A Conversation with Seth Muse from Hope Fellowship Church and host of Seminary of Hard Knocks Podcast: Podcast 233

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Why is social media ministry unappealing to some churches?

There are many reasons that some churches stay away from being fully immersed in social media. For some, it’s a lack of understanding and for others, it’s the lack of resources to invest in yet another form of communication. In this podcast, Seth Muse defines the purpose and benefits of social media in church communications and the different roles it plays that will help any church get connected to people on a more personal level.

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Show Notes:

Seth Muse


Seth Muse Website

Hope Fellowship Church

Seminary Of Hard Knocks Podcast


Donald Miller

Copy Hackers

Copy Blogger

Amy Porterfield

A Conversation with Greg Atkinson of ExPastors com about Social Media Secrets from A Secret Shopper: Podcast 232

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What is a secret shopper’s job in the field of ministry? How can this improve a church’s overall effectiveness in ministering their communities?

In this episode,  author of Secrets of a Secret Shopper, Greg Atkinson, provides us with practical wisdom on how to maximize your church’s online resources, ways to attract newcomers to your congregation and helpful advice in dealing with ministerial burnout.

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Show Notes:

Greg Atkinson


Greg Atkinson Website

Ex-Pastors Website

Full Strength Website

Secrets of a Secret Shopper

Fusion by Nelson Searcy

Louie Giglio

Josh Dowell

Phil Bowdle

Pete Scazzero

Central Christian Church

Cross Point Church

Passion City Church

Gwinnett Church

Westridge Church

A Conversation with Nick Ovalle from Sandals Church about the Storytelling Church: Podcast 231

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In this episode of the Social Media Church Podcast, Nick Ovalle, a former colleague and a good friend of Nils, shares with us how Sandals Church boldly stripped themselves of their trademark and started marketing their ministry through storytelling and funnel marketing. Putting the focus on what really matters while challenging the norm.

Find out more about their noteworthy journey in this new episode. Share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #SMCPodcast.


Show Notes:

Nick Ovalle Facebook

Nick Ovalle - The Storytelling Heart


Community Bible Church

David Crowder

Warren Beemer

Justin Pardee

Matt Brown

DJ Chuang

The Wild Library

Stephanie Schaefer


Sandals Church Connect

Sandals Church Watch

Primal Branding by Patrick Hanlon

Malcolm Gladwell

Revisionist History Podcast

Andy Stanley

Communicating For A Change

Made To Stick by Chip and Dan Heath

Austin Stone

Brian Mann

Story Clock

Donald Miller

Catching Up with DJ Chuang about Social Media, .Bible, and MultiAsian.Church: Podcast 230

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How effectively do we use social media and other web-based technologies today?

From recording the very first podcasts of the Social Media Church Podcast to battling  depression through utter dependence on Christ and now as a guest himself. Join us in catching up with DJ Chuang as he provides wisdom and practical ways to maximize social media today, online privacy security and top-level domain marketing.

Learn more in this new episode. Share your thoughts with us! Use the hashtag #SMCPodcast in your posts.


Show Notes:

DJ Chuang YT

DJ Chuang FB



Multi-Asian Church

Demystifying Prayer

Harvest Bible Chapel

Redemption Bible Church

A Conversation with That Christian Vlogger Justin Khoe: Podcast 229

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What does it take to be a “Digital Missionary”?

Well at least that’s what ‘That Christian Vlogger’, Justin Khoe calls himself. When talking about missions, we usually think of spreading the gospel in some remote area in a third-world country. Justin, however, considers YouTube to be his mission field. This week’s podcast is filled with useful knowledge from Justin Khoe as he shares with Nils Smith all about pastoring an area where God called him to be.

What are your thoughts on YouTube as a mission field? Share your thoughts with us! Use the hashtag #SMCPodcast on your posts.


Show Notes:

That Christian Vlogger YouTube Channel

That Christian Vlogger Patreon

Justin Khoe Twitter

A Conversation with James Eaton of Highlands Fellowship: Podcast 228

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How does your online church fit with your local church?

