Social media provide an opportunity for congregations to open the doors and windows to their congregational life before people ever step inside. It's no longer all about getting your message out as if people are passively waiting for the latest news from the parish, diocese, or national church. Rather, it s about creating spaces where meaningful relationships can develop.
About the Author
A much sought after speaker and educator on the spiritual lives of ordinary believers today and in the past, Elizabeth Drescher, PhD is on the faculty of the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministry at Santa Clara University. She is a regular contributor to the online magazine Religious Dispatches and the author of the highly regarded Tweet If You ♥ Jesus: Practicing Church In the Digital Reformation. Her writing has been highlighted by the Atlantic Monthly, the Utne Reader, CNN, the BBC, and other national and international outlets. She regularly advises local, national, and international churches and other religious organizations on the practice of religion and spirituality in the digital age. Her website is elizabethdrescher.net.
Keith Anderson is pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer near Boston. A popular blogger on religion, new media, and popular culture at pastorkeithanderson.net, he employs a wide range of social media to minister on and offline. Pastor Anderson speaks regularly with local and national church groups, synods, and other organizations on the practice of digital ministry and the impact of digital culture on face-to-face ministry. He has taught at Andover-Newton Theological School and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He received pastoral training at Harvard University Divinity School and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.