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10/25: Social Phonics: New Media for Pastors

Seattle Presbytery

In the one-day Social Phonics Boot Camp, veteran pastor and social mediaista Doug Pagitt will guide you through the basics of the most popular social media services, including blogging, Facebook,Twitter and free broadcast media. You will learn how, in just three 30-minute periods each week, you can dramatically increase your communication to members of your church or people interested in your organization and, even more importantly, to those who have the potential to visit your church or business. Most importantly, we'll help you determine your own social media philosophy, so that you'll know exactly why you're going online each week.

Imagine getting real-time feedback from your parishioners as you prepare your sermon, spreading the word about a church outreach program without buying a newspaper ad, or posting a YouTube welcome to new neighbors in your community. Imagine hearing what customers are saying about your business or organization.

All of this is possible, and it doesn't have to be intimidating. In fact, we'll make it fun!

A Social Phonics Bootcamp costs only $125. All you need to bring is yourself and your laptop (borrow one if you have to!). We meet from 9am till 4pm with a one hour lunch break. Online registration is a breeze! (Each Boot Camp is limited to 50 registrants.)

Visit Social Phonics site here.

New Media Learning Day - Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Seattle Presbytery

New Media Learning Day Saturday January 21, 2012 in Seattle, WA

'Equipping Churches and Leaders to Understand and Use New Media in Ministry'

'Culture has shifted from the postmodern age into a new age defined by media.' Understanding and harnessing the power of new media is critical for communicating the Gospel in the Media Age. New Media Learning Day provides hands on and practical training in the use of new/social media for churches and leaders. 
Saturday January 21, 2012 | 9:30 am to 4:45 pm | @ Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Mercer Island | Cost: $ 79 | Register Online at http://www.missiocenter.org/newmedia

Social Media Articles

Seattle Presbytery

I follow a number of blogs talking about social media's place in the church, and think you may find some of them helpful or interesting. Some weeks I find lots of articles I like, some just a few. I'll post a round-up every few weeks with the articles I've enjoyed or found most useful.

Clergy Must Navigate Traditional Boundaries In New Social Media World - Just like the title suggests, where clergy can/should draw the line when interacting with parishoners - both presently and when they leave the church - is a new and uncharted area. The article doesn't have any answers, but it does pose some interesting questions as launch points for a discussion.

Church Websites & First Impressions - Are you being intentional in what face your church's website shows to the world? Does it accurately reflect who you are as a congregation? It's important to provide basic information, as many (most?) people who visit your church will have looked on its website before attending.

Social Media Is Relational - "It's about relationships and social media is about relationships. A lot of companies don't understand that. They think it's a new way to market themselves.  In contrast, religious organizations have been relying on word-of-mouth marketing and relational marketing for forever, so they take to social media well." How can we turn to social media to help us be better at relationships?

How Should The Church Use Social Media? - Mind-blowing statistics (in the form of pictures and graphs!) about how much the Internet and social media have been changing in even the last couple years. Provides a launch point for discussions about how this can be incorporated into your church's life.

(In case you missed the last round-up of social media articles, click here!)

Webinar on Church Management

Seattle Presbytery

iLinc, a website sponsored by the Insurance Board, is offering a webinar on Church Management titled Social Media - Plan, Prepare, Protect, on November 30th both at 11am and 3pm. Social medai is "child's play" for children, but not for churches. A review of the many considerations around church use of social media, including managent controls and oversight, copyright, libel, privacy, and security. Click here to register.

Recent Social Media Articles

Seattle Presbytery

I follow a number of blogs talking about social media's place in the church, and think you may find some of them helpful or interesting. Some weeks I find lots of articles I like, some just a few. I'll post a round-up every few weeks with the articles I've enjoyed or found most useful.

An Internet "Getting Started" Plan For Technically-Challenged Churches - Success is about baby steps, and only taking on what you can handle and are ready for. This is the first part in a series of how to get serious with your technology and social media.

The Church Should Embrace Social Media, For Dialogue's Sake - an important reminder that a part of being involved in social media, and with this generation, that you need to be engaged in a two-way conversation with your audience instead of simply talking at them and ignoring responses.

Three Social Media Rules For Churches - Knowing what to post, and how to be effective in social media use, can be overwhelming. This post offers three simple rules to guide your content and help you get started.

An Internet "Getting Started" Plan For Technically-Challenged Churches Part 2 - The next part in the series about how your church can get started with social media

Social Media Policies - This site has compiled the social media policy at dozens of organizations and businesses. If you're looking to create a policy for your church, you might browse a few of these and see what strikes a chord.

(In case you missed the last round-up of social media articles, click here!)

