their church is using social media, how he reached over 1 million impressions in a week, and listen for an exclusive $20 discount for one of his online courses, just for Social Media Church listeners. According to Jason’s bio, “With over 7,000 followers on his twitter, to over 100,000 views on his youtube account, to 2,500 friends on his personal facebook, he’s learned how to utilize various social media platforms to help others achieve the life they dream.” 

Show Notes

Connect with Jason Curlee on Twitter @jasoncurlee + his blog jasoncurlee.me

Take a look at his campus’ Facebook page facebook.com/bafkingsville and his church’s Facebook page facebook.com/bafchurch to see how they post engaging content 

#article Can The Church and Social Media Exist Together by Jason Curlee

Jason Curlee’s Facebook Boot Camp (14-day online course + coaching) and Social Media Boot Camp To Startup Your Business (28-day online course + coaching)

#video raw recording of DJ Chuang’s conversation with Jason Curlee, via Google+ Hangout on Air

Dec 25, 2013

‘Twas the night before Christmas and I had some extra time during holiday vacation to launch a Christian Podcast Directory. Yes, consider it my Christmas gift for you listeners of the Social Media Church podcast.

I squeezed in recording this shorter episode while in transit during holiday travels, so it’s kinda like a soundseeing tour, except where I was going had nothing to do with the topic of this episode.

Thanks for sharing a few holiday minutes with me, and I hope to be having more good conversations here in the new year! Call our listener voicemail # 949-354-3216 and leave a message to join the conversation!

Show Notes

Church Podcast Directory – just launched for Christmas 2013 #MerryChristmas- intentionally only listing podcasts that are produced specifically for a podcast listening audience, not for sermons or syndication of radio or TV shows (because podcasting is better for on-going conversations than one-way broadcasting)

#article Can The Church and Social Media Exist Together by Jason Curlee

Connect with Jason Curlee on Twitter @jasoncurlee + his blog jasoncurlee.me

Intro + Outro music courtesy of Gene Gajewski via Soundcloud: O TannenbaumChristmas Is Coming

Dec 17, 2013

This live recording of Social Media Church podcast features a conversation with Jason Morris, Innovation and Technology Pastor, of Westside Family Church (Kansas City). We talk about how Westside made its decision for launching an online campus, what they’ve learned during the past 3 years of doing ministry online, how they’re innovating, and the 3 burning questions that every church has to (eventually) answer about doing church online.

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; Westside’s YouTube channel youtube.com/user/westsidefamilychurch

#article Westside’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

Christmas music on the outro: Saxaphone by Delton Hanley, Living Christmas Tree 2004 from  Seaview Full Gospel Church (ht: hermann-uwe.de’s list of Creative Commons Christmas Songs)

#raw #video live recording of this episode with DJ Chuang and Jason Morris

#podcast Social Media Church Episode 11, also with Jason Morris

#article Churches take to YouTube, Instagram to spread holiday gospel (Reuters, 12/16/13) ~ mentions Social Media Church podcast, Kenny Jahng (on Social Media Church episode #1) of Liquid Church and Jay Kranda (on Social Media Church episode #19) of Saddleback Church

#research Interview Transcript – Westside Family Church: Jason Morris and Brad Mann (pdf) —  This interview was conducted in 2013 and features Brad Mann, the Speedway Campus Pastor, and Jason Morris, the Online Campus Pastor.  Together, Mann and Morris have been instrumental partners in establishing Westside’s multi-site operations.  Interview questions primarily focus upon the logistics of shifting an independent single-site church into a multi-site church, and how each of Westside Family’s current campuses function (including the Lansing Campus).  The end of the interview focuses upon Morris and his role with the Online Campus–a new, if not cutting edge, approach to running a church in an age with incredible technological capabilities. [citation] Stratton, Emily., “Organic. Authentic. Relevant.(An Introduction to Church Planting in Kansas),” Religion in Kansas Project, accessed December 17, 2013,http://ksreligion.omeka.net/items/show/1011.

