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CHURCH and SOCIAL MEDIA 2016 – Year in Review, Part 1

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2016 has, most definitely, been a year of creative innovation and unexpected change in the Church, Social Media, and Technology space!

To celebrate this exciting year, I’m happy to spotlight my favorite picks for the very best Church and Social Media news, views, and trends of 2016.

Congratulations to all of this year’s truly remarkable church social media innovators, contributors, and colleagues. And, of course, a big “Thank You” goes out to all my amazing social media family, followers, and friends for all your fantastic suggestions, support and encouragement throughout the year. Much Love & Appreciation!

Here’s my ‘Best of 2016 Church and Social Media’ stories:

What favorite Church Social Media stories of 2016 would you like to share with our readers? Would love to hear from you!

Btw, stay on top of the latest Church Social Media news, stories, and trends at SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS.

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus.

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas & A Blessed, Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Sincerely,

Kenneth Lillard

 

 

 

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Leveraging Online Discipleship

“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Everyday, more and more people are coming to Christ over the Internet! It’s a truly amazing phenomenon! Who would have ever imagined that people would be giving their lives to Christ over twitter, through church portals on Facebook, and via church apps on their iPads?

The church’s challenge today is to effectively reach out and meet the needs of these new (and often returning) online believers. In our digital age, as more churches deploy digital technologies (including streaming live services on smart phones, and establishing internet campuses) there is an increasing need to extend discipleship training into the digital space beyond the traditional walls of the church.

The church’s online presence will continue to direct people into the church’s physical sanctuary to fellowship and connect offline. However, a new and unique church community of believers is emerging on the Internet – an online community that needs to be ministered to by qualified ministry professionals, familiar not only with the Word of God, but also knowledgeable about online networking, social media platforms and strategies, and the latest web 2.0 technologies! In no area is this need greater than in discipleship.

Christian discipleship is the transformational process that turns a believer into the person God wants them to be. It’s the calling of every believer – to follow in the footsteps of Christ!

We are instructed by Jesus, in the Great Commission, to make disciples. A disciple is a student or adherent of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Discipleship is the process of learning the teachings of Jesus, internalizing them, and then acting upon them.

The discipleship process begins with the believer desiring to be a disciple of Christ.The believer, with the help of the Holy Spirit, then learns what Jesus taught, follows through by living out those principles in his/her daily life, and finally passes them on to others.

The discipleship process can be described as eight distinct steps: 1) interest, 2) awareness, 3) decision, 4) commitment, 5) application, 6) inculcation, 7) transformation, and finally 8) replication.

Extending discipleship online (i-discipleship) through relational e-learning, enables churches and ministries to disciple more people, more effectively, locally, as well as,  globally. And, financially, the cost of i-discipleship is much lower than traditional discipleship strategies!

For more on effective online discipleship check out the following resources:

God is calling you to transform the world – one person at a time. What better time to start than right now?

How are you using social media to leverage online discipleship?

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

Stay Blessed!

Kenneth Lillard

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YouVersion Bible App For Facebook

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

Many of us find ourselves connecting, updating our status, and networking on Facebook more often than we might like! But did you know you can access and read the Bible while you’re logged on to FB, America’s #1 social networking site? Yes, you definitely can!

YouVersion.com has a new Bible app out for Facebook. This great new application allows you to:

  • Read the Bible online
  • Access many different translations of the Bible
  • Go to specific books, chapters, and verses
  • Select verses or passages and share with friends or post on your wall  

It’s now really easy and convenient to turn on the lamp and light of the Word while you’re logged on to FB!

For more information click here .

What a great way to study and share the Word!

Can you suggest other ways YouVersion’s Bible App for Facebook might be used?

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

Be Blessed!

Kenneth Lillard

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A New Thing – YouVersion

Ever found yourself in a situation where you forgot your Bible?  Now, you can have the Bible right at your fingertips. YouVersion has developed an app for your mobile device which allows you to access the Word in 41 different translations and 22 languages. Over 4 million YouVersion users have spent over one billion minutes reading the Bible on their smart phones and other mobile devices. If you haven’t already, check out YouVersion and let me know what you think! Following are links to their website and blog: http://www.youversion.com/mobile , http://blog.youversion.com/ BTW, one of the most amazing things about this great app is that it’s free!

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

God Bless

Kenneth Lillard

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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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