The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church Kindle Edition
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No matter who you are and what size church you serve, you'll find something of value for your ministry in this book.
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...
He not only deals with the technical aspects of how churches can use social media but more importantly asks the deeper background questions: why do you want to use social media? what do you see as its purpose in your ministry? what do you hope to gain? who are you?
As someone who teaches and advises churches and regional judicatories in my own area of the country on using social media in ministry, this book has been an invaluable read and addition to my own experiences and understandings.
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:
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?Read more ›
Bruce covers a wide array of the whats and whys of social media tools. He also provides guidance to all congregations who (erroneously) believe that having a Facebook page "will bring the young people back." Insightful. Practical. All churches need this resource.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful read. Liked the style and lots of information and didn't have to be a geek.Published 4 months ago by Terry R Miller
Useful resource giving good insight as to how the Church can better engage with social media for ministry. Worth the readPublished 18 months ago by Paul Chalson
As one who is exploring the potential for social media in a local church, this is just what I needed. Thanks!Published 21 months ago by Charles H. Johnston
While anyone can encourage honest and open conversation about race within mainline Protestantism, few can do so with the credibility of Reyes-Chow. Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Greg Smith (aka sowhatfaith)
A very good read. Excellent thoughts and commentaries. Really think church professional and officers should look at to consider how they can better do ministry and be the church. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by BJG
It outlines social media for all us trying to figure it out in a very good way.
I am excited to see any changes that are coming.
This is a great resource whether you are a novice or are looking to expand your knowledge on using Social Media in a church setting. Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by D. W. Luck
With so many tools available, Bruce's guide is a great reference for helping decide which to choose. A quick read.Published on January 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Easy to follow instructions and theologically sound reasons for bringing worshipping communities into 21st century and on to Web 2.0.Published on December 30, 2012 by Carol M. Crittenden
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