Dec 3, 2013

This episode of Social Media Church features a conversation with Dusty Craig, the Lead Pastor of WC Online. WC Online is the online campus for White’s Chapel UMC (Southlake, TX). We talk about how the church decided to launch its online campus, hear about their strategy, what they’ve learned during the past few years, and discuss the timely topic of the UMC moratorium of online sacraments, since they’re 1 of 3 United Methodist churches that run an Online Campus, with the 4th one being Central United Methodist Church (Concord, NC) that’ll launch end of this year. There are certainly other UMC’s with livestream video of their worship services, and if there are other UMC’s with Online Campuses, please do let us know + add a comment here. Oh, I did find one more: Engage Online, an online campus ofNorth Naples United Methodist Church in Florida.

Show Notes

Connect with Dusty Craig on Twitter @dustycraig and his blog dustycraig.com
WC Online wconline.tv + on Facebook facebook.com/whiteschapelonline

White’s Chapel UMC on Facebook facebook.com/whiteschapelumc + on Pinterest pinterest.com/whiteschapelumc

Moratorium, study urged on online communion and Should churches offer Holy Communion online? (UMNS)

#article COB and Wall Street Journal take on online communion (The United Methodist Reporter)

#article Church’s Online Communion: Sacrament or Sacrilege? North Carolina Church’s Virtual Plans Run Afoul of the United Methodist Hierarchy (Wall Street Journal 11/15/13)

#article Online Communion? Methodist Church Debates Offering Virtual Service (Huffington Post, via RNS’s “Can online Communion be a substitute for the real thing?”)

What About Online Church Communion? (churchm.ag) – #video of Eric Dye and Kenny Jahng talking about Online Church Communion

Drone Communion actually solves the problems with Online Communion (HackingChristianity.net)

Online Communion is “For Real” (URLoved)

Online Communion: Is It Cutting-Edge or Heretical? (Phil Cooke)

Cyber Worship and Online Communion” (The Outlaw Monk, a Lutheran member’s perspective on this matter

Book Review: The Churching of America 1776—2005: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy by Roger Finke and Rodney Stark (2005)

“Churches grew in the early years of the country due to the aggressive and tireless work of fervent devotees. Examples of this would include the rise of Methodism and the Baptists through itinerant preachers, revival meetings, camp meetings, tent meetings, public prayer meetings and interior missions groups. This was truly an evangelistic effort focused on winning souls for Christ and it had an enormous impact on the landscape of the society.”

#podcast A Blast from the Past — Methocast with Leo Laporte (Jay Voorhees)

Nov 19, 2013

David Housholder is a Lutheran pastor at Robinwood Church in Huntington Beach, California, and on this episode of the Social Media Church podcast, host DJ Chuang sat down with David to talk about how his church has strengthen relationships through a Facebook group, how social media is changing the organization and institution of the church, and more.

Show Notes

Connect with David Housholder on Twitter @LibertyHous + at davidhousholder.com + his Life & Liberty podcast

Blackberry Bush – online course designed to serve the evangelism and discipleship of normal-sized churches

Think Digital Academy, an online course for organizations to learn how to effectively use social media, by Justin Wise, who was on Social Media Church episode #33

Nov 4, 2013

Dr. Lawrence Terlizzese is a research associate with Probe Ministries. Dr. Terlizzese’s recent commentary on the social media revolution gives us insights on how we communicate today and the contrast from traditional media. Thanks to Probe Ministries for permission to post the audio commentary on this Social Media Church podcast episode.

Show Notes

#article The Church and the Social Media Revolution by Dr. Lawrence Terlizzese

Probe Ministries produces content and programs “to integrate faith and learning through balanced, biblically based scholarship, training people to love God by renewing their minds and equipping the Church to engage the world for Christ.”

Connect with Probe Ministries on Twitter @ProbeMinistries and on Facebook facebook.com/probe.ministries

Oct 21, 2013

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.

Get a free account at COPY.com to upload your audio file submissions as a guest host of Social Media Church podcast – our email isme@socialmediachurch.net

Oct 3, 2013

Josh Turansky is Director of Online Strategies for CalvaryChapel.com and an Assistant Pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (California). Josh spoke at the Calvary Chapel Senior Pastor’s Conference 2012 and shared some keen insights about Calvary Chapel as a movement and tribe along with how to pastorally engage on social media. He addresses the most common concerns and makes the case for engaging the culture through new technology. Special thanks to Josh Turansky for permission to excerpt the audio of his presentation.

