Wednesday, October 29, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Ideas for Communicating Church and Faith Every Day of the Week

An Ideafest during which we walked through through
 a typical week at church and shared wild and 
mundane ideas about doing #chsocm. 

This week's chat moderated by Carolyn Clement (@singingcarolyn)

Since we're church folk, we'll start with Sunday. 

Day1: Sunday, or as I like to call it: content creation funday. Think of ways to serve, invite, and welcome, using #chsocm on Sundays. 

Day2: Now we're starting off the work/school week and it’s Monday. How can we serve, invite & welcome on Mondays? 

Day3: How about Tuesdays? What goes on at your church on Tuesdays? Small groups? Studies? How can you share that? 

Day4: Let's move on to Wednesday. Many churches have youth group or choir on Wednesdays. What does that mean for your #chsocm? What can you schedule and do that day? 

Day5: And we're moving right through the week to Thursday! Obv we have to mention #tbt. You don't necessarily need to have historical photos to participate in #tbt. What can you share? 

Day6: The day for which people everywhere are thanking God. This Friday is also Halloween? What to share? 

Day7: Saturday: chores, errands, kids’ sports, date nights, etc. How to use those (& other) themes in our #chsocm? And we’re back to the Sabbath. 

Now that we've walked through the week, do you have any other ideas to add about #chsocm on Sundays?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Choosing Platforms and Reaching Goals

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

This week's chat 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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