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The Growth of Social Media [Infographic]

The Growth of Social Media

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 …

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Value the Shrapnel

Social Media Flow

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 …

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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 …

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Get More Social by Listening to Your Community

MarketMe Suite

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 …

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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 …

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Can Social Media Contribute to a Jesus Revolution?

Viva la 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 …

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Mini-Book Release: Using Twitter for Ministry

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 …

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

MarketMe Suite

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, …

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8 Multi-Column Twitter Clients

Seesmic Multi-Column Twitter Client

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 …

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