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Church and Social Media 2015 Year in Review, Part 2

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Welcome to Part 2 of ‘Church and Social Media 2015 Year in Review!’ Picking up where we left off in Part 1, here are my picks for the top, most impactful, most insightful church social media #chsocm stories and sites posted on social media in 2015:

That completes our ‘Church and Social Media 2015 Year in Review, Part 2.’ It’s truly been an eventful and exciting  year in church social media. Would love to hear what your favorite church social media stories and sites were in 2015. Please feel free to share your favorites with me and the readers in the comments section!

Btw, to stay on top of all the latest church social media stories, sites, and developments read SOCIAL MEDIA and MINISTRY NEWS weekly.

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

Have a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous 2016!

Be Blessed Everyone,

Kenneth Lillard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Resurrection Sunday 2014 and Social Media

                                                  Happy Easter 2014!

He Is Risen

Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life, in Christ Jesus. WOW! I mean, just think about that for a moment. What an incredible blessing. And this is the awesome gift of grace that we celebrate this Resurrection Sunday 2014!  

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” ~ John 11:25-26

As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday 2014, we’re certainly mindful of the fact that Easter is the highest attended church service of the year! Many church members will bring guests to church with them, and many non-churched people will often choose Easter Sunday as the one day in the year they will attend a church service. Consequently, many churches have developed social media plans to encourage and invite others to participate in their Easter Week activities and services.

The following are some great ways social media is being used by church communicators, and others, to share Resurrection Sunday 2014:

How is your church using social media to encourage others to participate in Resurrection Sunday 2014 activities and services?

Praying You Have A Blessed Easter 2014!

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

Be Blessed,

Kenneth Lillard

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Merry Christmas 2013 And Happy New Year 2014!

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Can you believe it’s Christmas Eve 2013? Yes, it is! It’s a time to rejoice and show love for family, loved-ones, and friends. It’s a very special season of gift-giving, and great expectancy when miracles, both big and small, can and often do happen!

Most of all, let us remember the real reason for the season. Christmas is the time to celebrate the birth of Christ, and his timeless message of love, peace, and joy to all the world. (See YouVersion Christmas devotional reading plans.)

Oh, and while you’re enjoying the sights, sounds, and joy of this Holiday Season, don’t forget the less fortunate members of our families and communities. Reach out to them, so they may have a Merry Christmas, too!

Wishing You and Your Family the Very Best this Christmas Holiday Season! And Have A Very Happy, Blessed and Prosperous New Year 2014!

How are you celebrating the Christmas Season?

Have you written out your goals and plans for 2014? It’s not too early to start!

Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus! Be Blessed, Kenneth Lillard

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Facebook Fast For Lent?

Did you know that a number of people have chosen to fast from Facebook for Lent? That’s right! They have already gone cold turkey from the world’s largest social network in order to draw closer to God during this period of spiritual preparation for Easter. If you are reading this post on Facebook, I assume you have decided not go that route.

Many have chosen to embark on other types of fasts. In Biblical times, fasting meant subsisting on water alone, or abstaining from rich foods and eating a vegetable only diet, e.g., the Daniel fast (see Daniel 1:8-16).

However, in 2013, we Christians fast, not only from food, but also from television, video games, carbon, electronic devices, media, and social networking – including, of course, Facebook and Twitter.

There is now a vigorous debate going on as to the costs and benefits of going on a social media fast for Lent. While some have chosen to do the social media fast for several days, others have decided to unplug from the social networking grid for the whole 40 days. And many others have refused to fast at all from Facebook, or any other social network, during Lent.

The goal of any Lenten fast (or other Lenten discipline, such as repentance, prayer, study, works of love) is to give up something we’ve become accustomed to, in order to remind ourselves of how we should be dependent on God. “Man does not live by bread alone.” Dueteronomy 8:3.

Believe it or not, some spend more time in the digital world than in the real world! Man does not live by Facebook alone, either. So, here are some of the pros and cons of going on a social networking fast for Lent.

