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Top 25 Social Media Platforms to Use in Church and Ministry


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This is a first run at a Top 25 list as shared at the 2013 Church Planters Academy in MN.

This is a first run at a Top 25 list as shared at the 2013 Church Planters Academy in MN.

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  • Brilliant list. I am not sure if this is relevant to your original brief, but a social fund raising category my be another option to be mentioned?
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  • @BradRussell2 Feel free to email me breyeschowatgemaildotcom. I am a little behind in keeping up, but would be willing to chat a bit.
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  • Great list Bruce! I'd love to give you a demo of, our new social network for faith experiences. The unique site combines a free community-building platform for churches with a content publishing, hosting and resource platform. As a former church planter myself, we have built a robust feature set that offers great value to new churches.—Brad Russell, Sr. Editor,
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  • 1. top 25 Social Media and ministry church planters academy 2013 Bruce Reyes-Chow | @breyeschow 1
  • 2. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW technology will pass you by and that’s okay social media is just another medium of communication social media is contextual and equalizing posture of ministry is more important than technical mastery social media will not do as much as hope it will you probably won’t break the internet 2
  • 3. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW Social Media Platforms Google: +, huddle, hangout, drive, voice, mail, docs, calendars Blogging: typepad, wordpress, blogger, tumblr, Networks: twitter, FB, linkedin, Google+, nextdoor, MySpace Media:, goodreads, pandora, spotify, iheartradio Photo: instagram, flickr, smugmug, picasa, snapchat Video: vimeo, youtube, huddle, vine Convos: skype, hangout,, oovoo, gotomeeting, kik Productivity: dropbox, slideshare, doodle, wufoo Reviews: yelp, amazon, foursquare, google, miso, getglue, eNewsletters: madmimi, mailchimp, constant contact Location: foursquare, yelp, places, banjo Curating: pinterest,, buffer, storify 3
  • 4. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW Areas of evaluation CREATIVITY unleashing and supporting artistry? COMMUNICATION with messaging and delivery of content? CONNECTION building community and interactivity? CURATION gathering and sharing content? COORDINATION with organization and productivity? CONTEMPLATION personal reflection and spiritual practices? 4
  • 5. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES UPDATES to share content and express personality LISTS to “like” happenings of ministry participants. GROUPS to have community based discussions. Facebook Profiles 5
  • 6. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES UPDATES to share content (Public Radio Model) ADMINS to share posting responsibility and diversity EVENTS to generate interest and awareness Facebook Pages 6
  • 7. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES Create lists to keep up community members Follow local orgs and businesses for news and local happenings Connect to things outside context for curation Use hashtags to connect beyond current followers Twitter 7
  • 8. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES Collect image and liturgy for a season: Lent, Easters, etc. Discover educational ideas: workshop rotation, adults etc. Gather sermon material Curate trusted content to share with the community. Pinterest 8
  • 9. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES Find and curate content for consumption and distribution. 9
  • 10. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES Have folks review your church and ministry as a new word of mouth. Connect with others in the community through reviews and checking in Be where people are searching for life services. Yelp 10
  • 11. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES Set dates Take simple polls Share decision making Relieve stress Positive peer pressure Doodle 11
  • 12. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES Check into ministry location Leave tips for future visitors Connect with local orgs Save some money Foursquare 12
  • 13. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES Cloud based storage Back-up and share photos Group document storage Presentation sharing Dropbox 13
  • 14. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES Coordinate personal and professional schedules Embed low-maintenance calendar into a website integrated with other google apps gCal 14
  • 15. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES Connect with actual neighbors Coordinate neighborhood gatherings Stay up-to-date about things that matter: crime, pets, activities, etc. Nextdoor 15
  • 16. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES Prayer Groups Staff Teams Parent Notification Youth Communication 16
  • 17. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES Effective posting patterns Buffered and scheduled Night owls and early birds 17
  • 18. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES Book Groups Suggested and reviewed New books finds Free electronic books Goodreads 18
  • 19. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW USES Link to online version Track actual interaction Save some money Good alt to emailed PDFs Madmimi 19
  • 20. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW And the rest ... WUFOO: clean looking forms and surveys INSTAGRAM: short video and picture sharing HOOTSUITE: social media management YOUTUBE: video creation and sharing SPOTIFY: music sharing GOOGLE DRIVE: for document and file creation, back-up and sharing SMUGMUG: picture organizing and sharing BIT.LY: link shortening, tracking and QRCodes TUMBLR: follower-based blogging and sharing WORDPRESS for robust long-term blogging ON THE BUBBLE ๏ pocket ๏ google+ ๏ snapchat ๏ yoono ๏ vine ๏ linkedin ๏ flipboard ๏ skype ๏ vimeo ๏ stumbleupon ๏ flickr ๏ everything else google 20
  • 21. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW Social Media Postures be with people: tinker with the betas, but join in where folks are already be you: appropriate, honest, consistent just as you would be in real life (IRL) be interactive: engage, comment, respond, inquire, link and like be mindful: Most people lurk and observe without ever interacting. be humble/bold: don’t underestimate the influence of your thinking, but avoid delusions of grandeur be npr: earn the right to shill PHOTO BY JACKHEART 21
  • 22. #CPA13 | @BREYESCHOW Questions and Comments Questions, Comments, Reflections Connect with Bruce twitter/breyeschow facebook/breyeschowpage linkedin/breyeschow instagram/breyeschow pinterest/breyeschow slideshare/breyeschow THE DEFINITIVE-ISH GUIDE FOR USING SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE CHURCH THANKS FOR COMING! 22