To skip the introductory statistics and go right to the meat of Josh’s presentation, fast forward to 25:40.

This Social Media Church podcast episode is perfect for pastors you know that need encouragement and motivation to get on and/or stay actively engaged on social media. Start with the why, it’s the first step, and this episode is it. So share this podcast generously and freely. Freely share as you have freely received.

Show Notes

Connect with Josh Turansky via Twitter @JoshTuransky and his website joshturansky.com

#presentation Social Media and the Church (PDF) – slides by Josh Turansky

#video Social Media and the Church – presentation by Josh Turansky

#article 9 Ways to Keep Up with Calvary Chapel News – how Josh stays connected with what’s going on

An Open Letter to Pastors About Social Media (Darrel Girardier)

An Open Letter to Pastors About the Dangers of Using Social Media (Bruce Reyes-Chow) and a response from David Hansen: Get Out of the Garage

Getting Started in Social Media: A How-To for Pastors and Ministry Leaders by Ed Stetzer

#article 7 Things Every Pastor Should Do Every Week on Social Media (Rich Birch, ChurchLeaders.com)

#article 5 Reasons It’s More Important for Pastors to Use Social Media Than Churches (Rich Birch, VisionRoom.com)

#article Why Pastors Should Use Social Media (Chad Graves of Pauline Baptist Church)

#video Should pastors use social media? – Excerpt from an episode of The Exchange, where Ed Stetzer talks with Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources; full episode with Thom Rainer on Leadership

#article Chuck Smith, 86, Dies After Cancer Battle: Renowned California pastor founded Calvary Chapel movement. (Christianity Today)

#article Chuck Smith Has Died: Some Thoughts on the Amazing Life of Chuck and the Improbable Story of Calvary Chapel in Memoriam by Ed Stetzer

Sep 24, 2013

The Internet as we know it will be history and exciting changes are coming in the next 2 years. An estimated 700+ top-level domains (TLD) will be launching, like .SHOP, .WEB, .HOTEL, .MENU, and many many more.

One TLD of particular interest is .BIBLE, and when that launches, people could get domain names like PREACHING.BIBLE, STUDY.BIBLE or SOCIALMEDIA.BIBLE. Full disclosure: I, DJ Chuang, work with American Bible Society and the .BIBLE Registry.

 

On this episode of Social Media Church, I’ve invited 2 key members of the .BIBLE Registry launch team from theAmerican Bible SocietyJohn Mark Mitchell (Director of Digital Innovation) and Scott Wennermark (Director, Strategic Advancement) to share the back story of how this came about, how the Internet will be changed forever, answer commonly-asked questions, and how you can participate in this opportunity to shape the future of the Internet. (Note: John Mark Mitchell had a new title change soon after post-production.)

Show Notes

Pre-register .BIBLE domain names for free and with no obligation at BibleTLD.org

Sign-up for the free email newsletter to stay informed about the .BIBLE launch

Like the Facebook page for Bible TLD at facebook.com/bibletld

#video What is .BIBLE? (explained in 2 minutes)

#article Washington Post on New gTLD’s: Com Was The Training Wheels For The Internet: Move aside .com

#article Newly OK’d domains make .com look so 1999

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Sep 18, 2013

Mark MacDonald is Creative Brand Strategist at BeKnownForSomething.com and soon-to-be Communications Director at Community of Faith near Houston, Texas. Mark explains on Social Media Church why church communications is so important and essential, what makes it challenging, the back story behind the world’s biggest Easter Egg Hunt, how to take the sting out of loaded words like “entertainment” and “marketing,” and how social media is so broad too. Also an overview of how the Certification Lab they’re launching next month will help churches become well-equipped for communicating effectively. The topic of church communication is so large, and we only touched on a bit of social media, but we did get into the essence of communication, that is, identifying the essence and unique distinction of your church community. And then church communications is using your creativity, how to communicate so it gets remembered, and the role of leadership.

Show Notes

Connect with Mark MacDonald on Twitter @markmac1023 and at BeKnownForSomething.com

Certification Lab is 2-day intensive on church communications, hosted by the Center for Church Communications, better known for its Church Marketing Sucks blog. October 14-15, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. Listen to this episode for a special code to get $50 off!

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