I hope to submit longer reviews and commentary for these soon in their own posts. These books and the work of these authors is proving very helpful as I look towards the connections between social media and outreach, and how we embrace faithful living and witness on many platforms.
The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World – Keith Anderson
(my review from Goodreads) What will the church of the future look like? How will we remain agile, attentive, relevant, and alive? In this book Keith Anderson demonstrates both practical solutions, and avenues of engagement rooted in deep faithful living and a changing culture of how we “do church”.
I especially appreciated the multiple examples of vibrant, “out of the box” ministry that is reaching people where they are. Rather than simply offer a completely “new” lens – Anderson also effectively links the history of change in the church of the past to now. “Digital” is an important view – but so is the “cathedral” of the past in its community role and use.
As someone involved in how the church considers restructuring and relevance I found this book a helpful guide and reminder of what we may be called to be. I highly recommend this to those readers considering what relevant church might look like in the future.
The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in The Church – Bruce Reyes-Chow
Fantastic, practical, accessible. Considers questions about fears and misuse of social media, as well as benefits.
Tweet if you Love Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation – Elizabeth Drescher
Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible – Drescher and Anderson
The Social Church: A Theory of Digital Communication – Justin Wise