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Milligan to host social networking seminar for churches

Milligan College, TN (September 9, 2009) — Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and the CHURCH? Ministers and other interested parties will learn how they all connect during a free seminar at Milligan College next week, entitled “Social Networking and the Church.” Tuesday’s seminar will focus on how churches can utilize social networking tools to reach congregations and communities.

“Our society is plugged-in to technology now more than ever,” said Phyllis Fox, director of church relations at Milligan and founding director of the college’s Youth in Ministry program. “Many churches are already utilizing social media to connect with their congregations, and many more want to explore how social networking tools can help advance the cause of Christ.”

Leading the seminar is social media expert Jose Castillo. Castillo currently writes about new media, speaks to groups across the country, and consults with Fortune 500 companies and start-ups on the convergence of technology, marketing and ideas. He has consulted with numerous churches and para-church ministries to help them evangelize their communities and improve communication with their congregations. Working with clients and teams from all over the world has given Castillo a unique perspective on creating spicy projects.

Joining Castillo in a panel discussion is Jim Musser, campus minister at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.; Kit Dotson, student minister at Crossroads Christian Church in Gray; Aaron Wymer, senior minister at Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City; Bart Stone, lead pastor at Momentum Christian Church in McDonough, Ga.; Mark Michael, lead pastor at Crossbridge Christian Church in Tallahassee, Fla.; Matt Agnew, family life minister at Grace Fellowship in Johnson City; Ryan Bader, student minister at Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City; and Tammy Melchien, campus pastor at Community Christian Church in Naperville, Ill.

The seminar will be held in Milligan’s Gregory Center on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m., and will be available remotely via LiveStream.com, connected atwww.milligan.edu/socialnetworking. A recorded version also will be available for viewing via LiveStream following the seminar. While the seminar is free, participants are required to register. For more information or to register, visit www.milligan.edu, or call 423.975.8021. Additional information about the speaker, Joe Castillo, can be found at www.thinkjose.com.

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