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Black History Month and the Digital Age

Rosetta Catherine Lillard

February is Black History Month! My new book, SOCIAL MEDIA AND MINISTRY Sharing The Gospel In The Digital Age is dedicated to the memory of Rev. Dr. Rosetta Catherine Lillard (July 29,1927 – August 7, 2009). And that’s a good segue to Black History Month!

Rev. Dr. Rosetta Catherine Lillard was one of twelve (12) children born to godly parents, Joseph “Papa” and Georgia “Mama” Smith. Rosetta grew up in the historic Truxtun section of Portsmouth, Virginia.  Truxtun was the first black planned community in America! It was created in 1919 by the United States Housing Corporation to provide housing for African Americans employed at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard during the mobilization of World War I.

Truxtun had its own town manager, Fred McCracken, who had the distinction of being the only African American town manager in the United States at that time! (See Black America Series, Portsmouth, Virginia, by Cassandra Newby-Alexander Ph.D, Mae Breckenridge-Haywood, and the African American Historical Society of Portsmouth.)

The picture above is that of a young Rosetta Lillard in Truxtun, circa 1939. Rosetta Catherine Lillard would go on from Truxtun to become a broadcaster, and outstanding preacher. Along the way, she would gain two Doctorate degrees in ministry: a Doctor of Divinity, and a Doctor of Humanities in Ministry!

Dr. Mark E. Dean  (born March 2, 1957 in Jefferson City, TN) is an African American computer scientist and inventor.  He was instrumental in the invention of the PC, personal computer! Dr. Dean led the team that developed the ISA bus that enables multiple devices, such as modems and printers, to be connected to personal computers.  

Dr. Dean holds three of IBM’s original nine PC patents. He currently holds more than 20 patents. Dr. Dean led the team that was responsible for creating the first one gigahertz computer processor chip! In 1997, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Dr. Dean, one of the most prominent inventors in the field of computer science, is the first African American to be named an IBM Fellow, the highest level of technical excellence at the company.  Dr. Mark E. Dean, definitely, has made significant contributions to the field of digital technology. In so doing, Dr. Dean has helped to shape the Digital Age, and  many of the social media applications we have today! 

Which African Americans can you name who have made major contributions to the the Digital Age?  

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

Be Blessed!

Kenneth Lillard

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New Bonus Material – SOCIAL MEDIA AND MINISTRY

I’m happy to bring to you the second installment of Bonus Material for the readers of SOCIAL MEDIA AND MINISTRY Sharing The Gospel In The Digital Age (available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and lulu.com). 

My goal is to spoil my readers by providing them additional value,  as well as updating and upgradinging them with the latest information and best thinking in the field of Social Media and Ministry!

The bonus material below is provided to add fresh context to the chapter entitled  “Social Media 101”:

My hope is that this new bonus material will increase your knowledge of today’s social media and add to your reading enjoyment! Your thoughts and comments are always welcome!  

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

Be Blessed!

Kenneth Lillard

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND MINISTRY – A New Guide To Social Networking

 

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6

Loyal readers, I’m excited to announce today the publication of my new book, SOCIAL MEDIA AND MINISTRY Sharing The Gospel In The Digital Age!

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The cover of the new book shows people connecting from north, south, east, and west forming a cross!

Social media is all about connecting with people and building relationships. Being a  follower of Jesus Christ is also about relationships – a life-changing, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and with others in love, service, and humility!

SOCIAL MEDIA AND MINISTRY Sharing The Gospel In The Digital Age explores the broad impact of social media. It is a guide which provides practical information on how ministries, pastors and others can use Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to increase influence. It is a handbook for putting digital technology to the service of the Great Commission (see Matthew 28:18-20) in the Digital Age!

To preview this new book or to purchase it go to Lulu.com.

Thank you for your encouragement and support!

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

Be Blessed!

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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