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 see…

The Growth of Social Media

Source: Search Engine Journal.

I don’t know… maybe it’s starting to take off…

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…

Social Media Flow

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 chicken scratch) so as promised, I’m offering here some explanation about what I jotted down.

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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 year.

In other words, the ability to be succinct and concise is worth gold when communicating truth in today’s culture. And Twitter helps. The ability to write volumes of words is impressive, but possibly not as impressive as the ability to take a deep and complex theological truth or spiritual application and package it in 140 characters or less.

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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 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?

Viva la RevolutionJeff 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.

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Mini-Book Release: Using Twitter for Ministry

Twitter for MinistryI’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 built-in Twitter tools for ministry purposes.

I’m offering it for $10 giving it away. So take a look…

Twitter for Ministry

If you’ve read it, feel free to rave about it below or share a testimony of how Twitter has been useful in your ministry.