We all know that social media has some data privacy issues and many users are feeling more than sour about using them, especially in the church.

Not to mention your reach is probably like, less than 5% on your FB page posts. So what do we do?

Enter the private, online community of Discord!

And here are two guys from BlackBar who can tell you all about how to use it, Zach and Caleb! I think that Discord is a must for kids and student ministry digital communities now and in the future, may become more and more important for adults as well.

If you're considering creating your own private, online community for your church outside of Facebook or Slack, you need to hear what these guys have to say about Discord and see what they're doing on their own servers.

 

LINKS

BlkBar on Discord / YouTube / Instagram / Facebook

Church Comm Team

You don't want to miss this! Ok, maybe you do, but you shouldn't. In fact, we may be contributing to a major problem in the church and culture with that simple phrase and ideology: the inability to observe Biblical rest.

Rhythms and patterns in our lives help regulate our physical, emotional, and psychological health. In this episode, James Kelly, CEO of FaithTech, the creators of Digital Sabbath helps us understand how to incorporate rest in our routines, especially taking rest from technology and social media. 

What if the church led the way in helping people practice Sabbath? Learn more in this episode!

Links

Digital Sabbath

FaithTech

ChurchComm Team

What constitutes Biblical fellowship? Are there any reasons we should break fellowship with one another? I've watched my guest, George Holleway, navigate conversations online as the pastor of his church for the last 2 years. 

Fellowship is more than sitting down to eat together. In this episode, I have a very in-depth conversation with a pastor in the trenches of ministry about how to be in fellowship with people who drive you nuts and maybe believe different things than you.

Links

Church Comm Team

George on Instagram

 

 

The great resignation is taking its toll on the American workforce and this is one instance where the church is NOT exempt.

This week on the podcast we're talking to Brooke Hodnefield from Slingshot Group about the HR situation as well as how churches can better examine what it means to work and minister today from a practical and Biblical perspective.

From office hours, setting healthy boundaries, and remote work, we look at what is working, what is not working, and where we go from here in this exciting episode of The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast!

Links

Slingshot Group

Slingshot on Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn

Church Comm Team

 

The definition of a Biblical "gathering" today has expanded. We are going to look at the Biblical definition of gathering, also called worship, and see how (or if) it can be applied to online and digital spaces!

Hebrews 10:25 has been the primary Scripture that many have used to push back against church online. Meanwhile, many churches are forced to respond to the realities of the pandemic. Now on the backend of the pandemic, churches are faced with a decision: how do we go forward with the digital expression of the church now that people are starting to come back?

They have responded one of three ways: 1) Go back to prioritizing in-person and simply streaming services to FB/YT, 2) Going all-in with a hybrid approach to in-person and online services, or 3) going back to prioritizing in-person services while attempting an online strategy with no extra resources, manpower, or attention from leadership.

Our Guest today is no stranger to the controversy surrounding the issue of what the future of the online church may look like. After being published in an article by a major news network, the passion of all sides of the issue came out in the comments!

It’s been a long journey for Dave Adamson to today, as we near the release of his forthcoming book on the subject called Discipleclick: How to use digital ministry to reach people and make disciples.

Links

Dave on Twitter / Instagram

Go HERE to learn more about Dave's Discipleclick book

Church Comm Team 

It has been a good break over the last several months but we are coming back strong in February of 2022! We are switching our format, focusing on hybrid church strategies, and bringing in the heavy-hitters in the digital church space to help you and your team reach more people in the new era of the church.

Subscribe to this podcast and don't forget to join the email list, where you'll get a free download of our Major Messaging Calendar, the tool we give our Church Comm Team clients to help them organize all their communications, from sermon series to events, to the emails going out each week!

Important links in this episode

churchcommteam.com

sethmuse.com/calendar

sethmuse.com/88ideas

THE SEMINARY OF HARD KNOCKS PODCAST with Seth Muse and Meagan Ranson
Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

 

This very important episode is a very honest conversation with my friend Jason Caston. Aside from his many communications credentials including Daystar, AT&T, and writing his own books and strategies, he has a very poignant perspective on how racism has been and is currently being dealt with in the church. Can we heal? Can we move forward? We have hope. But first, we have to talk about some things. 

 

In this Episode:

  • How has the black community interpreted the response to racism from the white community?
  • What steps can we take to healing?
  • What exactly is "white privilege?" 
  • Have recent events polarized us in the church racially in ways we cannot recover from?

