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The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church by [Reyes-Chow, Bruce]
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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
  • ASIN: B008FCXKXE
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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...

Thanks!
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If you're a church looking to get started on how to effectively use social media in your ministry, this is a definite go-to resource for you. Bruce bases his book on the many presentations he has done to churches and denominations on social media in ministry, and on his own experience as the pastor of a young church steeped in users of social media.

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.
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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:

Facebook
Blogging
Google Docs
Yelp
Dropbox

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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Handy resource for all church leaders. I've attended a couple Social Media workshops but this resource makes all of them unnecessary.

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.
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