Monday Wake Up

Recently I’ve been thinking about what it means for a church to go from a non-existent web presence, to creating a well-oiled social media and web presence. Many times a church wants to see immediate results. I fall into that trap as well. Social media almost begs immediate results, but those results may not come immediately, and you have to be okay with that. Gasp! Yes, I said it. You have to be okay with not seeing immediate results. I talk more about what defines ‘results’ in social media for a church here.

If you are starting a web and social media presence for your church, what are some things that you struggle with?

In other news, my wife and I went to our first Blues bar here in Chicago this past weekend, and it was a blast! To be honest I know nothing about Blues music, but to be able to sit and see a blues band play live was alot of fun. You can check out quick Vine video I took here.

Some famous blues musician

Some famous blues musician

In Later News…

  • In the month of March Nil Smith is hosting a Social Media Guide for Ministry book tour. The tour will be multiple online events over that will focus on different aspects of social media for ministry. It looks intriguing to me, so I signed up. You might want to check it out as well.
  • LifeChurch.tv does an awesome job in this blog post of breaking down the progression of 1. How church online impacts and changes lives, And 2. How a volunteer in church online can be used by God to change someone’s life. How are you communicating these stories of life-change in order to inspire others in your church to get involved? This is an amazing example.
  • I feel like I’m linking to Tim Peters at least once per week now, but it’s because he’s producing some killer content. Checkout this interview with Scott McClellan on how to identify and share the story of your church.
  • With all of the different boxes and dimensions of photos on Facebook Pages now it can sometimes be hard to keep them all straight. I found a helpful compilation of dimensions for different boxes and photos on Facebook Pages (or at least for the time being, until Facebook changes something). Do you customize your links and photos of your church’s Facebook Page to fit into these dimensions?
  • I think one of the facets of ministry that is lacking in the church today is leadership development. Mike Anderson points out that this may be because we’re afraid of losing people. Do you think this is true? He highlights an amazing quote in his post here.
  • Seth Godin wrote a great post this past week about being open, generous, and connected. He poses that these are three things that you should find at a conference. I completely agree with him, and I think that much of this is dependent on how much of these things you’re actually producing yourself. So the next time you go to a conference ask yourself, “How open, generous, and connected am I being right now?” Because if you’re not exemplifying those characteristics then you’re surely not going to find them in other people.
  • Speaking of conferences, STORY Chicago just launched their new website and it’s pretty awesome. This has become one of my favorite conferences each year, and I’m really looking forward to it this year as Ben Arment is trying something a bit different this year by hosting it in a true festival environment in several venues throughout the city of Chicago. Check it out and if you’re a creative in the church or doing church communications, you should definitely check it out. You can also checkout all of my notes from past Story conferences here (2012), here (2011) and here (2010).
  • Finally, Jason Fried and DHH, the guys behind the awesome book called Rework, are going to be releasing a new book called ‘Remote’ in the fall. You can read more about it here, but it is going to talk about how effective and easy it is to run a business and to hire employees remotely. How much of this can or should we be implementing in the church? What are your thoughts?

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