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The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church Kindle Edition

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A compendium of every thing, every term, and almost every insight anyone could ever need or want for effectively integrating social media with God's business in His Church,Definitive-ish is also conversational, personal and pure pleasure to read. - Phyllis Tickle, Author, The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why and Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters

About the Author

Bruce Reyes-Chow is a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), a technophile, and an active and prolific user of social media. He is keenly interested in social media as a force of cultural change both within and outside the church, and frequently writes about these topics as a blogger for Patheos, The Huffington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Reyes-Chow pastored Mission Bay Presbyterian Church in San Francisco for eleven years and served as Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He lives in San Francisco with his wife and three daughters.

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  • File Size: 931 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Shook Foil Books (June 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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A 3rd Generation Chinese/Filipino, armchair sociologist, and technology enthusiast Bruce speaks and teaches on faith, race, parenting, and technology in a variety contexts from seminaries to conferences to congregations to pre-schools. While he speaks to both religious and secular audiences, he committed to living and expressing a Christian faith that is beautifully complex, unimaginably just and excruciatingly gracious.

He is the host of the webshow BRC and Friends and is a Coach and Senior Consultant with the Center of Progressive Renewal. He is the author of three books, The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church (Shookfoil Books, 2012) and "But I Don't See You as Asian: Curating Conversations about Race" (2013), "40 Days, 40, Prayers, 40 Words: Lenten Reflections for Everyday Life" (WJK Press, 2016) and is in the process of co-writing a parenting book with his wife, "Don't be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children." (est Dec, 2015).

Bruce has been a Presbyterian pastor for nearly 20 years and founded Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco, a church of young, multicultural and progressive Presbyterians. In 2008 he was the youngest person ever elected as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the highest elected office of the 1.8 million member denomination. Bruce received his BA in Asian American Studies, Philosophy and Sociology from San Francisco State University (1991), MA from San Francisco Theological Seminary (1995) and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Austin College (2010).

Bruce currently lives in San Francisco with is wife, three daughters, and two canines. He spends much of his me time cheering on the Oakland Athletics Baseball Team, taking no mercy on his daughters while playing settlers of Catan, and trying not to be one of "those parents" on the soccer sidelines -- oh and he power naps are a spiritual experience. You can find connect with Bruce via @breyeschow on most social networks, visit his blog, and see what others say about him on wikipedia.

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Are you confused about hashtags, tweets and status updates? This book does a great job providing an introduction to facebook, twitter, and so many other platforms available today, as well as how they can be used in the church. You'll find some more useful than others, depending on the needs of your church, but it will be helpful to know what's out there and what it can do, and being aware of these tools will open your worldview and enable you to connect with others in your congregation who are using them.

No matter who you are and what size church you serve, you'll find something of value for your ministry in this book.
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I found this book quite helpful. I do our church's website and constantly there is a battle, er, holy discussion, about what should be on the homepage etc. Not everything can FIT! Nor should it. Websites should be simple, inviting, informative about who you are, how to come to the church, and it should be very easy to navigate to find basic information IMHO. It is fairly static. It cannot substitute for other media communication tools. Kvetching aside, I had no other answers to offer the homepage crowders, to fix their very real needs.

This book lays out a practical plan to follow for many kinds of church missions, relates the author's own experiences, the pitfalls, but most of all, tells how to do it well. It is very clear, I think others who know nothing about this, will be more inclined to branch out with some success. I like the tools he mentions for volunteering and queries. Bruce's ideas (I feel I am on a first-name basis now) for newsletters, how to "do" Facebook well, taught me a new way to use these. I confess, I am still not sold on Twitter, but, as Bruce says, lots of people use it, so find someone who wants to take that on. THANK YOU. This is a huge help. And he put to rest my argument, "How many people would this actually reach anyway? All this energy on posting, and who looks at it?"

In the future updates (he plans to update yearly to keep this viable) I would like to see more in the Glossary and again, more on Twitter. Perhaps some simple illustrations of some of the things discussed would help (screen shots). How it looks to RT, @ and #. You have got me stoked to go to my long dormant Twitter account and see how people do it. Or maybe it is on YouTube somewhere...

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From my blog:

How can my church effectively use social media? Which social media services should my church use? Aren't we opening our congregation up to abuse if we venture into social media?

I've been blogging for seven years and because of that, I frequently get questions like these from pastors and congregation leaders. I can offer some help but social media can be used in many creative ways. I've never focused on social media's application for a congregation so my input has always been incomplete. But now I have definitive-ish solution, or at least a starting place, for congregations that want to fully engage with social media.

Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow wrote a book earlier this year, "The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church." Bruce was a church planter and a pastor. He also is also a past moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). But most importantly, Bruce has been an avid user of social media as pastor in the congregational setting.

The book begins with Bruce highlighting culture shifts that have reshaped the way we communicate and connect. He writes about the spirituality of social media, but also the inherent dangers, offering insights on how to navigate this new world.

As a starting place, Bruce recommends five social media tools:

Google Docs

I use all five of these. Maybe you do too. But what was helpful for me was Bruce showing particular ways these tools can be helpful in the life of a congregation. He raised several ideas I hadn't given much consideration. For instance, I use Yelp to look up stuff all the time. What are people saying about your congregation at Yelp?
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I am a mid-career pastor who has been left in the dust by the social media revolution. And I know that I need to catch up.
Enter this book on social media and the church by Bruce Reyes-Chow. One strength of the book is that Bruce expounds the "why's" as well as the "what's." He examines the cultural shifts which have led to the boom in social media. So if a church leader learns how to use social media, that is only half of the battle. THe other half is understanding how culture has changed - specifically, and probably most threateningly, the shift in the perception of the nature of truth. A greater challenge than learning the nuts-and-bolts of social media is to dance the pastoral dance between generations of the church in embodying and exemplifying these cultural shifts.
Bruce lays out the pros and cons of the church using social media, including SM's spirituality. The spirituality section seems a little bit forced/shallow to me, but it is a good introductory treatment.
He examines potential uses of SM in the church from two directions. He looks at the specific SM venue and brainstorms the potential ministry use, and he looks at ministry areas, and discusses which SM might be applicable.
All in all, this is a good introduction and warrants study. If you are a church leader who has been left in the dust, it's worth your while to set aside a few days, get a copy of this book, your electronic gadgets, and an older teen from your community (who will train you).
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