Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript:

We had a wide-ranging conversation about what we, as 
church communicators, make platform choices to meet goals.

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

T1: What is more important as a Church communicator, being interesting or being influential and why? 
T2: What is your personal favorite social media platform and why ?  
T3: How does your personal bias toward your favorite social platform affect your #chsocm efforts?
T4: What do you do differently on each of your #chsocm (FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) platforms to tailor your message?
T5: Take a look at your #chsocm accounts. If someone visited your account (FB page, Instagram, Pinterest) how would they see Gospel Values? 
T6: What are some ways to ensure your overarching communications goals are met through #chsocm?
T7: Which is more effective in making lasting connections, your Church #chsocm accounts or leadership/staff's personal accounts? Why? 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Integrating Technology Into Life and Faith

We chatted about the challenges of persuading people to
integrate technology into their life of faith.

Tonight's chat moderated by Marty Davis (@SacredLC)

1. How do you convince your colleagues and members to get onboard with social media?
2. How do you help others integrate social media into their work lives?
3. Beyond the numbers, how do you help colleagues know that social media is working?

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Monday, October 13, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript (10/7/14): Digital Evangelism Growth and Changes

We chatted about digital evangelism, especially
how it has changed over the years.

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

T1: In the last 2 years, have attitudes about social media being used in churches changed? How?
T2:What has been your most effective way to share the gospel with people outside church via #chsocm?
T2a: Related but different- What has been effective in getting word out in the community about your congregation?
T3: What is your ministry's greatest roadblock to sharing the gospel via #chsocm
T4: What are some great ways for a ministry to use #chsocm to serve the neighborhood?
T5: Who is knocking it out of the park? Who is being innovative & effective at reaching people with Good News?
T6: If nothing was holding you back, what 1 thing/program would you try to share the Good News?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Church Communications to Empower or Promote?

We chatted about using social media to
empower people to share.

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

To frame the conversation:
7 Ways to Empower People Through Your Church Communications

T1: Is your church’s communications more about promoting the church (institution) or empowering the church (people)?
T1a: How are you using #ChSocM to listen to people -- their ideas, insight, struggles, passions?
T2: Is your #ChSocM designed more to reach people in your community directly or provide resource your church people can share w others?
T2a: Do you know what resources your church people want to share with others? If so, how?
T3: Do you use #ChSocM to help connect people within your church to each other? If so, how?

If "the church is the people" then your church is also those people who post inappropriate content online...
T4: What's the worst thing you've ever seen a member of your church post online?
T4b: What if anything do you think should be done when you see a church member post inappropriate pics, profanity, vulgar jokes, etc?
T5: What other ways can we use #ChSocM to empower the people in our churches?
T-Action: What's 1 thing you're going to do or do differently because of our chat today? Feel free to continue the convesation in twitter or with longer comments on the blog post --

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Social Media for Church Conferences, Workshops. Conventions, Assemblies and More!

We chatted about best practices for using social media 
to extend the reach of public events.

This week's chat moderated by Meredith Gould (@meredithgould)

T1: What are your pet peeves about social media for church events/conferences?
T2: What’s your best counsel for ensuring social media success during church events/conferences?
T3: Most people would say Twitter is an essential platform to use, which other(s) would you consider important? Why?

For Fun: For which church event (any denomination!) would you love to live-tweet?

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Monday, September 22, 2014

#ChSocM Chat Preview: Social Media for Conferences, Workshops, Diocesan Conventions, Synod Assemblies and More!

Prep for #ChSocM chat Tuesday, September 23 at 9PM ET.

My church social media life on Twitter really ramped up a few notches when, from the comfort of my home (and in my pjs) I attended the 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church and the ELCA Churchwide Assembly. In 2009.

I watched whatever was livestreamed, followed hashtags, and plunged into conversations with people attending in person as well as people following along online. 

Some of those I met during those Twitter-based conversations have become dear colleagues and friends. 

My appreciation for and commitment to ecumenism was also reinforced by being able to observe and participate. (More about that in this post, Ecumenical Escapades

Back then, hashtags had not yet permeated the general culture. Churches were just beginning to experiment with them, not quite realizing how doing so would extend reach and expand conversation. 

It's now 2014 and on any given day and almost every weekend, we can go fishing in the Twitterstream and catch up with an abundance of events. (You just want to soak in that metaphor, right?) 

Resistance to using hashtags for church events doesn't seem to be much of an issue these days, but competency still is...for some. 

This week's we'll focus on using social media to make public events even more public. Come gather online at 9PM ET on September 23 and let's chat!

Note: Since February 2014, this guide to Live Tweeting Church Events has racked up 6000+ views and I find myself in frequent conversation about best practices.