Dr. Tim Hutchings, online church researcher: Episode 37

This episode of Social Media Church features a conversation with Dr. Tim Hutchings, currently a research fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University and editor of the Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture. Tim discusses learnings and insights from rigorous academic research about online churches, what kind of people worship online, explores whether online relationships are real or not, and much much more.

Show Notes

Connect with Dr. Tim Hutchings on Twitter @tim_hutchings

Participate in Tim’s current project, CyberBibles: New Media and Sacred Text. If you’ve tried using digital media to help you read the Bible, please fill out this survey – and encourage your friends to do the same. This survey is part of a new research project that aims to find out how digital media are changing Christian attitudes to Scripture. If you have ever read the Bible on a computer screen, listened to it on your MP3 player, joined an online reading group or downloaded a Bible app to your mobile phone, fill out the survey. Learn more about this research project.

Tim contributes to the Big Bible Project blog, i.e. Cyberchurch Theology (part one of, um, more than one)Cyberchurch Theology, Part Two: The Problem With CommunityHow Not to do Online Evangelism

Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture – a free online publication

Considering religious community through online churches” published in Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds by Heidi Campbell (Routledge, 2012) – features a case study of St. Pixels (Church on the Internet) and LifeChurch.tv

Creating Church Online: Ritual, Community, and New Media by Tim Hutchings – to be published May 2013 by Routledge, based on his Ph.D. research, an ethnographic study of five Christian communities that met online, using new media to create forms of worship, teaching, evangelism and debate. The study focused on ritual, authority, community and the relationship between online and offline activity.

Creating Church Online: Networks and Collectives in Contemporary Christianity” (by Tim Hutchings) is published in “Digital Religion, Social Media and Culture: Perspectives, Practices and Futures”, ed. Pauline Hope Cheong, Peter Fischer-Nielsen, Stefan Gelfgren and Charles Ess (Peter Lang, 2012)

#excerpt Creating church online: A case-study approach to religious experience, in Studies in World Christianity 13(3) (2008)

Scholar’s Top 5: Tim Hutchings’ 5 recommended resources on the topic of online Christian churches

Christian Warne of the Spoutcast: Episode 35

This Social Media Church episodes features a conversation with Christian Warne, founder and co-host of The Spoutcast, a weekly podcast show hosted by Christian Warne, Sarah Welles and Jayne Fossett at The Well Community Church in Fresno, California. You may have noticed that a large overwhelming majority of church podcasts are just an on-demand feed of sermons. Podcasting has the potential to be so much more for churches and The Spoutcast is a great example of how a church of any size can be podcasting to grow its community. Listen to how they started their podcast, what it takes to do one, and Christian’s advice for how your church can start one too.spoutcast-cast

Show Notes

Connect with The Spoutcast on Facebook, on Twitter @thespoutcast, and Instagram @ instagram.com/thespoutcast

Connect with Christian Warne at facebook.com/christian.warne

#photo to the right illustrates the kind of teamwork that it takes for producing The Spoutcast

#list List of Christian podcasts that aren’t sermons (@ djchuang.com)

#news One of Fresno’s biggest churches is covered in graffiti (KFSN-TV, July 2012)

Start podcasting your sermons for free at sermon.net or grow into it with a “freemium” service like sermoncloud.com or sermondrop.com (cf. episode 32 comments)

Brent Wong, Dave Ingland: Episode 34

On this episode of the Social Media Church, DJ Chuang chats with 2 friends he’s known for years, Brent Wong and Dave Ingland, having connected with them offline (aka IRL – “in real life”) and online. Brent shares how he recently got inspired to get active on social media, and Dave describes his unique perspective in using social media as a church planter and now as a law-abiding citizen.

Show Notes

brentwongConnect with Brent Wong on Twitter @EpicBdub and Facebook page for Brent + Leila Wong and YouTube youtube.com/BrentWong77

#video a 5th generation Asian American story

Connect with Dave Ingland at daveingland.com and on Twitter @daveingland

bigbooksm#book The Big Book of Social Media: Case Studies, Stories, Perspectives, edited by Robert Fine, includes “Religion and Social Media” by Dave Ingland

#audio MinistryStory #18 – Cultivate Communications – a conversation with Steve Fogg, Scott Overpeck, Dave Ingland, and DJ Chuang at a Starbucks during Cultivate 2011

Dana Byers of BlueDoor.tv and LifeChurch.tv : Episode 29

Dana Byers is our first special guest in 2013 on the Social Media Church podcast, and she shares about her top learnings from years of experience in doing online ministry globally with Blue Door Ministries, as well as her ministry as Online Community Pastor at LifeChurch.tv.

Show Notes

Connect with Dana Byers on Twitter @danalbyers and her blog danabyers.com

Dana Byers authored The Art of Online Ministry (a Kindle eBook)

#blog: How Urbana 12 Changed my Life too (djchuang.com)

Previous episodes of Social Media Church with LifeChurch.tv: Episode 14 with Alan George, Episode 10 with Brandon Donaldson

#video: 3 Online Ministry Indicators Dana’s observations from successful online ministries

#podcast: Dana Byers shared key insights to minimalism on the Beyond the To Do List podcast

#video: watch the raw video of this conversation with Dana Byers and DJ Chuang

Episode 19: Jay Kranda of Saddleback Church

This episode of Social Media Church podcast features a conversation with Jay Kranda, the Internet Campus Pastor at Saddleback Church, yes, the one pastored by none other than Pastor Rick Warren. You’ll hear about how Saddleback’s Internet Campus is developing to be more purpose-driven, how they’re doing online small groups, Saddleback’s value for community. Plus, a couple of questions were posed to the host of Social Media Church, DJ Chuang, about how he keeps up with tech trends and what he fears about online church.

Show Notes::

Connect with Jay Kranda on his blog hyperthinking247.com, Twitter @jaykranda and Facebook facebook.com/Jaykranda

Infographic on Global Reach of Saddleback’s Internet Campus