Wednesday, August 20, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Using Video for Communities of Faith

A rip-roaring tweetchat focusing on the 
ever-increasing popularity of video through social media 
in our communities of faith. 

This week's chat moderated by Jason Chesnut (@crazypastor)

1. Why should we use video in social media?
2. What’s a way you've seen video work really well in various ministry settings?
3. Where have you found good video for #ChSocM purposes? 
4. For those who've created videos - any learnings, tips, tricks?
4a. How about good software/apps for managing and editing video?
5. Quick. Name a biblical story that could work really well (not corny) through the medium of video.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Getting Re-centered and Refreshed

We focused on getting re-centered and refreshed
when the pace of church communications ministry
becomes overwhelming.

Tonight's chat moderated by Katy Dunigan (@kdunigan)

T1: As church communicators/leaders, how often do you feel overtasked & overwhelmed? (Be honest!)
T1A: You regularly share your energy w/others via Social Media & IRL, what ways do you feel it coming back to you?
T2: Share your strategies for creating & maintaining healthy professional boundaries to protect yourself & your family?
T3: How do you know when it's time to step away & re-center? T3A When you need to refresh & re-center, where do you go?
T4: Some mentioned meeting w/friends as a way of re-centering. Do you regularly connect w/mentors & colleagues?

Too many people want too many things too soon?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Managing Resistance, Negativity and Other Buzz Kills

Looks like there's still a "hermeneutic of suspicion"
when it comes to church and social media. We chatted
about best practices for dealing with naysayers.

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

T1: Worst reactions to new tech/social media that you have seen in ministry.
T2: What are your best practices for getting the naysayers on board? #chsocm
T3: At what point do you decide that the institutional resistance to #chsocm is too much to try and overcome?
T4: What are your best practices for working around institutional roadblocks/resistance?
T5:What is the thing you want to brag about from your #chsocm ministry this summer?

Slide from Meredith Gould

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Branding, Love and Care of Communications Ministers, and more!

We followed up on key topics discussed
during this week's Church Marketing Sucks 
hangout. Here's the video.

This week's chat moderated by Neal Fischer (@nealffischer)

T1: Every Church has a brand (planned or not). Do you have a plan/guide for branding? (Logo, Font, Style Sheet, Color)
T1A: If you have some form of shareable/written form of plan/guide for your ministry, how does it get shared/used?
T2: How do we reduce noise and share announcements without half of them being ignored?
T3: You are the communicator for your Church. Do you just disseminate info or do you help shape what gets shared?
T3A: How do we help the Church understand communications ministry and ministers are as important as youth pastors/other ministries?
T3B: How do we show our value and build relationships with those we serve?
T4: What are some ways we can take a Sabbath?
T4A: We often work alone, so how do we keep from feeling alone, overworked, and underappreciated?
T4B: How do we make the work we do sustainable so that it doesn't overwhelm us?
T4C: If you do have help/volunteers, which tools help you keep your team organized?

Graphic created by Chuck Scoggins (@chuckscoggins)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Auditing Digital Communications

Tonight we're did a mini-audit of our #chsocm ministries! 

This week's chat moderated by Regina Heater (@reckshow)

T1 Have you ever done a social media audit?
T2 Spotcheck time. Google your brand. Are all of your expected profiles there?
T3 How often do you review your #chsocm profiles to ensure accuracy/completeness?
For T4, pls choose & share links to 1 or 2 of your #chsocm profiles. GO!
T4 Take a moment to browse the shared links. What catches your eye? (generically!)
T4a Which of your own profiles do you feel are really strong? Why?
T4b Which of your own profiles need some polishing? Why?
T4c Which ones need to be discontinued? Why?