In this week’s podcast, we are joined by James Eaton, Online Director of Highlands Fellowship. James provides us with some wisdom on how to lead an online church and what the end goal for their online church  is. James also shares how an online church can cater to small groups and the services he uses for live streaming.

Is your local church considering going online? Share your thoughts with us! Use the hashtag #SMCPodcast on your posts.


Show Notes:

My StreamSpot

James Eaton 

Highlands Fellowship Church

Highlands Fellowship Facebook Page



Alexa Skill

A Conversation with Kenny Jahng about Virtual Reality World and Amazon’s New Social Network: Podcast 227

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What is the future of virtual reality? Will Amazon’s new social network compete with Facebook?

Our regular guest, Kenny Jahng, answers these questions and more in this new podcast with Nils Smith. Together, they share their experience and insights from their immersive virtual reality (VR) experience at VR World in New York City. Kenny and Nils try to predict the future of VR in churches, like having a quiet time with a VR tour of Jerusalem, or attending an actual worship service through VR in your own home. They also discuss how Amazon’s new social network revolves around and with their actual products for sale.  Is this a threat to Facebook?

Find out more in this new episode. Share your thoughts with us! Use the hashtag #SMCPodcast in your posts.


Show Notes:

Virtual Reality World (VR World NYC)

Virtual Reality

Kenny Jahng Twitter

Amazon’s New Social Network Launch:

Church Butler

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A Conversation with Jay Kranda about Podcasting and Alexa Skills: Podcast 226

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In this day and age where time is the most valuable commodity, more and more people are starting to appreciate podcasts.

Today, Nils and Jay Kranda tell us how podcasts are becoming more relevant and creating greater opportunities for churches. In this episode, we will also get to know the podcast opportunities beyond just the weekend sermon.

TVApp.church is also giving away free Amazon Alexa Skills for ministries. Just sign up at TVApp.church/alexa.

Find out more in this new episode and share your thoughts with us! Use the hashtag #SMCPodcast in your posts.


Show Notes:

Alexa Skill


CV Outreach


Jay Kranda Twitter

Podcast Statistics of 2017

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A Conversation with Justin Dean about Church PR in the midst of Tragedy: Podcast 225

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The recent disaster in our country proved one thing true,our churches weren’t prepared on how or what to communicate in the midst of the storm. While some churches communicated beautifully, others over communicated and some didn’t communicate at all.

When megachurch pastor Joel Osteen seemed to be silent for a moment in the midst of tragedy, people on social media were quick to attack him for not opening his facility in Houston, Texas to those in need. It turned out only to be not true as it was nothing more than a lack of communication between him and the public. His church was also flooded and he wasn’t able to immediately open the doors and risk doing more harm than good.  Everyone has an opinion on what he should have done and I’m sure if he had a do-over he might have done things different. This podcast is not about Joel Osteen, but it is about what every pastor faced in the midst of this storm when you feel speechless, but the world is looking to your words for comfort and direction.

Needless to say, public relations or PR, can be critical in times like these.In this episode Justin Dean, author of PR Matters: A Survival Guide for Church Communicators, shares with us about the importance of church PR today. Nils and Justin also talk about how churches should respond to disasters and how church leaders should handle crisis situations.

Share your thoughts or questions with us on social media! Use the hashtag #SMCPodcast in your posts.


Show Notes:

Book: Church PR: A Survival Guide for Church Communicators

Justin Dean - Twitter

ThatChurch Podcast

ThatChurch Conference

Lakewood Church - Facebook

Joel Osteen - Facebook

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A Conversation with Trent Dunham about Creating a Generous Church Culture: Podcast 224

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Talking about money inside the church can be awkward for some but that doesn’t make the topic less important.

There are many lessons in the Bible about giving money to the church and about being generous. But how does a church and their leaders encourage the congregation to be more generous without sounding like extortionists? Listen to this new podcast with Trent Dunham, president at Dunham+Company, as we discuss how to create a culture of generosity in the church.

Find out more in this new episode. Share your thoughts with us! Use the hashtag #SMCPodcast in your posts.


Show Notes:


Dunham Fundraising Institute

Trent Dunham Twitter


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