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Best is Yet to Come


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Let’s just get this out of the way: I’m writing a book.

The tentative title is called The Social Church and I’ll be taking a look at what it means to have a theology of social media. How is the shift towards social affecting the local church, both positively and negatively? It’s a topic I feel uniquely positioned to speak into. I couldn’t me more thrilled.

I signed a contract with Moody Publishers. The team is top notch. Truly a gifted set of individuals working together to make this book a reality. I’m in good company signing with Moody—my label mates include Jeff GoinsScott McClellanRhett SmithAlly Vesterfelt, and Sarah Cunningham.

A Few More Details About The Social Church

The book is due out February 2014. That seems like quite a stretch of time, but I’m assured the process moves much swifter than one would think. I’ll spend the winter months ahead toiling, thinking, researching, and writing.

I want this book to knock your socks off. It’s not going to be another “here’s how you set up a Facebook fan page!” books. That information is helpful, but Lord knows there are plenty of folks writing on that topic.

The Social Church will answer the “why?”, “how?”, and “what now?” of social media for the local church. I’ll introduce a critical thinking grid for local church involvement with social media. Put simply, it’s the book I’ve always wanted to write.

I’m thrilled to be at this point. It will be a tough process, but the end result will be worth it. I see a finished product that helps churches have real, in-depth, ethos-shaping questions pertaining to the role of social media in ministry.

Above all else, know that you are part of the inspiration for this book. So many of you hunger for a new way to do church. Like many of you, I believe social media plays a crucial role in shaping that discussion.

How You Can Help

Please pray for my wife, Kerry, and two children, Finnegan and Evie. I want them to be a part of this process.

Please pray for Moody Publishers. They are up to some amazing things that will shape church culture in the years ahead.

Finally, pray for me. The writing process is intensely personal—much like giving birth, from what I hear. Pray that I would yield to the Spirit’s leading as this book comes to life.

Thank you for your support. Believe me when I say this, the best is yet to come!

16 comments
Schnekloth
Schnekloth

Justin, if your deadline stays true, we will publish books the same month. My book, Mediating Faith: Faith Formation in Transmedia Culture, is coming out February 1st, 2014 with Fortress Press.

Trina
Trina

Congratulations and I can't wait to read it. February 2014 seems like forever away, but I'm sure for you, it will come both slow and quickly.

Gerry True
Gerry True

Fantastic Justin! Can't wait to read with our communication team! Will be praying for you and your family!

Justin
Justin

Thank you sir! I'll be sure to send some copies your way!

Jason Caston
Jason Caston

YEAAAAAAA, glad to hear this, amazing indeed my friend. Cant wait to read and support your vision. God is awesome!!!

Justin
Justin

Thank you, dear brother. This an exciting time!

Darci Woodard
Darci Woodard

Wow Justin, what a Holy Spirit inspired topic! We need awesome believers like you to lead us in this "mindfield" called the internet! I'll be praying. Love to you and your beautiful family!

Justin
Justin

Hooray! Now, if the book would only write itself.... ;)

eric groves
eric groves

Congrats Justin! Very exciting...I look forward to reading the finished product.

Randlee Reddy
Randlee Reddy

Hi Justin, Great to read all of your posts, and to connect. Congratulations on your book. Will be glad to remember you in prayer.

fritz trost
fritz trost

Love it brother! Looking forward to this work helping to grow His kingdom.

Ben Arment
Ben Arment

Congratulations Justin! It's going to be an amazing book. Already making a place for it on my nightstand...

Justin
Justin

Thank you, dear brother!