SECONET EDITION TO BE RELEASE SUMMER 2013
In June of 2012 my first book, The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church was published by Shook Foil Books. Deftly edited by Lisa Rode, I had a great time putting on to paper so much of what I have been talking about with churches over the past few years.
For anyone who has wondered if and how social media can benefit the church, Presbyterian pastor and social media early-adopter Bruce Reyes-Chow steps in with answers. He deftly weaves practical how-to’s with a convincing rationale for why social media matters for the church. Social media novices will find an accessible introduction and ideas for getting started, while more experienced users will discover new ways to use social media in congregations. Readers will learn from Bruce’s experiences managing information overload and navigating social media issues during a pastoral transition. This is a book to pick up for both practical purposes and Bruce’s insightful and inspiring commentary on the ways social media is changing our culture and the church. Learn how social media allows Christians to be in the world in new, powerful, and God-honoring ways.
Are you confused about hashtags, tweets and status updates? This book does a great job providing an introduction to facebook, twitter, and so many other platforms available today, as well as how they can be used in the church. – Dawn L.
Handy resource for all church leaders. I’ve attended a couple Social Media workshops but this resource makes all of them unnecessary.Bruce covers a wide array of the whats and whys of social media tools. He also provides guidance to all congregations who (erroneously) believe that having a Facebook page “will bring the young people back.” Insightful. Practical. All churches need this resource. – J. L. Edmiston
This book lays out a practical plan to follow for many kinds of church missions, relates the author’s own experiences, the pitfalls, but most of all, tells how to do it well. It is very clear, I think others who know nothing about this, will be more inclined to branch out with some success. – Clyde
As a resource, “The Definitive-ish Guide” offers a full glossary of terms and tools, including items like “cloud computing” and “tagging.” In depth, it explores Reyes-Chow’s top five tools: Facebook, blogs, Google docs, Yelp, and Dropbox. With care, he outlines how these tools can be used to support worship, pastoral care, evangelism, education, preaching, congregational life, mission and administration.
This guide will be useful in easing churches into social media practices and making decisions about how best to implement social media tools in their own particular contexts. For me, the most refreshing thing, however, was that Reyes-Chow takes the local church seriously as a real community that can and should grow deeper into a shared life.
This book is just awesome! If your congregation has been resisting social media, I’d encourage you to read this book. Even if your congregation has already been using social media, I think you will find tips and ideas you may not have considered. It is relatively short book written in a very engaging style. I now feel like I have a tool I can give to others to help get them started. I recommend you get a copy today.
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