Social Media – Church examples needed
Graham Richards, our Social Media expert, requests your help in uncovering good practice in local social media use...
With Greenbelt 2011 hosting the first ever Social Media Surgery at a Festival, I was thinking it would be good to have a collection of case studies about churches that are already beginning to embrace this form of communication, which could be shared with the people who come along to the surgery.
The aim of the surgery is to inspire and encourage people to start using these online resources, such as Facebook, Twitter, blogging, Google+, live audio and video streaming, etc, to help further their local ministry, mission and pastoral care. By showing people examples of how this is already taking place in local churches and what outcomes it is achieving, we can help to reinforce this.
If you are part of a church or church project that is already using some form of social media to connect with people locally, please could you write between 200-300 words, explaining
- what it is you are doing
- how it came about
- what is the aim of it
- what sort of outcomes you are seeing
- any problems you have had in getting it started and how you overcame them
I can then put together a simple pack of examples to give to participants who come along to the social media surgery. Please send your case studies to me at: tadeastman(at)gmail(dot)com
The timetable for the social media surgery has now been finalised. There will be seven surgeries in total over the whole weekend, beginning on Friday and ending on Monday afternoon. The times for them are as follows:
It will be advisable for people to book a 30 minute session with a surgeon, in order to ensure you will be seen. This can be done outside the Press Room at the Racecourse (which is the venue for the social media surgery).