Benefits of unplugging from the social networking grid:

  • You’re not being constantly distracted from focusing on God by a steady barrage of status updates, tweets, likes, RT’s, DM’s, etc.
  • You can get outside more – breathe fresh air and sunshine.
  • Pace of life slows down – you don’t feel so hurried or rushed all the time. Enables you to better focus on Jesus and his meaning in your life.
  • Reclaim valuable time from continual social networking.
  • Sharing everything is not always such a good thing.
  • Decreases tendencies to narcissism and selfishness.
  • Reconnect face-to-face with family, friends, loved-ones, and neighbors.
  • More time available for prayer.
  • More quiet time to meditate on the Word of God.
  • Beneficial to one’s spiritual and relational health.
  • More time to appreciate the hope of God whose “steadfast love endures forever”!

Disadvantages of going on a social media fast:

  • Social media helps you to see and appreciate the hand of God at work in the world.
  • FB helps to deepen community by connecting you to those you care about, as well as others around the globe.
  • Social media helps you to minister, care for, and love your neighbors in  a broader spectrum of ways.
  • Social media is not a distraction from God, but rather reminds you of how truly awesome He is, giving you new reasons to appreciate Him even more.
  • Helps one to grow and develop spiritually, personally and professionally.
  • Social media helps to enrich one’s life through exposure to new knowledge, ideas, and friendships.
  • Social media provides more opportunities to share the Gospel, as well as, serve and minister to others, both locally and globally.

While the debate continues, the important thing to remember during Lent is to stay plugged in to God, drawing closer to Him, and seeking to deepen an understanding  of His purposes in our lives. This can be done whether we’re on Facebook or totally unplugged from the social networking grid!

The following are some reflections on this debate:

How to Give Up Facebook for Lent and Keep Your Friends – CNET

Why I’m Fasting From Facebook This Lent – Becky Garrison

Why I’m Not Giving Up Facebook For Lent – Christ and Pop Culture

Four Lessons From My Lenten Social Media Fast – Robert Talbert

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

Be Blessed,

Kenneth Lillard

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Faith And Social Media 2012 – The Year Ahead!

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Welcome to 2012! It’s slated to be an exciting, eventful year – what with the Summer Olympics in London, and presidential elections in France and the United States, just to mention a few! And it’s also expected to be an exciting year for social media and faith, as well!

As you begin the journey into the new year, it’s critically important to know where you’re going, and to have a good roadmap or GPS to help get you there.  Advanced planning is vital for social media success in 2012! 

Do you have your new Facebook Timeline profile ready or activated? What is your social media strategy for this year? How does it differ from last year’s? Do you have  LinkedIn or Google+ strategies for your ministry or church? Have you established daily, weekly, and monthly social media schedules? What are your S. M.A. R. T. social media goals for the year ahead? 

Right out the gate, here are some of the major trends to look for in 2012: 1) An increased usage of mobile devices, especially smart phones and tablet computers (like the iPad 2) – Make sure your website is mobile friendly! ;  2) Social networking will remain huge – Can you believe Facebook will surpass one billion (with a “b”) registered users this year?; 3) Expect to see increased usage of short videos; 4) Social media will continue to play a major role in social and political mobilizations and movements; 5) Trust, transparency, and respect will become even more important;  and 6) Look for an increased adoption of social media by non-profits, churches and other faith based organizations. 

As you engage your social networks in 2012 remember to listen to and learn from them. They have a lot to teach you! Harvest insights and share them.  Use smart metrics to measure your social media effectiveness (ROI). Always seek to be helpful and to add value to the individuals in your networks. Your vision is your compass. And remember, your focus should always be on Jesus! The challenge is adapting digital technology and social media to share the Gospel more creatively and effectively, both locally and globally!  And finally, don’t neglect in person fellowship!

The following are examples, suggestions, tips, and tools that, hopefully, you’ll find helpful on the social media and faith journey ahead:

What are your social media goals for the next twelve months? 

We’re wishing you success, prosperity, and all the very best in 2012!

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

Stay Blessed!

Kenneth Lillard

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Ministry And The New Media

The new media today are all online. And they are all social! Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Foursquare, blogs, and podcasts are all part of today’s communications revolution known as social media!

