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There’s a disconnect, says Rabbi Aaron Spiegel, IT director of the Center for Congregations in Indianapolis. Particularly when it comes to effectively using Facebook and Twitter.

A recent study by the Center found that most while clergy have a personal Facebook page, they aren’t using social media to conduct congregational work.

“They see (social media and church work) as distinct, and it doesn’t work,” says Spiegel.

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There’s a disconnect, says Rabbi Aaron Spiegel, IT director of the Center for Congregations in Indianapolis. Particularly when it comes to effectively using Facebook and Twitter.

A recent study by the Center found that most while clergy have a personal Facebook page, they aren’t using social media to conduct congregational work.

“They see (social media and church work) as distinct, and it doesn’t work,” says Spiegel.

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Recently, Pastor Kerry Shook sent a midweek Twitter message to his 6,033 followers, "The Christian life is not a set of rules to follow but rather a Person to follow!"

He could have elaborated; he had 60 characters left. But Shook, senior pastor at Woodlands Church in Woodlands, Texas, is a social media rock star and knows he can expand his thoughts in his next tweet.

Glenn Shuck, assistant professor of religion at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., says evangelical churches, like Shook's, were quick to jump on the social media bandwagon.

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While the advent of e-readers, search engines and electronic versions of research tools, more and more of what used to be exclusively the domain of the library has moved to the digital world. However, libraries have so far withstood the test of changing times and declining print mediums, adapting to become ‘third places’ where students gather to read, study, meet in groups and use tools not accessible to them individually.

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While many clergy have taken to Facebook in the past decade, fewer venture onto other social media sites, especially Twitter. That’s a shame, says Diva Morgan Hicks, online communications manager at the Forum for Theological Exploration.

“It’s an opportunity to share about current events from a theological standpoint,” says Hicks. It’s also a great place to highlight upcoming sermons or series and build anticipation. 

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In his 2015 book, "The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World," Keith Anderson notes that the church of the future will be less an institution and more a networking organization. The difference is that institutions form their own gravitational pull that draws members; networks don't have a gravitational center -- each node in a network is its own small center of gravity. The change, Anderson says, means that clergy need to be networkers and network facilitators in order to be in the network where people now live their lives. That network is both real and virtual.

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