SOCIAL MEDIA & THE
CHURCH
Dr Bex Lewis
Research Fellow in Social Media and Online
Learning, CODEC, St John’s, Durham Unive...
Let’s “tweet” each other…“Let’s Tweet Each Other”
SOCIAL Media
Image Credit: Purchased Stockfresh
Social Media: More than
the cherry on the cake!
Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
http://youtu.be/zxpa4dNVd3c
Networks of Networks
Evangelism in a
Digital Age
Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
What does this mean for us?
A Disciple is one who, by
following Jesus, grows in their
faith in Christ and in so doing
mode...
Carl Medearis
Relax, enjoy your friends. Enjoy
their company along with the
company of Jesus. Point him
out, freely, witho...
How do you feel about these?
Cris Rogers
We need to
spend time in
his presence
and then we
will have
something to
say.
Toolbox
http://www.maylor.net/2013
/08/25/social-media-
explained-for-churches
Twitter in Ministry
If you don’t know how to use Twitter, check
https://support.twitter.com/articles/215585
Twitter Spokesperson:
“Twitter brings you
closer to the things
you are passionate
about - and for
millions of people
acros...
Sermon Soundbites
http://bigbible.org.uk/2013/03/looking-for-an-opportunity-changingworship/
http://anglicanmemes.com/2013
/03/25/the-church...
https://twitter.com/biblesummary
https://twitter.com/Natwivity
Facebook in
Ministry
If you don’t know how to use Facebook, check
https://www.facebook.com/help/345121355559712/
Personal Profile
Sharing Settings
Pages
https://www.facebook.com/DigitalBible/info
Page Rules
Reach?
Groups
Events
Blogging in Ministry
If you want to know how to use Wordpress, try
http://www.slideshare.net/drbexl/2013-decblogging-
with...
Pinterest in Ministry
If you don’t know how to use Pinterest, check
http://help.pinterest.com/en/articles
http://www.pinterest.com/kristoff88/youth-work-ideas/
Instagram in
Ministry
If you don’t know how to use Instagram, check
https://help.instagram.com/
http://instagram.com/stevefogg
http://www.stevefogg.com/2013/11/28/instagram-video-church/
YouTube in Ministry
If you don’t know how to use YouTube, check
https://support.google.com/youtube/?hl=en-
GB#topic=4489102
Simple ideas for Video:
•Think of the STORIES you have
to tell, and how you might tell
them –
• Events: Before/After
• Ser...
Create Playlists
http://youtu.be/FpmM02IE6oI
Multiple Voices
http://www.youtube.com/user/lansdownebaptist/featured
Livestream
Considerations for
Youth
Permissions/Consent
• Parent’s permission before
contact
• Consent for use of photographs
• Catchall statement for registr...
Language
• Use clear, unambiguous
language, avoiding
abbreviations that can be mis-
interpreted.
• Take care with sign-off...
Accountability
• Leaders/Young People develop
agreed ‘Internet Guidelines’
• Line manager // access to social
media accoun...
Confidentiality
• Be prepared for ‘deeper’
disclosures
• Be clear on how much
advice/source you can give.
• Add a disclaim...
Boundaries
• Work-specific device?
• Don’t keep images of
young people on
personal devices
• Define curfews
Ref: Paul Wind...
Ethics, Morals &
Values
Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
Image Sources, e.g.
• FREE
• http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons
• http://www.sxc.hu
• http://rgbstock.com
• http://www....
Human Beings
at machines, not
“are machines”
Image Source: Stockfresh
Who might read it?
•God
•Parents
•‘The kids’
•The newspaper
•Your worst enemy
Image Credit: Stockfresh
H.A.L.T.
If you are Hungry,
Angry, Lonely or Tired,
step away from the
keyboard/keypad and
deal with that issue
first.
htt...
Think of the Consequences
It seems obvious, but sometimes
that anger isn’t apparent until we
see the hurt reaction from ou...
What does it mean
to share with grace,
care and love?
http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/10/evangelism-through-story/
Image Credit: Andrew Flynn
Image Source: iStockphoto
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  1. 1. SOCIAL MEDIA & THE CHURCH Dr Bex Lewis Research Fellow in Social Media and Online Learning, CODEC, St John’s, Durham University Director, Digital Fingerprint
  2. 2. Let’s “tweet” each other…“Let’s Tweet Each Other”
  3. 3. SOCIAL Media
  4. 4. Image Credit: Purchased Stockfresh Social Media: More than the cherry on the cake!
  5. 5. Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
  6. 6. http://youtu.be/zxpa4dNVd3c
  7. 7. Networks of Networks
  8. 8. Evangelism in a Digital Age Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
  9. 9. What does this mean for us? A Disciple is one who, by following Jesus, grows in their faith in Christ and in so doing models and teaches Christians the precepts of the Bible, prayer, doctrine, relationship, Christian living, service, and worship, to name the main ones. http://www.discipleshiptools.org/pages.asp?pageid=65405 @bigbible #digidisciple
  10. 10. Carl Medearis Relax, enjoy your friends. Enjoy their company along with the company of Jesus. Point him out, freely, without fear or intimidation. You’re not responsible to sell him to them. You’re simply saying what you’ve seen. You're not the judge. You’re the witness.