Recent Social Media Articles

Seattle Presbytery

I follow a number of blogs talking about social media's place in the church, and think you may find some of them helpful or interesting. Some weeks I find lots of articles I like, some just a few. I'll post a round-up every few weeks with the articles I've enjoyed or found most useful.

Is A Church Website Enough? What About The Social Media Revolution? - A  lengthy, but well worth reading article. Social media has been a paradigm shifter. Businesses are having to change how they interact with customers (talk with instead of at them), and churches need to do the same. The new 'normal' is laid out in broad strokes, and leaves you to open the conversation with your church about what you need to do in order to be successful. The first comment is also worth reading, as he points out businesses have a fundamentally different purpose than churches.

The Biggest Mistake You Can Do With Internet Outreach - This podcast (16 minutes, or you can read the transcript) talks about how to talk with people instead of at them, and why that's so important, as well as how to walk the line online between being too formal and not formal enough in order to maintain your audience's attention.

Do You Pray On Facebook? Real Relationships And Spirituality Can Happen Online - Just like the title suggests, your real-life self and your online self are becoming less and less distinct, and what happens in one can enrich the other.'

8 Social Media Tips For Increasing Turnout At Your Event - The author suggests 8 strategies for helping to create successful events by effectively utilizing social media outlets

Who Monitors Your Church's Twitter Account? - Having a Twitter account is great ... but having one and not using it is potentially more harmful than simply not having one at all. Are you making sure to engage your followers?

(In case you missed the last round-up of social media articles, click here!)

Recent Social Media Articles

Seattle Presbytery

I follow a number of blogs talking about social media's place in the church, and think you may find some of them helpful or interesting. Some weeks I find lots of articles I like, some just a few. I'll post a round-up every few weeks with the articles I've enjoyed or found most useful.

Q: Do I Need To Go To Church Since I Find Fellowship Online? - The author argues the merits of online Christian fellowship versus what you get with in-person contact, and the ways that each can help to enrich your relationships.

7 Ways Churches And Their People Can Work Together To Share The Gospel Online - Seven ways that churches can use social media to help share the Gospel. Possibly a few you haven't thought of or aren't currently using!

5 Social Media Myths In The Church - Five common misconceptions about the use of social media.

How The New Facebook Affects Church Social Media - We all know Facebook just made another round of changes; you now, more than ever, need to keep people engaged with your page or it will slowly stop showing up in their news feed.

Facebook Changes: Subscriptions - One of the changes Facebook made is the idea of Subscriptions. You're now able to publish updates seen even by people who haven't 'Liked' your page!

19 Ideas For Your Church To Use Social Media To Interact With Its People - Social media shouldn't be used just to target people outside your church; you should also be using it to reach people already in your church. There are tips to getting started with this, as well as 19 (!) ways you can use social media to interact with your existing members

(In case you missed the last round-up of social media articles, click here!)

Recent Social Media Articles

Seattle Presbytery

I follow a number of blogs talking about social media's place in the church, and think you may find some of them helpful or interesting. Some weeks I find lots of articles I like, some just a few. I'll post a round-up every few weeks with the articles I've enjoyed or found most useful.

 Social Media Strategy Worksheet - A great social media development strategy worksheet that ministries can utilize to help create an effective social media strategy.

Why A Church Website Isn't Enough - A website should be a part of your outreach strategy, so having a static unchanging page won't cut it any more. Since it's likely the backbone of your internet outreach strategy, to be really effective, it needs to have changing content.

Can Ministry Be Done On LinkedIn? - LinkedIn can have multiple purposes in your church, from posting job openings to posting status updates from your Business Profile.

Help For The Technically-Challenged Church - If you're intimidated by trying to start social media in your church, or think you're not able/ready, this article offers thoughts on how to get your feet wet in ways that work for your church and meet its needs.

(In case you missed earlier round-ups of social media articles, click here!)

Recent Social Media Articles

Seattle Presbytery

by Christa Peck, SeaPres Communications

I follow a number of blogs talking about social media's place in the church, and think you may find some of them helpful or interesting. Some weeks I find lots of articles I like, some just a few. I'll post a round-up every few weeks with the articles I've enjoyed or found most useful.

Holy Eavesdropping: Why Facebook Is Great For Ministry - Facebook can give you glimpses into people's lives in ways that you may otherwise have never seen. Social media can let you connect with your congregation (and fellow members!) in meaningful ways beyond the scope of Sunday morning church service.

Email Marketing Is Not Dead - Email marketing is still important to communicate with your church members, but it's not your grandfather's email message - it's important to integrate other types of social media into your email campaigns to maximize its impact with your audience.

How Facebook Killed The Church - This article explores a bit about why Millenials are less into attending church than previous generations, and the role that technology (cell phones, facebook, etc) are playing in this shift.

