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Last year, the New Media Project at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York conducted six case studies of congregations, institutions and networks that are using social media in innovative ways. As the director of the Project, I was struck by how many pastors, especially younger pastors, use social media for basic pastoral care. They use social media to listen to their flock. What a great idea.
This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.
Verity A. Jones is the project director of the New Media Project and a research fellow at Union Theological Seminary. Her work has also appeared in The Christian Century, Biblical Preaching Journal, and Journal for Preachers. She is a graduate of Yale College (B.A. '89), and Yale Divinity School (M.Div. '95), and an ordained clergy person with joint standing in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
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