  11. 11. How do you feel about these?
  12. 12. Cris Rogers We need to spend time in his presence and then we will have something to say.
  13. 13. Toolbox
  14. 14. http://www.maylor.net/2013 /08/25/social-media- explained-for-churches
  15. 15. Twitter in Ministry If you don’t know how to use Twitter, check https://support.twitter.com/articles/215585
  16. 16. Twitter Spokesperson: “Twitter brings you closer to the things you are passionate about - and for millions of people across the globe that is faith.” http://news.sky.com/story/1022800/senior-bishops-to-tweet- christmas-sermons
  17. 17. Sermon Soundbites
  18. 18. http://bigbible.org.uk/2013/03/looking-for-an-opportunity-changingworship/ http://anglicanmemes.com/2013 /03/25/the-church-of-england- goes-to-hollywood-the-best-of- churchofenglandfilms/
  19. 19. https://twitter.com/biblesummary
  20. 20. https://twitter.com/Natwivity
  21. 21. Facebook in Ministry If you don’t know how to use Facebook, check https://www.facebook.com/help/345121355559712/
  22. 22. Personal Profile
  23. 23. Sharing Settings
  24. 24. Pages
  25. 25. https://www.facebook.com/DigitalBible/info Page Rules
  26. 26. Reach?
  27. 27. Groups
  28. 28. Events
  29. 29. Blogging in Ministry If you want to know how to use Wordpress, try http://www.slideshare.net/drbexl/2013-decblogging- with-word-press-for-digidisciple
  30. 30. Pinterest in Ministry If you don’t know how to use Pinterest, check http://help.pinterest.com/en/articles
  31. 31. http://www.pinterest.com/kristoff88/youth-work-ideas/
  32. 32. Instagram in Ministry If you don’t know how to use Instagram, check https://help.instagram.com/
  33. 33. http://instagram.com/stevefogg
  34. 34. http://www.stevefogg.com/2013/11/28/instagram-video-church/
  35. 35. YouTube in Ministry If you don’t know how to use YouTube, check https://support.google.com/youtube/?hl=en- GB#topic=4489102
  36. 36. Simple ideas for Video: •Think of the STORIES you have to tell, and how you might tell them – • Events: Before/After • Sermons: Quick Overviews/Responses • People & Their Lives • What can you “How To”?
  37. 37. Create Playlists
  38. 38. http://youtu.be/FpmM02IE6oI Multiple Voices
  39. 39. http://www.youtube.com/user/lansdownebaptist/featured Livestream
  40. 40. Considerations for Youth
  41. 41. Permissions/Consent • Parent’s permission before contact • Consent for use of photographs • Catchall statement for registration forms – assumes opt-in unless opt-out. Ref: Paul Windo, Urban Saints
  42. 42. Language • Use clear, unambiguous language, avoiding abbreviations that can be mis- interpreted. • Take care with sign-offs Ref: Paul Windo, Urban Saints
  43. 43. Accountability • Leaders/Young People develop agreed ‘Internet Guidelines’ • Line manager // access to social media accounts • Second leader ‘in the room’ • Save messages/disclosures for use later if required. Ref: Paul Windo, Urban Saints
  44. 44. Confidentiality • Be prepared for ‘deeper’ disclosures • Be clear on how much advice/source you can give. • Add a disclaimer on how you might need to share their information. Ref: Paul Windo, Urban Saints
  45. 45. Boundaries • Work-specific device? • Don’t keep images of young people on personal devices • Define curfews Ref: Paul Windo, Urban Saints
  46. 46. Ethics, Morals & Values Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
  47. 47. Image Sources, e.g. • FREE • http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons • http://www.sxc.hu • http://rgbstock.com • http://www.freebibleimages.org • PAID • http://theworshipcloud.com (Christian) • http://stockfresh.com/ • http://iStockPhoto.com • See: http://bigbible.org.uk/about/policies/image-policy/ for more Image Credit: Stockfresh
  48. 48. Human Beings at machines, not “are machines” Image Source: Stockfresh
  49. 49. Who might read it? •God •Parents •‘The kids’ •The newspaper •Your worst enemy Image Credit: Stockfresh
  50. 50. H.A.L.T. If you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired, step away from the keyboard/keypad and deal with that issue first. http://redcatco.com/communication/stop-posting-social-media/ @BenjaminEllis
  51. 51. Think of the Consequences It seems obvious, but sometimes that anger isn’t apparent until we see the hurt reaction from our unintended victims, and by that point the damage is done, with the evidence there for all to see. And no, deleting the tweets later doesn’t help (hello Kanye West). At best you are going to end up looking a bit silly. http://redcatco.com/communication/stop-posting-social-media/ @BenjaminEllis
  52. 52. What does it mean to share with grace, care and love?
  53. 53. http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/10/evangelism-through-story/ Image Credit: Andrew Flynn
  54. 54. Image Source: iStockphoto

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