Oh, did you expect me to say yes? To sell you on the undeniable need for developing a social media platform? To convince you that if you don’t start tweeting, your influence is going down in flames? Let me elaborate.
Things are changing rapidly in the world of communications tools. I’m even writing a book about how to communicate an unchanging gospel in such a rapidly changing world. On LinkedIn’s blog, Ilya Pozin shared 9 trends entrepreneurs need to watch in 2013, and four of them (my first four below) jumped out at me concerning the world of church communications.
The people at MBAonline.com have put together a detailed infographic representing what happens in a 24 hour life cycle on the internet. It’s fascinating, but even more, it’s important for church leaders to “know the times” and understand how churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike tend to think, interact, communication, and consume information. So study it well…
Just a note: This is one of those self-reflective, more-to-myself-than-to-you posts.
Come on. Die already – social media conferences, social media blogs, and conversations about social media conferences and blogs. Are you with me? (I actually enjoy conferences, but I’m trying to appeal to the side of you that’s a bit like me sometimes – overly saturated with this stuff.)
Today I’m talking to Saddleback Church’s staff in more general terms (last week it was all about using Twitter) about how to implement social media within their own ministry areas. I love that we’re having this conversation. Rather than expecting a particular team within the church to “handle” communication and media, we’re empowering the masses.
Communications is what we do. It’s how we spread the gospel, disciple believers, and connect the disconnected in relationships with God and each other. We tell, shout, herald, preach, and evangelize the world. We communicate.
I won a book, Attention! This Book Will Make You Money!. It’s a book about how to use attention-getting online marketing to increase your revenue, by Jim Kukral. I read it in a couple of hours and it held my attention throughout, which is a really good start for a book on this topic!
MediaSalt (an excellent resource for church communications) just published an article I wrote called “Giving Your Communications Roots and Wings.” It’s a message about how our very timeless message needs to be timely as well. We live in a very real-time culture, which has produced a very real-time web. Can you keep up and keep your feet on the ground at the same time? Head to MediaSalt to read Giving Your Communications Roots and Wings.