Social media for sacred ordinands - a focus on twitter and facebook


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A one hour introduction for ordinands and student ministers delivered at Cranmer Hall, St John's College, Durham, 25 Oct 2012.

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Social media for sacred ordinands - a focus on twitter and facebook

  1. 1. Social media for the scaredsacred ordinandsCranmer Hall/Wesley StudyCentreOctober 2012
  2. 2. Understandinghow the Web 3.0internet has Web 2.0 or Web Xchanged 2006 2011… Internet full of Internet ‘user generated becoming Web 1.0 content’ ie ubiquitous – people integrated into 1996 publishing to the every aspect of Internet like a web – life and accessed giant Yellow videos, blogs from mobiles & Pages or etc. other devices as Encyclopaedia Social well as PCs Only one way Media, two-way communication communication
  3. 3. One-way communication Two-way communicationMany to many communication This means we need to be everywhere – not somewhere!
  4. 4. What is Social Media? They are different tools for: • Communicating • Sharing • Collaborating It’s about people – it’s social
  5. 5. Seeing Social Media in action
  6. 6. Why should Christians or the churchget involved in Social Media? http://bryonytaylor.comImage: Drew Weseman
  7. 7. 1 in 3 people online are on Facebook!50% of UK pensioners are on FacebookGood for:• Keeping in touch• Sharing news stories and media• Organising events• Reaching the ‘hard to reach’
  8. 8. • Facebook profile/timeline• Groups – 3 types: open, closed, secret• Facebook pageIn church ministry think:• One to one discussion = private messages on FB• Church magazine = Facebook page – fully public• Small groups (mums & tots, cells, Alpha) = Facebook groups – can be privateThink: use a Page for outreach and Groups fororganisation, specific groups & pastoral care
  9. 9. How does Twitter work?
  10. 10. The Pope tweeted through Lent!Good for:• Breaking news• Building a network• Sharing pithy statements/quotes• Asking questions – ‘crowdsourcing’• Discipleship eg: wdsourced-wisdom-on- prayer/slideshow
  11. 11. Terminology• Hashtag• @ reply• RT & MT• Home feed• Trending topic• Direct message/messages• 140 characters
  12. 12. What about privacy?• Never think anything you put online is private• You can moderate comments on Facebook etc.• You are responsible for what you share online• You control your own privacy online – each site has settings that you control
  13. 13. What about safeguarding?• Follow the rules of the • Use your own child site you’re using, eg. protection policy – Facebook users must reporting suspicious be over 13 activity in the normal• Always get permission way to share photos/video – easy way around this is to get people to upload their own photos/videos!
  14. 14. My 3 golden rules: Don’t be afraid! Go for it, don’t be timid, you just have to give it a try. Don’t be stupid! Don’t write anything you’d be embarrassed for a loved one or your boss to read! Be yourself! Be authentic, people can spot a fake.
  15. 15. Twitter Facebook@cranmerhall – official WSC/Cranmer Closedcollege twitter account Group:@insidecranmer – for https://www.facebook.cmembers of om/groups/15398848131WSC/Cranmer 0030/@tanner_mark – MarkTanner Cranmer Hall page:@johnschaplain – Kate https://www.facebook.cBruce om/pages/Cranmer-@vahva – Bryony  Hall/148959167228
  16. 16. Some other sites to be aware of
  17. 17. Scenario 1:Jenny just had her little boy baptised atyour church. She comes to your mothersand toddlers group but not to churchservices. She uses Facebook and can accessit on her phone.How could you engage her through socialmedia?
  18. 18. Scenario 2:You are running an Alpha course at church.A number of the participants use socialmedia.How could you use social media both toadvertise the course and keep in touch withparticipants?
  19. 19. Scenario 3:You have a board at the back of churchwhere people can put prayer requests.How could you bring this into the 21stcentury using social media?
  20. 20. 5 marks of mission – how do thesebear out in social media? Proclaim the Good News of the KingdomTeach, baptise and nurture new believers To respond to human need by loving serviceTo seek to transform unjust structures of society To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
  21. 21. Tips for getting started • Don’t run before you can walk • Find out where people are – who in your church is using social media? • Go where your congregation and community are • Use what you’re comfortable with • If possible get a current user to manage your social media accounts • If you set up a social media account be sure someone is responsible for it – you can’t create something and then leave it
  22. 22. Tips for getting started • Once you have accounts, put links on your church noticeboard, posters and on your newsletter • Encourage visitors to go to your social media accounts (blog, twitter, facebook) • Consider how you can use your social media with different groups you run at church – eg. Mother and toddler groups, Alpha etc.
  23. 23. Resources••••••••
  24. 24. Thanks! Keep in touch! http://bryonytaylor.comI’m @vahva on
  25. 25. Image acknowledgements 1. Monkey by coxy on Flickr Flickr2. Change by CPCBrass on Flickr 13. Privacy by The Incredible how on3. Social Media collage by Flickr Kdonovan_gaddy on Flickr 14. Guard by Splutterbug on Flickr4. Tools by zzpza on Flickr 15. Child by Leonid Mamchenkov on5. Web by puliarf on Flickr Flickr6. Tortoise by Mr. Thomas on Flickr 16. Dinner table by Orphan Jones on7. Little Wesley by Drew Weseman Flickr8. Mobile phone by Rakka on Flickr 17. Prayer by bhsher on Flickr9. Facebook by Thos003 by Flickr 18. Start by on Flickr10. Twitter by Rosaura Ochoa on Flickr11. Journal by Curtfleenor on Flickr12. Notice boards by Ingy the Wingy on