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Derek Ouellette

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Hi, thanks for accepting my request to join this group. My name is Derek Ouellette and I have a business/ministry helping church leaders leverage social media for their ministry. I've got an e-book out called "Church Leaders Online: 3 Reasons Why the Web Needs You" (free to my subscribers) and a physical book coming out called "Social Media and the Local Church." Currently I'm running a live webinar series by that same title (registration is now closed). You can find out more about me on my website: http://derekouellette.ca/ Thanks again!
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It's time for our church to establish a social media policy.  I'd be interested to see what others are using.  Anyone willing to share theirs?
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Bruce Reyes-Chow
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Hey all, with the Fall season quickly approaching are there any interesting digital ministry developments happening in your community? Do share . . .
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+Ben Northcutt What would it do that you have not found with other apps?
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I know that some of you are doing more and more video recording: interviews, messages, teasers, etc. What are you using to accomplish these things? Best practices, cool software, etc. Go . . .
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+Kathryn Johnston I do believe that is true, at least that's the General Assembly thinking.
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REMINDER -- Thanks to all how have participated in this group thus far. If you are new to the group or can' remember thy you joined, please revisit the description upon your convenience.  Looking forward to more of your questions and resourcing!  Peace!
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Bruce Reyes-Chow
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I am the process of doing social media and technology "audit" at my local congregation. We are running into some of the typical roadblocks and pushback, nothing all that surprising.  So here is the question for you all, "What would be most helpful (tone, topic or training) to help a congregation best use social media and other technologies to strengthen their ministry?" And yes, the sweeping nature of this question is intentional ;-) Go . . .
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Bruce, sorry for the late response, but if you are still looking for suggestions and ideas, here are a few:
1) I believe SocMed can enhance the "bulletin experience" for newcomers. It would take time, but imagine a bulletin that a newcomer can click on (via tablet or phone or laptop) that explains certain rites/origins of hymns/lyrics. 
2) SocMed can be good at getting the word out when it comes to service projects. Sometimes these projects come out of nowhere and need to be addressed ASAP, so SocMed could sent out a "Disciple Alert" to let people know of an upcoming project that will need attention. It can also be a good way for people to notify organizers they are coming.
3) SocMed should NOT replace the printed word/newsletter/communication routes, but WORK ALONG with the ways that non-computer people and the seasoned citizens stay/get CONNECTED with their church family.

Hope this helps.
Jonathan
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How are folks using social media this Lenten season: personally, pastorally, etc?
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Bruce, I'm using social media for both. I am doing a daily devotional which I share via Facebook, Google, Twitter, Tumblr, and LinkedIn. I am combining my goal of improving my writing skills with the goal of sharing the music through which God speaks to me. 
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Does anyone know of small to mid-range congregations(@150-300 in worship) that are doing communications well? 
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Newsletter. Email blasts. Social media. What does that look like for a church that can't afford to hire a nation-wide firm, but can afford to bring in folks who specialize in doing it better.

Admittedly, I'm not quite sure what it looks like, but I know our congregation is inching closer when we send out a Friday email blast that folks on Sunday are talking about. And I know that we are making no progress when a post goes on FB once a week.
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Hey all -- Just lead another version of my Definitive-ish  Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. This is an ever-evolving slideshow, but here are the most recent. If you have done such presents, feel free to share them in the comments.
These are the slides from my workshop at the 2014 Annual Gathering of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators in San Jose. This is an ever evolving ver
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Steve Plank

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Hi, all.  A ruling elder in our Presbytery will be teaming with me this Spring to lead a workshop (2 hrs. or so) on using social media in/for congregations.  What 2 or 3 things do you think would be most helpful for us to share with local church communicators?
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Consistency... although I realize if I knew how to sustain that I'd be a lot more helpful!
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Sarah Finnerty

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Hello my name is Sarah & I'm a PCUSA educator. Happy New Year, everyone!
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Hi Sarah...welcome to the group!
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kristina keefe-perry

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Hello Friends! 
Kristina Keefe-Perry here. I am a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers),  interested in innovative urban / contextual church starts.  If you think that's an oxymoron - you are right!  I'm  in the middle of  my MDiv at Boston University, School of Theology. I'm also a founding Board Member of Quaker Voluntary Service - and have much experience in service / community formation for young adults (quakervoluntaryservice.org).  Eager to share resources and ideas about new ways to be and share church using social media. 
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Hey Kristina! Glad you are part of the group and I look forward to hearing more about your ministry and how all this tech stuff can be helpful! Best to family!
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About this community

