Technology & Social Media
Seeking God via Google
Leader: Christopher Harris
Quick & Dirty Intro to Live Streaming Worship
Leader: Christopher Harris
Taking Faith Formation Online
Leader: Debbie Kolacki
Facebook Ministry 101
Leader: Rev. David Czeisel
Enhance Your Digital Ministry: Strategy and Tactics for Integrating Social Media
Leader: Meredith Gould
On Line Confernce/ Learning Websites
Free conference call service; you pay only regular phone charges.
Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.
The Sakai CLE is a free and open source Courseware Management System. It features a set of software tools designed to help instructors, researchers and students collaborate online in support of their work--whether it be course instruction, research or general project collaboration.
Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems. Founded in 2011, Zoom's mission is to make video and web conferencing
Photos that are Free or “Some Rights Reserved” Websites
Google Advanced Image Search
Enter a description of what you're searching for, then scroll down to usage rights and use the drop-down menu to select one of the "free to use and share" choices.
Offers free graphics, church media, presentation ideas and more.
Offers 350,000 free stock photos on a multitude of subjects.
Huge database of free media files. Anyone can contribute.
Free online photo storing, organizing and sharing site.
More than 300,000 free photos and images, organized in categories for easy searching. A division of Getty Images.
Pixnio-Public Domain Images
High quality copyright friendly images. Can be used freely for any personal or commercial use.
Stock Photos for Free
Offers over 100,000 completely free stock photos from around the world.
Thousands of free quality photos licensed for commercial or private use.
Offers thousands of photos and illustrations, including a large selection of texture images, all free. Submissions and/or comments are also welcomed.
Offers millions of images in varying price range packages.
Boundaries and Social Media
Facebook Rules for Pastors by Adam Copeland in the Christian Century
From the Presbytery of Chicago
Social Media Policies:
How should we act on social media? A social media policy for your staff and volunteers can guide behavioral expectations and define what’s confidential. It also protects the rights of your church and staff.
Sample: Safe Boundaries Policy Appendix C (pages 21-22): Suggested Practices For The Use Of Social Media (download PDF)
Sample: Who Speaks for the Presbytery? (download PDF)
Sample: 221st (2014) General Assembly Social Media Guide (download PDF)
Sample: United Church of Christ – Connecticut Conference’s Resource “Church Safety Online: Social Networking” (download PDF)
Review of basic boundary issues, some special factors in online communication, relevant Christian values, and some best practice suggestions.
Sample: Blogging Beatitudes from ThoughtfulChristian.com (link)
Sample: Online database of corporate Social Media Policies (link)
Social Networking and Healthy Boundaries in Ministry: Asking Critical Questions by M.L. Daniel and Marie M. Fortune on the FaithTrust Institute website