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Workshop: Using Social Media to Enhance Congregational Ministry


Internet technologies are an integral part of our lives in the 21st century. The same should be true of our congregations and the ministerial approaches of religious leadership. This workshop with Prof. Scott Thumma will explore simple worship innovations, community interactions and spiritual practices around the use of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, video and other technologies. We will assess a church’s current tech use, begin the creation of a social media strategy for the congregation and engage in hands-on exploration of these social media tools.  You do not need to be a tech expert to benefit from this workshop.

The fee for this three-hour workshop is $25. Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

NOTE: Please park in the main lot next to the white building at 77 Sherman St. The event will take place in the Meeting Room at 77 Sherman St. 


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About Scott Thumma

Prof. Thumma’s most recent book, The Other 80 Percent: Turning Your Church’s Spectators into Active Participants (Jossey-Bass 2011, coauthored with Warren Bird), is a practical research-based work that argues for seeing the marginally involved members of a church as a mission field. His earlier book Beyond Megachurch Myth (Jossey-Bass 2008), coauthored with Dave Travis, documents his 20 years of studying the megachurch phenomenon. He has researched and written on evangelicalism, the rise of nondenominational churches, the impact of the Internet on church dynamics, and homosexuality and religious life.

Scott is the director of Hartford Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program and the Director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. He co-directs the Insights into Religion Portal (www.religioninsights.org) for the Lilly Endowment, and consults with churches and religious organizations on congregational revitalization, planning and new technologies.


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