social media ministry

Social Media Church Basics

A few months ago I was in Southern California having a cup of coffee with my friend Jay Kranda after speaking at a Conference in the area. One of the things I shared with Jay was the consistent feedback that I would get after one of the conferences where someone would say: "Do you have this recorded somewhere, because I really wish ______ could have been here to hear this." Jay and I decided over that cup of coffee that we should record something like this making available a full-day Social Media Conference On-Demand where the Q & A never ended. On that day we set a day to record, laid out a basic outline, and got to work creating what we now call the Social Media Church Basics.  

As we prepared for this course, I began looking back as it was about 3 years ago that I began writing my book Social Media Guide for Ministry. The landscape has changed significantly and I no longer have to sell social media as a force, but I still need to coach people on how to get started and understanding the basics. That's what this course is all about. I would describe this as the 2.0 version of my book distributed in video this time rather than text. It also includes my good friend, Jay Kranda, which makes this a major upgrade!

In case you're not already familiar with Jay, he is the Online Campus Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forrest California as well as my co-host of the Social Media Church Podcast.  He also wrote a book about Social Media titled Social Media Made Easy. He's a great guy who gets social media and ministry and knows how to communicate it in a very practical way.  

So, back to the course.  The course is simple consisting of about 6 video training sessions from Jay and I lasting about 30 minutes each.  Each session also includes a discussion board where we're expecting very lively Q & A. When you sign up for the course you get lifetime access to the course including ongoing updates and ongoing community through the Discussion Boards where Jay and I will both actively participate answering every question asked in a timely manner.  

Here's a layout of the 6 sessions:

  1. Getting Started with Social Media
  2. Getting to Know Facebook
  3. Understanding the Other Social Networks
  4. Creating Great Content
  5. Managing Social Media
  6. Wrap Up/Tips & Tricks

If you feel like this course will help you and your church, I hope you won't hesitate to jump right in. As this is our first course and we are wanting to get as many people registered for it as possible, we are offering it at 50% off from now until the end of the year.  So, that means that this $50 course, is available right now for $25! To read more or sign up for the course simply click the button below!

If you have any questions at all simply comment and I would love to answer them. I hope the first question you have for me will be in the course though!

FREE Webinar: Discover the Top 3 Social Networks

Back By Popular Demand!

Social media (Facebook, Twitter etc...) can feel a little overwhelming to a busy pastor or ministry leaders. Perhaps you've thought, "I know I should be using if for my church, but I don't know where to start!" This webinar will help you narrow the field to the top 3 social media networks that will help you grow your ministry.

What You'll learn:

  • An overview of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to understand how to utilize them, and the difference they'll make in your ministry.
  • How to practically use these three platforms in a church setting.
  • Engaging examples of how churches have used social media to change lives. 

Presented by Nils Smith

Nils is the Social Media Pastor at Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas. In July, 2010 Nils helped to launch the OnlineChurch.com community that has grown to over 15,000 in weekly online worship attendance with services in both English and Spanish. They've also launched Online LifeGroups and have an active Facebook community of over 500,000 people from all over the world.

If you can't make the webinar time be sure to register anyway, we'll send you a link of the recording to watch afterward.

Webinar will be approximately 50 minutes in length. Click the button below to register for free!

Wed, September 9, 2015 9:00 AM PST / 10:00 AM MDT / 11:00 AM CST / 12 Noon EST

Join me at the eConnect Conference

eConnect Conference
eConnect Conference

I would love for you to join me at the eConnect Conference on January 29-31, 2014 in beautiful Loveland, CO.  Group is hosting this event where we will be discussing how to use online tools for greater ministry impact.  I'm also very excited to be joined by my good friend Jason Caston, author of the iChurch Method v. 1 & 2 and soon to be good friend, Brian Abbott.

At this event we will discuss social media, websites, mobile apps, and how all of these things translate to becoming effective ministry tools.  I can't wait for the conversations that will be had and hope you will be a part.  Click here for more information and to register for this exciting event!

Book Tour - Facebook Foundations

Facebook now has over 1 billion users worldwide which can provide great value to almost every ministry or waste a lot of time if you don’t know how to use the platform effectively.  Understanding the capabilities of this network, as well as developing a practical strategy, can translate to very valuable ministry.  I will share tips and tricks for using Facebook both personally and organizationally by sharing his personal experiences and how the Online Church Facebook page has grown to over 250,000 fans. Session Interview with Jason Caston, author of The iChurch Method and Internet Church Developer at TD Jakes Ministries.

Facebook Foundations - Social Media Guide For Ministry Day 2 from Nils Smith on Vimeo.

If you have not purchased the Social Media Guide for Ministry you can find it on Amazon here.

If you have purchased and read the book if you would please leave a review on Amazon here.

If you have any questions about this session please leave a comment and I would love to answer any question that you might have.