Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Searching and Finding Information about Social Media for Church

I don't need to know everything; 
I just need to know where to find it, when I need it. 
-- Albert Einstein

This week's chat moderated by Paul Steinbrueck (@paulsteinbrueck)

T1:  What do you do when you are planning to start something new in #ChSocM and you want to learn more about how to do it well? (New goal, platform, tactic, metric, tool, or anything else)
T1a: What type of media do you prefer for learning new things a/b #ChSocM (books, blog posts, videos, conferences, other people?)
T1b: Do you tend to look for resources in the #ChSocM niche or the broader social media area?
T1c: Esp for those who cited Google... How do you determine which resources are credible, most helpful?
T2: Where do you go when you have a specific, detailed question/problem with #ChSocM?
T2a: Do you prefer to ask questions privately to individuals or in an online group (like a Facebook group)?
T3: #ChSocM has a Twitter profile, FB page, Pintrest, a blog of transcripts & a wiki. Which of these do u find most helpful?
T3a: Is there a platform or other type of resource you wish the #ChSocM community used or provided?
T3b: What can you do to expand and improve the #ChSocM resources available?

Find the transcript on Storify.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: 4/1/14: Pastoral Transitions in the Digital Age

We chatted about how ministers and congregants
manage transitions now that 
social media are in the mix.

This week's chat moderated by David Hansen (@rev_david)

T1: Broadly, does our connected world make the process of pastoral transition harder or easier? T2: Best practice: Should former members and former ministry professionals stay connected on social media?
T3: How can congregations use social media to welcome a new ministry professional? T3a: How soon in the process should members and new pastors make connection?
T4: Best use of social media for a farewell, by pastor or congregation?
T5: Best uses of social media to connect with a new community on arrival?
T6: How can cong & professionals use #chsocm to help with their grief during transition?
TBonus: Best April Fools prank today?

Find the transcript on Storify.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: 3/25/14: Blazing Fast Romp Through a Bunch o' Topics!

Questions about reaching out to generations,
reaching out to other churches, having fun on
and with social media...and more!

Tonight's chat moderated by Meredith Gould (@meredithgould)

1: What’s the best way to make a meaningful connection with 13-35 year olds? 
2: How can we make our social media more interactive for all generations?
3: How can we keep up with what “the kids” are using today?
4: How can we use social media to network with other congregations?
5: How can we make getting involved with social media more fun?
6: How can we get people to stop ignoring/deleting our communications?
7: How does or should The City interact with basic social media platforms?

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Church Social Media Chat Prep: Get Ready to Share Your Wisdom

Thanks to the Center for CongregationsI recently had the pleasure and privilege of delivering day-long church social media workshops. One day in Indianapolis; the next in Ft. Wayne.

Both days involved spending time with people from across denominations, united in their desire to use social media to be and do church. Both days, I got to meet Twitter buds. Both days killed my feet.

At both venues, I asked Center for Congregations staffers to hand out good old-fashioned index cards so that workshop participants could respond to this question, "What is the one thing you most want to learn during the workshop?"

I asked because I truly wanted to know, so I could deliver information they most wanted and needed. But I was also interested in seeing if and how questions change over time, especially as digital ministry becomes more accepted.

So instead of dumping the cards, I brought them home to share during this week's #chsocm chat. Not to worry -- we won't be slamming through all 200 questions, but get ready to share your wisdom on a variety of topics at 9:00 PM Eastern on Tuesday, March 25.

Friday, March 21, 2014

ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: 3/18/14: Ancient Christian Community and Modern Social Media

We looked at ancient aspects of Christian community
within the context of contemporary digital ministry.

Tonight's chat moderated by Jason Chesnut (@crazypastor)

1: When you hear the term, “ancient practices/aspects of the early Christian community,” what comes to mind?
1a: Which of these practices appeal to you the most in your current context/ministry?
2: Which SM platform seems to work the best with these diverse aforementioned ancient Christian practices/aspects?
3: What are some concrete examples of how we can draw attention to these ancient aspects through social media? [slight change of direction]
4: In this 12th day of #Lent, what has surprised, challenged, amazed you?

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: 3/11/14: Local Reviews -- Where Church, Search, and Social Collide

Where Church, Search & Social Collide – Local Reviews
Prework here:

Tonight's chat moderated by Paul Steinbrueck (@PaulSteinbrueck)

1: Before now had you considered local review sites like Yelp and Google+ Local a part of church social media?
1b: Have you ever checked local listings for accuracy of contact info and to read reviews?
2: Take a moment to Google your church. Is the contact info, map & other info accurate?
2b: Does your church’s Google+ Local listing have any reviews posted to it? If so, what do you think of them?
3: How much do you think positive or negative online reviews might influence someone’s decision to visit a church?
3b: What if anything do you think a church should do if they find a negative review posted?
4: How important do you think it is to encourage church members to post online reviews of their church?
4b: How would you go about encouraging members of a church to post online reviews of their church?
T-Bonus: Do you have any questions about local listings and reviews? What action steps are you going to take as a result of tonight’s chat?

For more on this topic, check out: The Ultimate Guide to Get Positive Online Reviews for Your Church

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