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The Growth of Social Media [Infographic]

Can you effectively lead a church without being on Facebook? It may not be such a dumb question, in my opinion. Can you lead, teach, and shepherd without technology? Sure. But can you infiltrate the culture with the gospel while walking in a circle of avoidance around the culture? To put it another way, can you snub the local favorite coffee shop and still relate to the people around you? So the question is, are the people you want to reach showing up online? Let's …

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Value the Shrapnel

This afternoon I met with some thinkers at Saddleback Church to talk about using social media in ministry. While we were meeting, a thought hit me and I started scribbling in my Moleskine... After I finished with my chicken scratch (a southern term for doodling, scribbling, and designing innovative flowcharts), I snapped a pic and posted it on Facebook and Twitter. This obviously evoked a number of requests for translations into English (since few people actually read …

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Seven Ways Twitter Will Improve Your Preaching and Teaching

John Calvin published 22 volumes of commentaries on the Bible and Martin Lloyd-Jones published 9 volumes on Romans alone. What if you could remove all of the non-essential language, antiquated stories, and strip all of that knowledge down to some bite-sized, transportable truths? There is certainly room for argument against such condensation of historic works, but we have to realize that we live in a society inundated with more information in a day than Calvin consumed in a …

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Get More Social by Listening to Your Community

Yesterday, we kicked off the first day of Saddleback's annual conference for church leaders, Radicalis. (In fact, you can still see it for free at Radicalis.com for free with the code "RADRICK11".) One of my responsibilities is monitoring the social networking streams for mentions of our conference using the #rad11 hashtag. It's been very cool to see the real-time feedback coming from our community of conference enthusiasts. …

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I’m Going Split-Personality on Facebook

Even though I think Twitter is mo' funner, I recognize that Facebook has probably the greater potential to be used for personal networking. My wife thinks Twitter is boring even though she recognizes its potential as a place for professional connections and conversation to happen. Because I'm accustomed to how Twitter works, I tend to use Facebook in a similar way (though with far fewer posts). …

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Can Social Media Contribute to a Jesus Revolution?

Jeff Gibson is an extremely intelligent guy who advises heads of state and leaders of corporation about messaging, marketing, and many other things I'll never fully understand. Chris Forbes has been a leader in missions for as long as I've been a Pastor and was actually the very first person I ever followed on Twitter. The two of them and I participated in a little discussion with our friend, Jon Walker about the role of social media in a cultural revolution. The post is …

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Mini-Book Release: Using Twitter for Ministry

I've had this thought for a year now, I'd love to release a little book with some information on using Twitter for Ministry, but a hectic schedule has prevented me from doing so. But here it is - Twitter for Ministry. I recount the story of how Twitter has affected my own life and a few of the unique opportunities that have opened up as a result of using it. I also offer some basic "getting started" tips, some guiding principles, and some explanation about how I'm using …

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MarketMe Suite: An Impressive, Multi-Column, Brand-Friendly Twitter Client

Multi-column Twitter clients are a social media enthusiast's best friend, and one of the newest kids on the block is MarketMe Suite, a rising star when it comes to Twitter clients. …

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Facebook Versus Everything Else

This is a random thought. It's not backed up with research - it's just the product of my own hunch about the web. Facebook represents kind of a one world order when it comes to information and socialization. You can live inside of it and not really interact too much with the outside world. You can blog there, comment there, post photos and videos there, and meet new friends and old faces alike. It's a world. Then there is the rest of the web, which grows increasingly …

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8 Multi-Column Twitter Clients

Sometimes you just need to see more of the social landscape at one time. The new Twitter.com is great. It has its advantages, but when you're managing multiple accounts or monitoring multiple topics, you may want to be able to glance quickly across multiple columns so that your eyes can sort the signals more efficiently. Thankfully, there are plenty of multi-column Twitter clients available. I'm listing them in the order of my favorites, with some notes from my experience of …

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