What Is Your Ministry's Web Strategy? - Are you being deliberate in your web strategy? Are you accomplishing your goal and keeping all your decisions focused on achieving your stated purpose? Both an excellent bulleted list, and a link to a more in-depth article about being effective and intentional in the ways you reach out to past, present, and future members of your community.

(In case you missed the last round-up of social media articles, click here!)

Social Media Articles

Seattle Presbytery

by Christa Peck, SeaPres Communications

You may have read last week's article about how Facebook can benefit your church. I follow a number of blogs talking about social media's place in the church, and think you may find some of them helpful or interesting. Some weeks I find lots of articles I like, some just a few. I'll post a round-up every few weeks with the articles I've enjoyed or found most useful.

7 Simple Rules To Keep Your Church Emails Compliant - Are your church's email communications following the 7 rules set by the FTC? Watch a short video explaining what they are.

Does Your Organization Need A Social Media Policy? - Does your church have a social media policy in place? Do you think you need one? How about this index card-sized policy.

Google Cuts Churches Out Of Nonprofit Programs - Google used to allow churches to use some of its products for free, but churches (among numerous other entities) are now excluded from this robust set of free tools. Bummer!

What Nuns, Yes Nuns, Can Teach You About Social Media - After following some nuns on Twitter, the author thinks about what lessons can be learned from how the sisters use social media.

Facebook And Your Church

Seattle Presbytery

By Christa Peck, SeaPres Communications

Many of the churches in our presbytery have started to make Facebook pages. Facebook is a great resource for a church - it can help you stay connected with current and former members, give prospective visitors a glimpse into the life of your congregation to see if it's a community where they might thrive, and it allows people a way to communicate both with your church and with other members. 'Liking' the pages of other churches is a great way to see what great things other churches are doing, and perhaps find inspiration for events or ministries you'd like to recreate at your own church. 

Below are a list of links that you may find helpful, both in understanding the possible benefits to your church having a Facebook presence, as well as a three-part series about how to actually create a page (it's long because of all the pictures, not because it's complicated!).

- How to make a Facebook page - parts one, two, and three.
- How does your church use Facebook?
- How your church can effectively use social media.
- How can a Facebook page help your church?
- How to use Facebook at your church.
- Advice about effective use and good practices on Facebook (and with all your communication).

Here are the churches in the Seattle Presbytery with Facebook pages. If your church has a page and isn't on the list, please email me the link and I will add it!

Bellevue First Mt View Saint Andrew
Central Kitsap Newport Sammamish
Inglewood Northminster Seattle Community Church
John Knox Queen Anne Steel Lake
Kent First Rainier Beach University
Lake Burien Redmond Wallingford
Lake City Renton First Wedgwood
Mercer Island Rose Hill West Side

Social Media for Churches

Seattle Presbytery

Kerry Dantzig, Senior Vice President
Heffernan Insurance Brokers, providing PresbyterianOne Insurance


Twitter, Facebook, blogging and other social media are commonly used and widely viewed. Churches are beginning to embrace social media and understand the potential power they hold to further their mission. However, social media must be used responsibly and with great care.

Before a church engages in social media they need to develop a plan. Questions to be asked at the planning stage include: What message is your church wanting to communicate? What are your goals? Who are you trying to reach (i.e., church members, youth, community, etc.)? Will you be including blogs of sermons or podcasts? A calendar of events?

If your church decides to jump into social media there should be a designated person or team to update the pages on a regular basis in order to keep the message clear, consistent and true to the church's mission. Remember, this may be the first point of contact for a newcomer, so you'll want to include all the pertinent info regarding contacting the church for additional information.

Some things to keep in mind:

Only those persons with written or verbal permission from management should represent the church or speak on its behalf on social media outlets. This includes the use of the church's marketing material and trademarks, such as logos.

Obtain permission for all persons in a picture or video before posting.

Represent the values and beliefs of the church. Be respectful and avoid negative or defaming remarks. Ensure that ideas and commentary shared on social media outlets are consistent with church identity and goals.

Protect all proprietary and confidential information regarding the church and its personnel and membership. This includes personal information and relationships.

Respect all copyright and trademark laws.

Those persons not authorized to publish on behalf of the church on social media outlets must note whether or not they are employed there, and state that their views are entirely their own. No logos or corporate trademarks may be displayed by unauthorized persons because doing so creates the impression that the person is speaking for the church.

Don't forget to include your congregation when designing your social media plan. Encourage congregants to participate by posting comments on the blogs & podcast or by adding the church's site as a favorite, or by clicking "like" on Facebook. With many active users your church's message should spread, and as a result your church will continue to grow!