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Overview The Blogging Church offers church leaders a field manual for using the social phenomenon of blogs to connect people and build communities in a whole new way. Inside you will find the why, what, and how of blogging in the local church. Filled with illustrative examples and practical advice, the authors answer key questions learned on the frontlines of ministry: Is blogging a tool or a toy? What problems will blogging solve? How does it benefit ministry? How do I build a great blog? and Who am I blogging for? The Blogging Church is a handbook that will inspire and equip you to join the conversation.
The book includes contributions from five of the most popular bloggers in the world?Robert Scoble, Dave Winer, Kathy Sierra, Guy Kawasaki, and Merlin Mann, as well as interviews with blogging pastors such as Mark Driscoll, Craig Groeschel, Tony Morgan, Perry Noble, Greg Surratt, Mark Batterson, and many more.
Publishers Description "The Blogging Church" offers church leaders a field manual for using the social phenomenon of blogs to connect people and build communities in a whole new way. Inside you will find the why, what, and how of blogging in the local church. Filled with illustrative examples and practical advice, the authors answer key questions learned on the frontlines of ministry: "Is blogging a tool or a toy? What problems will blogging solve? How does it benefit ministry? How do I build a great blog?" and "Who am I blogging for?"
"The Blogging Church" is a handbook that will inspire and equip you to join the conversation.
The book includes contributions from five of the most popular bloggers in the world--Robert Scoble, Dave Winer, Kathy Sierra, Guy Kawasaki, and Merlin Mann, as well as interviews with blogging pastors such as Mark Driscoll, Craig Groeschel, Tony Morgan, Perry Noble, Greg Surratt, Mark Batterson, and many more.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.64" Width: 6.54" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher John Wiley And Sons
Series Leadership Network Publication
ISBN 0787984876 ISBN13 9780787984878
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More About Brian Bailey & Terry Storch
Brian Bailey (LeaveItBehind.com) is the web director at Fellowship Church, led by Ed Young.
Terry Storch (TerryStorch.com) is the campus pastor for Fellowship's Dallas location.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Blogging Church?
New To Blogging? Get this book Mar 17, 2007
This book really helped me see the potential of blogging as a great informational tool for churches. The book is very clear on how to go about creating a blog and also help you define it's purposes. It also covers most of the technical aspects as well as a section on podcasting. A great book overall.
The Blogging Church Mar 13, 2007
This book is well written and easy to understand. It is a must read if you want to take your church into the digital age. It contains helpful and practical advice on using blogs and podcasts as ministry tools. As a minister I can highly recommend this book.
Great Book - Must Read! Mar 13, 2007
I was delayed getting started on my reading, but I had a couple recent business trips and some extra time to kill (in airports and on planes) and have now read through 15 of the 16 chapters of The Blogging Church. What a great book! The mix of stories from other church bloggers was a fantastic idea and they were well organized with the chapters.
Great job Brian and Terry. I am very, very encouraged by the thoughts you have organized and communicated. I felt the power of the Holy Spirit speaking to me the whole time I was reading it. I have just this week ordered 4 more copies that I will be sharing with my church staff!
I found the book to indeed not be a book about technology, but rather about communication and building community. The church today does have a great opportunity, even responsibility, to take advantage of this cost effective tool for the sake of Christ.
I am looking forward to what the Lord had in store for our church as we consider using blogs to "Share our Story". Thanks guys!
Blogging Success Mar 6, 2007
I just finished reading "The Blogging Church" and I found the book to be inspiring and realistic. The examples of how pastors and corporate bloggers use the tools of blogging to expand their vision was "inspiring". I work in Corporate America and I found that the ideas mentioned for the church were creating ideas for how we may integrate blogs into our work processes. Brian and Terry's passion for blogging, and more importantly, the global church is evident in his voice. This book is a homerun for church's and should be on the shelf of every pastor.
Highly practical guide covers the how and why of blogging Mar 1, 2007
Brian Bailey and Terry Storch have brought together their practical expertise and clear writing style to deliver an extremely useful book that will help many churches to share their story and use blogging to help their ministry. The preface of the book explains... "Blogging is a revolution in communication, community, and authentic conversation; a revolution that churches cannot afford to ignore. Welcome to the blogosphere - the new online home of the curious creature. If you're feeling a little disoriented and having trouble reading the street signs, don't worry, you're holding in your hand the field manual for the blogosphere."
This is a good summary of the book - it describes why blogging is becoming so important, why it's a powerful tool for churches, followed by practical details on how to actually get started. Overall I found the book to be an excellent mix of why and how. Tips and discussion topics I found most interesting include: Don't bury the good stuff; Who is the blog for; the ten steps to a bad blog; pros and cons of comments; what problem are you trying to solve; what is the return on ministry; share the why behind the what; and, should my church become a blogging church. Between most chapters are 'Five Questions' with blogging pastors who have found blogging to be very helpful in spreading the word. The final chapter gives some sage advice from several prominent bloggers including Guy Kawasaki, Dave Winer, Kathy Sierra, Robert Scoble and many others.
The authors have covered a lot of material in 199 pages, and no doubt had to work hard to keep the book focused and brief. As one who likes tons of detail and discussion, I would have loved to see more info on the use of blogs for team and/or individual ministries within the church, as well as discussion about the relationship between blogging and other technology tools for building community and improving communication (e.g. portals, forums, social groups, wikis, video, streaming, and online collaboration tools such as those developed by 37signals). Then again, all this material would be enough for another whole volume.
If you're trying to figure out whether your church should get involved with blogging, or how to get started in a way that will maximize impact on ministry, "The Blogging Church" by Brian Bailey with Terry Storch is a must-read. (I'm not only a happy reader, but with the help of this book, a new blogger stepping up to the call.) -- Larry Baxter