The millions of people on these social networks have one thing in common – they’re all connected to others on the Internet. And increasing numbers are connecting through mobile devices like smart phones and iPads. Facebook alone has over 700 million users making it larger than most nations in world today!

The new media allow us to connect with online communities in entirely new and exciting ways! They empower individuals to not only engage with others through Web 2.0 technologies, but also enable them to create and share original content.  This has vast implications, especially for ministry!

Social media provide those in ministry with a whole new set of tools with which to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in creative, unprecedented ways!  Here are a few examples of how to get social with the new media:

  • Write a blog to connect with others and share your message – You’re reading my blog now, Faith Based Media 2.o, all about faith, social media, and technology!  
  • Create a personal website to define your online identity – For example, mine is Kennethlillard.com. It can be your online homebase. Connect it with all your other online presences.
  • Build an online community, or join a social network like FB or Twitter to engage and share the Gospel, encourage others, share scriptures, fellowship, collaborate, and organize. I’m on FB, LinkedIn, and Google+ at Kenneth Lillard, and Twitter @revkenlillard.  
  • Establish a church website – Expand the reach of your church’s ministry beyond the four walls of the building. Let your website be a virtual door into your church. Connect with others in your local community and around the world! 
  • Serve others online – For example, on your mobile phone you can text FOOD to UNICEF to donate $10 to feed starving children in the Horn of Africa.
  •  Use social media platforms as  interactive digital channels to share your ministry’s vision and message. Create an interesting mix of  text, photos, audio, and video to increase impact.
  • Curate helpful and interesting posts, articles, and links and share them with your network.
  • Use new media to tighten your network’s internal communications, and keep it informed
  • Answer questions and solve problems through polls, crowdsourcing, and surveys.

In our 24/7, digitally connected world, I’m excited about the great potential for ministry to use social media to help increase influence for Christ in the world! 

How is your ministry using social media to share the Gospel!  

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

Stay Blessed!

Kenneth Lillard

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Faith, Social Media, And The Earthquake

Social media is all about connecting with people and engaging in conversations around the issues of everyday life. For me as a Christian, that means engaging from a faith perspective!

I’m excited about engaging in social media conversations about purpose, faith, family, and goals and dreams. However, today’s online conversation took a jolting turn:  the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled the East Coast of the United States this afternoon!

I live on the East Coast. Around 1:51 p.m. my house began to vibrate and shake. Gently at first, and then the shaking became increasingly more violent! The floors swayed for about 45 seconds! And believe me when I say, those 45 seconds felt more like 45 minutes! Pictures and mirrors moved on the walls, and items toppled from cabinets and shelves. Then it stopped, just as suddenly as it had started. 

Miraculously, there was no broken glass, no injuries, no visible sign of any damage done at all. All I could say was, “Thank you, Jesus!”

Shortly following the quake, I posted about the event on Facebook and Twitter, and immediately got responses from others who had felt tremors in VA, MD, NYC, and MI. We touched and agreed how good and merciful God was for providing His covering, and for blessing us to survive and escape the quake unscathed!  

We prayed for, and encouraged one another! We inquired how we might be of assistance to others who might have been hurt or suffered loss. We applied our faith

I connected with family and friends on FB, made phone calls (including to 911), and visited with neighbors to try to make sure folks were OK! What a beautiful sight to see neighbors assisting neighbors, even though we all seemed a bit shaken up!  Happily, everyone seemed to have made it through the quake in pretty good shape. Praise Our God!

Social media can be a great tool for reaching out to serve others in emergency situations like today’s  5.8 earthquake!  It’s a great assist in checking on each other, and ministering in times of stress and need, to encourage, comfort, collaborate, and quickly mobilize assistance!  

When you step into service to others your light shines forth, not to call attention to yourself, but to glorify your Father in Heaven!  (See Mathew 5:16.) Praise God for His goodness and mercy in bringing us safely through today’s quake! 

What suggestions do you have for applying faith and social media during emergencies?

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

Stay Blessed!

Kenneth Lillard

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