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Top 10 Social Media and Ministry Stories January 2013

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The best and brightest thinkers in the social media and ministry space have been very busy during the first month of 2013.  Before sharing my recommendations for the top ten January 2013 stories, here are a few suggestions for those involved in church social media:

  • Develop or order a church app that people can download to their smartphones. Mobile continues to be a real leader in the digital space.
  • With increasing numbers of people accessing the Internet from their smartphones (a trend that will only accelerate) make sure your website is mobile friendly.
  • Consider using QR codes to communicate more information in a smaller space.
  • Pinterest and related visual platforms continue to rapidly grow in popularity. Be sure you have a presence there.
  • Vine video is the new kid on the block! Think – Instagram for video! Vine presents tremendous potential for ministry use.  So, check it out!
  • The social network Slideshare continues to experience rapid growth. Don’t sleep on it!

Now, to the top 10 stories:

Church Social Media 2013 Predictions – Tweetchat #chsocm

Tech and Bold Goals for 2013 – Tweetchat #ChSocM

21 Social Media Predictions for 2013 From the Pros – SocialMedia Examiner

Build Your Platform This Year: Check These 7 Steps – ChurchLeader

Accessing the Bible With 21st Century Technology – Algemeiner

Episode 30: Meredith Gould – Social Media Church – Podcast D J Chuang

8 Leadership Lessons From Martin Luther King, Jr. – Michael Hyatt – Podcast

Mobile Apps and Sites are Now – iChurch Method

How to Be Involved In Your Church’s Internet Ministry If You’re Not the Pastor – Internet Toolbox for Churches

Fly or Die: Vine – TechCrunch

To stay on top of the latest news and developments in the Social Media and Ministry space check out the new daily church social media publication, SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS.

Which church social media stories from January 2013 would make your Top 10 list?

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Be Blessed

Kenneth Lillard

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Creative Use of Social Media by Churches Continues to Grow

Digital technology and social media definitely enable churches to expand their reach far beyond the four walls of the sanctuary! Ministries have begun to get a firm grip on these new, exciting, web 2.0 technologies. Many churches are expanding their creative and strategic use of a wide variety of social media platforms to effectively share the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

A recent FACT study of 11,077 congregations by the Hartford Institute for Religious Research revealed 7 out of 10 U. S. congregations have websites. In addition, 4 in 10 had Facebook pages in 2010! The following are examples of how some congregations are creatively using the continually expanding array of social media tools to enhance their effectiveness:

  • YesHeIs is using short documentary video to very creatively point people to Jesus.
  • Churches are making it much easier for people to find them online by putting up their own website or Facebook page.
  • Christ Fellowship Church in McKinney, Texas allows you to download their worship program by scanning a customized QR code.
  • Many churches allow you to watch worship services streamed online from their internet campus with live chat running, so you can share spiritual insights in real-time.
  • Church apps are available to watch sermons, donate, and do much more, including even swapping goods and services to help others in the community.
  • Confession: A Roman Catholic app was recently released for the iPhone. It prompts the user through pre-confession soul-searching prior to meeting with the priest.
  • The Internet evangelism project, PeaceWithGod, employs search-engine algorithms to steer people toward salvation!
  • Sing along with a new tablet hymnal from Church Publishing. In March the Episcopal Church’s publishing house released eHymnals for the iPad and other digital readers.
  • Biola University, a private evangelical school in La Mirada, CA is hosting a Digital Ministry Conference, June 5-7, 2012! 
  • The digital Bible  is available for your mobile devices, including smart phones and iPads, allowing you to connect with your faith in the checkout line at the grocery store, on the subway, or in the gym!
  • FB and twitter status updates provide insight into the lives of many congregation members, availing ministries  ample opportunities for service and caring.
  • Pastors can work relevant FB or twitter status updates into their sermons.
  • Pastors and church leaders are creating blogs and e-newsletters to regularly deliver current updates on ministry activities within the church, on mission trips, and in the community at-large.
  • Videos are being used to provide a virtual tour of churches.
  • A number of churches have begun to use the new, fastest-growing social media platform, Pinterest , to create buzz and generate more interest and excitement around their ministries.

Get a free sample or buy Social Media and Ministry by Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lillard from iTunes for additional insights into how ministries can more effectively use social media to carry out the Great Commission. 

What creative/innovative way is your church/ministry employing social media?

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!

Stay Blessed!

Kenneth Lillard

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