The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication

Moody Publishers, 2014
ISBN: 9780802487469
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How often have you talked about “reaching people where they are”—and realized that much of the time, they are on the Internet?

We’ve been living in a digital world for quite a while now. Justin Wise speaks about social media as this generation's printing press—a revolutionary technology that can spread the gospel farther and faster than we can imagine.

It’s time to take what we know (and admit what we don’t know) and learn together how to move forward as the church. Are you ready to think theologically about this digital age and reach people in a new way?

From the Back Cover

Did you know you can read online reviews of your church?

How often have you talked about “reaching people where they are”—and realized that much of the time, they are on the Internet?

We’ve been living in a digital world for quite a while now. Justin Wise speaks about social media as this generation's printing press—a revolutionary technology that can spread the gospel farther and faster than we can imagine.

It’s time to take what we know (and admit what we don’t know), and learn together how to move forward as the church. Are you ready to think theologically about this digital age and reach people in a new way?

Contents

PART 1: THE "WHY" OF SOCIAL MEDIA & THE CHURCH

1. What's In It For "We"? Or, Why Social Media Matters
2. The Embedded Values of a New Media Culture
3. What Would Luther Do? The Bible, a German Monk, and What it Means for Church Leadership
4. The Medium is the Message (and the Message Doesn't Change)

PART 2: THE "HOW" OF SOCIAL MEDIA & THE CHURCH

1. Cave Drawings: A Brief History of Human Communication
2. Offline Trumps Online: A Social Spirituality
3. Navigating the Digital Generational Divide
4. Klout-Worthy Messaging: A Voice Worth Sharing

PART 3: THE "NOW" OF SOCIAL MEDIA & THE CHURCH

1. Vietnam, City of Soul, and Calculated Rule-Breaking
2. Social Media is a Movement, Not a Set of Tools
3. Where We're Going We Don't Need Roads (the Geek-Out Chapter) 

Praise for The Social Church

Justin Wise connects the power of social media with the potential for life-changing ministry in a completely fresh, easy-to-understand, and relevant way. His energy and wisdom bleed through the pages. He gets it. He totally gets it and now you can too. The Social Church is a must-read for all Christian leaders called to serve in this time and space.

Tami Heim, president and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance, coauthor of @stickyJesus: How to Live Out Your Faith Online

The rumors are true: Justin Wise knows his stuff. Not only does he ask the right hard questions in The Social Church but he boldly challenges the status quo, encouraging churches to embrace digital communications with vision, strategy, and purpose.

Carrie Kintz, Digital Communication Strategist, Focus on the Family

Justin is a knowledgeable and accomplished practitioner of social media strategy and tactics as well as a practiced speaker on the subject. He consistently creates and publishes useful content that goes beyond mere thoughts and opinions to include the tools he uses for success and the tactics and techniques for others to become successful.

Chris Giovagnoni, Social Media Marketing Program Manager, Compassion International

Justin Wise is the real deal. He is passionate about local churches and assisting them in connecting with a new generation. He brings creative and innovative thinking to each training, but more than that, you'll find in him a genuine heart of service with a purpose.

Haley Veturis, Social Media Manager, Saddleback Church

Justin has handled social media for both our SCORRE and Platform conferences in the last year and we couldn't be more pleased.

He understands the power of social media and the benefits that come when it's used correctly. Most importantly, he accomplished our goal: people who weren't at the event felt like they were and were encouraged to sign up for the next one.

Michael Hyatt, New York Times bestselling author, former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers

Product Details

  • Title : The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication
  • Author: Wise, Justin
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • ISBN: 9780802487469

About the Author

JUSTIN WISE helps people share what matters most. As the Founder & CEO of Think Digital, Wise and his team help clients through online coaching programs and done-for-you digital marketing. He speaks on the topic of digital marketing strategy at national conferences such as the NRB Research Symposium & Expo, CLA Internet & Ministry Technology Summit, and the Nonprofit Leadership Academy. Justin lives in Des Moines, IA (by choice) with his wife and three children. Connect with him at www.Justin.am.

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