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Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2013
From the Foreword
In many ways, the church is blazing new paths with social media. Now is the time to do a new thing, to proclaim God's word in new and exciting ways. It is good to read about social media; it is good to think about how you're going to move forward. Sooner or later the time will come when you just have to take the plunge. The Social Media Gospel will help you!- Rev. David Hansen, ELCA Pastor
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and a growing number of other social media tools can help you build church, deepen faith, and extend your reach in previously unimaginable ways. In this easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide to digital ministry, church communications professional Meredith Gould goes beyond how to and explains, why to engage your parish in the world of social media.
Social media tools make it possible to share conversations and content with the long-time faithful, disaffected millennials, the homebound, and spiritual seekers within and beyond church-the-building.
Inspired by the Gospel and centered on Christ, The Social Media Gospel gently guides you and your church leaders and volunteers through the rapidly changing world of social media, helping you preach the Good News in new ways.
Meredith Gould, PhD, is a digital strategist with well over a decade of hands-on experience with communications at al levels of church across denominations. She's the author of eight books about faith and everyday life. Her book The Word Made Fresh: Communicating Church and Faith Today (Morehouse) helped establish church communication as a vital ministry. Dr. Gould is the founder and lead moderator of the weekly ecumenical Twitter- based chat about church social media (#chsocm), serves on the External Advisory Board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, and is nationally known for her passionate advocacy of using these tools wisely and well for ministry. Learn more at her website: www.meredithgould.com.
Internet Evangelism DayAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Vital guide for social mediaJuly 13, 2013Internet Evangelism DayAge: 55-65Gender: maleMeredith Gould is the person behind the #chsocm hashtag, covering all things church social media. So Dr Gould knows her stuff! She is an established author, sociologist and social media consultant, with digital experience going back to when the Web began. But this is not an academic book - it's highly readable, laced with whimsical humor - and is a valuable introduction to any church leader or member who is considering whether, or how, to start out or develop a social media strategy.
Gould assumes readers have no previous knowledge or experience of social media, and leads us through an explanation of social media and digital community, with learning styles and theology thrown in. We are shown how to choose social media options, make them work effectively, and integrate into existing church ministry.
However this is not only a book for social media newbies - even churches and Christians with considerable social media experience will find vital new insights and ideas here. 'Thought Bytes' questions at the end of each chapter provide an valuable framework for a church leadership or communications team to crystallize thinking, ideas and strategies.
Of course, as with any book subject, Meredith may not cover every possible aspect of the topic - that's why we always need to read around the insights of a number of authors! But this title should definitely go on your wish list. It will prove highly valuable for any church or individual Jesus-follower wishing to be more effective online for the Kingdom.