Day: January 9, 2009

Do you have a community manager?

With the rise of social networks, new job titles emerge.  One new job is Community Manager.  CMs  focus on customers and clients for large businesses.  They help gather the community, encourage participation, deal with comments, and provide hospitality for the online community.  

All of that got me to thinking about church.  The number one complaint I hear is something like, “Why didn’t I know?”  That complaint could apply to not knowing someone was sick, or not knowing about a meeting, or not knowing about a  decision.  Folks in small churches like to know.

Suppose you identified a church community manager.  They would stay in touch with the congregation, and help create a network of connectivity.  Of course, most of our small churches already have networks, but this one would be a force for positive expression and involvement.  

I think I’m going to play around with this idea for a few days.  I’m not talking about connecting everybody on Facebook or any new social media.  I’m just thinking about good, old-fashioned staying in touch, but with a little more guidance.  What do you think?  Could this work?  How would you go about implementing a community manager?

We have a winner today!

Craig McDole of Oklahoma won, despite the fact that his Sooners lost!  Craig has a great blog at Doorkeeper’s Journal.  Check him out.  Congrats on winning the book, and thanks for playing, Craig!

Friday is for freebies: Win a Newbigin book

Congratulations to last week’s winner of the Faith and Culture DVD series was Greg Lipps of Indiana!

61msa6tzd8l_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa240_sh20_ou01_Today I’m giving away a new copy of Leslie Newbigin’s The Gospel in a Pluralist Society.  This is a classic and one of the books that helped spark the whole missional concept.   Here’s how to win:  

The 12th person  — I’m using Biblical symbolism here, last week we did the 7th person 🙂  — to direct message me on Twitter wins.  My Twitter name is chuckwarnock.   Say something like, @chuckwarnock I want the book.  

Very simple and happy Twittering!