Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Facebook Connection

One of the most effective and amazing ways to build ministry communities online is through Facebook. Why Facebook? For starters, Facebook has over 350 million active users worldwide. It is reported that 45% of Facebook users return to the site each day. In addition, Facebook is viral, i.e., messages and material posted there spread like wildfire. For many,  private messaging on social networking sites like Facebook, is quickly replacing email. Increasing numbers of Christians are now on Facebook, and more are establishing accounts everyday! No question, Facebook is a great vehicle that can help us to fulfill the Great Commission given in Matthew 28:19 – 20.

It is smart, easy, and free to set up a Facebook page or group for your church or ministry/small group, e.g., youth ministry, men’s ministry, Bible Study group, etc. Your Facebook page or group allows you to share information, ideas, pictures, videos,  announcements, etc. with your friends and members.  Facebook can be used for crowdsourcing. In addition, you can post ministry events and send out RSVP invitations. Facebook‘s private messaging can facilitate counseling and prayer. In essence, your Facebook page/group is an easy hub of communication that allows you to stay connected throughout the week. In fact, the effective and creative things you can do on Facebook to expand your ministry are virtually unlimited. 

A great example of how Facebook can  help jumpstart your ministry is provided in this excellent video  seminar from Henderson Hills Baptist Church http://www.livestream.com/hendersonhills/video?clipId=pla_8876138541585985541

Chris Forbes of MinistryMarketingCoach.com has written an outstanding, free e-book,  Facebook for Pastors. You can find it at   http://ministrymarketingcoach.com/2008/04/22/downloads-the-facebook-for-pastors-free-e-book/.

For “All Things Facebook” checkout the Mashable Social Media Guide’s indispensible Facebook Guide at http://mashable.com/guidebook/facebook/ .

You are now ready to make that Facebook Connection!

Until next time, remember you can do all things through Christ Jesus!

God Bless,

Kenneth Lillard

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A New Thing

Welcome  to “A New Thing“, the latest feature of Faith Based Media 2.0. “A New Thing“‘ will showcase the newest, most creative Web 2.0 ideas and innovations that relate to ministry work. In Isaiah 43:19, the Lord declares, “Behold, I will do a new thing…”

We’ll definitely share innovation information with you. And hopefully, you’ll share new information with us, as well.

First up is the Glo Bible, an interactive Bible which includes a fascinating, multimeda mix of resources and tools. It is advertised as “the  Bible for the Digital Age”. Check out this overview and let us know what you think. http://www.globible.com/ 

Until next time, God Bless!

Kenneth Lillard

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Our New Look

The blog that was formerly called Blogging In The Word is now entitled Faith Based Media 2.0. Our new look and updated features are all expressly designed to serve you better. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. God Bless!

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JesusTweeters

This is one in a series of articles on Faith Based Media 2.0, i.e., the application of social media and Web 2.0 technologies to ministry. Today we’re continuing to look at how Twitter is being employed by the faith community.

Over 500 members are spreading the word of Christ through Twitter at JesusTweeters. JesusTweeters is both a faith based media networking site, and a service which allows users to send out automatically scheduled messages. JesusTweeters has a Bible Tweet Library which contains Bible verses/messages concerning topics such as Goodness, Inspiration, Love/Devotion, Motivation, and Prosperity. JesusTweeters provides an automated service which allows users to tweet these, or their own personal, messages on a scheduled basis. 

One of JesusTweeters stated goals is to reach 10 million people with the word of Christ through Twitter. 

For more information on JesusTweeters go to http://jesustweeters.com/

Remember, you can do all things through Christ Jesus!

God Bless

Kenneth Lillard

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Introduction to Faith Based Media 2.0 (FBM 2.0)

When social media is applied to ministry it is called FBM or Faith Based Media. It is also known as Faith Generated Media or FGM. This blog is an example of Faith Based Media 2.0 or Faith Generated Media 2.0. When Web 2.0 technologies are applied to FBM it is called FBM 2.0 or Faith Based Media 2.0.

Let there be no doubt, our faith is the primary force which drives and motivates our engagement with social media. Yes, we also have fun, and use social media in a thousand other ways. But,  faith is our GPS. It is our faith that primarily guides and directs us through the social media universe.

Our latest series of blog postings was entitled Social Media 101. It touched on the ABC’s of social media networking. This posting will begin a new series on applying the tools of social media to  ministry work. It is an introduction to what might be called real Faith Based Media 2.0 or FBM 2.0.

Let’s begin with Twitter. Among other things, Twitter is a great platform from which you can communicate, comfort, educate, encourage, and inspire in 140 characters or less. It’s a great idea to place a link to your blog, your church’s  website, or your personal website on your Twitter page.  That link allows others to connect with you, your ministry,  and/or your passion on a deeper level. For example, my blog, “Faith Based Media 2.0” is linked to my Twitter page (revkenlillard).  I often  tweet “affirmations”, scriptures,  and words of encouragement to others. The micro-blogged “affirmations” that I tweet are from a more extensive posting on my blog. I also tweet announcements of upcoming events and speaking engagements. In addition, Twitter helps me to stay connected to valued ministry partners in real time.

Of course, there are many other ways Twitter can be applied to ministry, including connecting small groups, soliciting prayers, crowdsourcing, highlighting podcasts, evangelizing, etc.  A good place to start with applying Twitter to ministry is The Reason Your Church Must Twitter an e-book by Anthony Coppedge http://www.twitterforchurches.com/. For examples of how other ministers are using Twitter creatively in their ministries you can go to the Twitter pages of revtonylee, joelosteenmin, td_jakes, and Rick Warren.  Not only observe how others are applying Twitter to their ministries, but pray that the Lord will show you creative ways that you can apply it, effectively, to your ministry. 

Don’t forget that the ultimate goal of Faith Based Media 2.0 is to glorify God!

Until next time, remember, you can do all things through Christ Jesus!

God Bless,

Kenneth Lillard

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