I was recently asked to speak at the above conference hosted by the Beds and Herts Media Trust about how I have been using Facebook in parochial ministry. I had the privilege of working alongside an excellent colleague who has also sought to use social media to build networks within her own local community and into those networks to be and bring the church.
We spoke initially in the 'Case Studies' section of the day and then ran 4 small workshops - more social media surgeries - working from where people were starting from and dealing with their issues and questions.
Our case study presentation looked, in note form, a little like this:
· Introduce ourselves, parishes. Perhaps something less formal like explaining our personal profile picture, why we first began to use FB.
· Overview: reasons for using FB, approaches and intentions. E.g. Public face, accountability, advertising, building relationships.
· Basic decisions e.g. who manages the page, linking to website, page vs group, age limits, difference between Facebook and Twitter.
· Using FB via a group, blog linking, vulnerability, boundaries, time of day, invitations e.g. baptism. (Referencing my invitations to being Baptised at the Easter Vigil and the Festival of the Baptism of Christ posted on Facebook)
· Using FB via a page, community linking, messaging, knowing the age/gender profile, creating an ‘event’.
· Closing comments; not the answer to all evangelism and rapidly changing landscape. Vital to engaging in modern communities.
Following the conference which was an excellent opportunity to network and share what we have discovered through interaction I was interviewed by Mike Naylor for BBC Three Counties Radio - the interview which went out at 8.40am this morning.
I'm very grateful to Stephen, for editing the interview down.