LINKS

Jason on Instagram
The iChurch Method

 

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

THE SEMINARY OF HARD KNOCKS PODCAST with Seth Muse and Meagan Ranson
Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

 

The church is facing a crisis of identity at this point in time. As we deal with civil unrest, racism, and divisiveness in our churches over multiple issues, Nik is one of those guys who always seems to have a clear heading. This is a very frank and powerful conversation with a creative who understands how art and beauty can lead us to truth in the church and creative space.

 

In this Episode:

  • How art and design can help us communicate as well as process pain.
  • Thoughts on current events and the church concerning racism.

LINKS

CRTV Facebook Group

CRTV Instagram

CRTV conferences

 

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

THE SEMINARY OF HARD KNOCKS PODCAST with Seth Muse and Meagan Ranson
Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

What if there were a way to reach people online in a real way? If you are church planting in 2020 (or dealing with a viral outbreak), planning for the digital church is a much bigger deal. Join me as I talk to Jeff Reed from Stadia Church Planting!

LINKS

Jeff on Twitter
Stadia Church Planting
The Church Digital Podcast
Episode 76: Is online church "real" church w/ Jay Kranda of Saddleback

OTHER GREAT LINKS

The InstaSummit!

This free online summit will help church communicators master Instagram over three days of intense training! Get your free ticket HERE or upgrade to the Later pass for on-demand access.

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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Here's part 2 of my conversation with Adam McLaughlin, who recently wrote an insightful article about the way overwhelming stress affects communications professionals. This conversation is an important one for pastors and comms directors to start having because our experience is a little different than that of a minister.

Links

Adam's Website (The article in question)
Adam on Twitter
Fresh Idea Marketing 
5 Dysfunctions of a Team book 
Leadership and Self-Deception book

Dreamers vs. Doers podcast

Podcast gear! Seminarystuff.com is live!

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

More Church Comms on my YouTube channel
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Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

In this week's episode, I talk with Jonathan Malm, author of Unwelcome: 50 ways churches drive away first time visitors and now, The Come Back Effect: How hospitality can compel your church's guests to return. We discuss the future of the church and some of the technology changes that growing churches are embracing and declining churches are not. He's a fun guy to hang out with, so don't miss this conversation!

Links from the Show:

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

Find the show notes at www.sethmuse.com/57 

In this week's episode, I'm diving into 5 Attitudes of Successful Church Communicators. You can measure your follower growth and reach, but how do you measure your influence? You'll need that to get a lot of things done at your church. Lemme break it down for you real nice.

By the By, I'm Speaking at a Free Conference Soon

Catch me at That Church Summit May 23-25, 2018. Go to thatchurchsummit.com to register for free!

Links from the Show:

Join the Seminary of Hard Knocks Facebook group at sethmuse.com/group

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts
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The Seminary of Hard Knocks can help you make better ministry leadership decisions with confidence and clarity!

This week, Lucas Kitchen, of QuestionsFromAtheists.com, stops by to talk with me about how the church can reach non-believers with the Gospel online. That may sound like an impossibility, but Lucas has had some success and shares his ideas with us.

Find Questions from Atheists online:

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Twitter

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If something like the whistling theme from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly plays in your head when you go into “spiritual discussion mode,” then you probably are doing more damage than good.

Unfortunately, many spiritual conversations end up in arguments over dinosaurs on the ark or whether or not Jonah was really swallowed by a fish instead of the real issue of sin and our need for Jesus.

But it’s not just because Christians are bad at civil conversation. It’s because everyone is bad at civil conversation.

The next time you’re headed into a creation vs. evolution argument, give my (non-Buddhist) 8-fold path to a great spiritual conversation a shot.

The blog this episode is based on can be found here.

The show notes for this episode can be found here.

Click here for your free ebook!

Justin Bass  helps us to answer those who have objections to a few aspects of Christianity. In this episode, we talk about how to answer those who say the Bible is written too late and was changed over time, those who say Jesus never rose from the dead, and those who say Jesus never claimed to be God. Dr. Bass has debated publically on these topics and carries a doctorate in New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, where he is an adjunct professor. Go to www.sethmuse.com/episode14 for show notes and links discussed in the podcast.

Part 2 of a very insightful conversation between friends about race relations in America today.  

Part 1 of a very insightful conversation between friends about race relations in America today.

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