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The Blogging Church Paperback – January 22, 2007
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"Brian Bailey makes two things crystal clear in this book: if you've got a church, then you need to spread your story. And if you need to spread your story, blogs are now an essential tool. Time to pay attention!" ?Seth Godin, author, Small Is the New Big "I had a lot of questions about blogs and their value for my church. I'm thankful that Brian and Terry are sharing their experiences to answer those questions. Their insights are for everyone in ministry. Whether you are reading blogs, writing blogs, or just trying to figure out how to use the word in a sentence, this book is for you." ?Mark Beeson, senior pastor, Granger Community Church "My talking head is limited to the pulpit proper. I thank God that there's a tool to reach outside the church, to those that are, sadly, outside the church. Thank you Brian and Terry for The Blogging Church." ?Bob Coy, senior pastor, Calvary Chapel, Ft. Lauderdale
"Brian Bailey makes two things crystal clear in this book: if you've got a church, then you need to spread your story. And if you need to spread your story, blogs are now an essential tool. Time to pay attention!"
—Seth Godin, author, Small Is the New Big
"I had a lot of questions about blogs and their value for my church. I'm thankful that Brian and Terry are sharing their experiences to answer those questions. Their insights are for everyone in ministry. Whether you are reading blogs, writing blogs, or just trying to figure out how to use the word in a sentence, this book is for you."
—Mark Beeson, senior pastor, Granger Community Church
"My talking head is limited to the pulpit proper. I thank God that there's a tool to reach outside the church, to those that are, sadly, outside the church. Thank you Brian and Terry for The Blogging Church."
—Bob Coy, senior pastor, Calvary Chapel, Ft. Lauderdale
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If you are wanting to start a blog, this book is "one-stop-shopping" offering everything you need to know. If you are a veteran blogger, you'll be encouraged and pick up valuable tips. Stop thinking about it. Read this book and start blogging now!
If you are thinking about blogging, as a church or as an individual Christian, this is an excellent place to start.
In the book, Bailey asks and answers the following questions:
What is a blog, and should I have one?
Should my church have a blog?
How do I start?
Is it expensive?
What should I look out for?
Is this just one more thing that my kids will be better at than me?
Chapters 1-2 give a brief overview of blogging and why your church should consider becoming a blogging church.
Chapters 3-8 explore the many ways blogging can make a difference in your community: to share news, cast vision, reach out, connect your staff, learn from others, and spread the word.
Chapters 9-13 dive into the questions of HOW to blog, which I think is alone worth the price of the book. There is a lot of practical advice in this book, and not just inspiration.
Chapters 14-15 help you make sure your blog is built on a strong foundation.
Interspersed throughout are interviews with blogging pastors and church leaders, which helps give a different perspective and hear different stories. In Chapter 16, sixteen bloggers each share their advice.
If you doubt the power of blogs, read pages 3-8 of the book. As far as why you should blog: blogs are tools, not toys; blogs help solve real problems; and blogs deliver a true return on ministry. They also allow you to connect and communicate online in a cheap, easy, and personal way.
I've used the book to have the confidence to begin blogging myself. If I were in a larger church I would try to blog for the church as well. If you want the Why, What, and How of blogging, this is a great place to start.
I am on the staff at a megachurch that struggles with communication from within our staff all the way out to our church members. We are pushing towards reading this book as an entire staff... and within our ministry teams, so we can change our entire communication strategy.
Thanks a ton Brian for this book!
congrats brian and terry!
If you have started a blog or are just thinking about it, grab this book. There is a lot of focus on churches creating and using blogs, but not to the extent that it leaves the individual out. The writers took time to teach us a little history as well as give us clear detailed info on the how, why and where of the blog world. Chapter 9 & 10 focus on starting a blog and then building a blog well. I love chapter 11 titled "Build A Really Bad Blog". It's kind of the how-to in reverse.
One of the coolest things in the book was hearing from bloggers around the country about their take on blogging and how it has affected their lives or the lives of the businesses/churches they are involved with. I enjoyed hearing the real world ideas.
This book really starts from the beginning by asking 3 questions...
-Is it a tool or a toy?
-What problem are you trying to solve?
-What is the return on ministry?
The writers go on to explain that "Blogs are tools, not toys. Blogs help solve real problems. Blogs deliver a true return on ministry."
I also appreciate the hopeful message from start to finish. As churches and Christ-followers, we have an amazing opportunity to share our story with others. The blog world is open and ready for the taking. This book consistently draws you back to intent. The writers want you to be excited about who God is in your life and they want that to burst out on your blog.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone thinking of or already in the blogging world. It's very easy to read. It is not extremely technical. And when it does get technical, they have done a great job of explaining themselves so no one gets left behind. It has real life stories and history. It is a quick read.
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