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Churches are putting social media to good use.

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"What's your church doing that's worth talking about?" asks Kevin Hendricks at ChurchMarketingStinks.com. He offers two examples he found recently on Twitter: Cause Community Church in Brea, California, had 216 people take it to the table in an arm wrestling contest. They posted video.

Meantime, North Coast Church in nearby Vista posted video from one of 190 service projects they're doing. They cleaned up a school that was the site of a shooting last year, and the local news team covered it.

And people are talking.

"Social media isn't the only way to communicate, but it's fast becoming the most popular …. Twitter will not save your church. Facebook will not directly cause your attendance numbers to go up. What they will do is allow you a chance to interact 24/7 with the people who call (or may call) your church home. The best thing people can do is to simply start. Two tweets a day. Start a fan page. Add a video of your worship team to Vimeo or YouTube. Anything to just get ...

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