First things first, should your request for join this community pass the Magic 8 Ball test, and you are approved, please introduce yourself using the "Hello, my name is..." category. Okay, onto the googlegalese portion of the day. Moderated by yours truly, Bruce Reyes-Chow, author of the best-selling (in my mind) ebook, "The Definitive-ish Guide for using Social Media in the Church" this is a community where I and others (you) can help to answer questions that arise around the use of technology and social media in the church. What is allowed in the group is very simple: 1) Questions. 2) Responses. 3) Links that you think might be helpful. Please be REALLY sure that they are relevant to, oh, I don't know . . . social media and the church :-/ What is not allowed 1) Being a jerk. 2) Name calling. 3) Shilling for clicks. 4) Spamminess. 5) Calling yourself a guru. If I think you have broken any of the above rules, I will give you a warning, maybe delete a post and if you persist, drop you from the group. I'll do it, I really will. What I am hoping for this group that people will ask questions of all kinds from the practical, "How do I . . .?" to the theoretical, "What do folks think about . . .?" the community will respond, prod, inquire, support, etc. and together we will get just a little closer to what should actually be happening in our communities. DISCLAIMER: This community group will be linked to the new edition of the book. Not sure why that should matter, but I figured it would be cool to just let you know.

Bruce Reyes-Chow
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I'm taking the plunge and shifting from Keynote to Google Slides. Anyone have a theme or two that they really like?
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+mienda uriarte No downloading needed. You are basically using it like google docs. I have been working through one set for a workshop that I am doing this weekend and it is not to bad. A little learning curve coming from Keynote, but overall, I like it. And when I totally abandon my mac for a chromebook, I'll be all-in
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For sometime, I gave been using Remind101 to schedule and send out mass texts to my student ministry parents. It doesn't do EVERYTHING that I wish it Gould, but it's close. Yesterday, I sat through a presentation where a guy pitched me a professional, church-oriented texting service with all the bells and whistles...but costing $1,900/year.

Does anyone use a professional service of this kind, and do you think it is worth it?
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I hardly ever pay for things like that. I will pay for some things: good server, buffer, madmimi, if it is worth more that $100 only you would know. What are the bells and whistles and can you try it out for a month?
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Is anyone creating YouVersion live events as a resource for their preaching and teaching? I'd love to see how other people are using it. I just made my first app modules for this past Sunday's sermon. While I was pleased with how it was received/used, I know I'm nowhere near unleashing its potential. 
Close. Welcome to YouVersion Live. YouVersion Live gives you a way to interact with church services and other live events using your mobile device. You can follow along with message outlines and take notes, read related Bible verses and click through to the expanded passage, vote on a poll and ...
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Ohh ahhh . . . a new toy. Thanks for the heads up.
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Bruce Reyes-Chow
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Here's a practical question for you -- What do you all say verbally, written, posted or projected about the use of technology and/or social media during worship or other gatherings?
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I user social media in worship (and as worship) all the time. Allowing and encouraging posts to Twitter, Google plus, Facebook, Instagram, etc; as often as people are moved to do so. I have hosted fb worship sessions, etc. This is a great way to spread the Good News.
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PRESENTATIONS - For those who use powerpoint, keynote or some other presentations platform for worship, teaching, etc. Tips, links, how-to's, don't-do's, etc. to offer to the group?
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+Mary Lynn Tobin Yes, I have a travel pack with multiple adapters, cords, extenders and remotes . . . just in case. You only forget once. Hope it still worked out, and if not --- flannelgraph!
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AJ Mealor

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Hello, my name is A.J. Mealor. I am the Associate Pastor of Youth Ministries at Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian outside of Philadelphia. Look forward to finding ways to use social media and technology as tools for our youth ministry and church.
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Welcome to the group! Sorry we didn't connect more at APCE, but looks like you got yo enjoy some of our sunshine while you were here!
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Catherine Joyce

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Hello my name is Catherine
I have attended the oldest practicing Quaker meeting house in the UK for some years now!  It's probably the loveliest space I've every had the privilege to share with others.
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Welcome to the group. Glad you are part of the group!
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Bruce Reyes-Chow
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Been a while, but here is a quick question for you,  "What are the TOP 5 PHONE APPS that you find yourself using for church stuff?" These don't necessarily have to be social networks, but even for your own productivity or sanity. And, lets keep the Android vs. iPhone smack talk to a minimum ;-)
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Wunderlist, Dropbox, iCal, Twitter and Facebook (on my phone, those 2 are set to teh church accounts only)
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