Social media platforms like FB, Twitter, and YouTube have proven to be very effective tools in helping to carry out the Great Commission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! These digital platforms allow for easy connection with increasing numbers of people; great functionality; and global reach!
Google is currently rolling out Google+ (Google Plus), a new social networking platform under the umbrella of the evolving Google brand. Just what we need, right? Another social network!
However, after taking a look at Google+, I’m very happy to report that it has the potential to be an excellent addition to your ministry toolbox! The following are some of the promising highlights of Google+ :
Circles – Great tool for pastors and ministry leaders to establish and communicate with selected groups of individuals, including staff, family, congregation, and each other.
Hangout – Video chat enables meet-ups on the web! Great for video conferencing, small-group and team meetings, and for staying in touch with missionaries in the field.
Instant Upload – Allows for quick and easy sharing of ministry photos and videos!
Sparks – Pushes connections to interesting online links, e.g., related websites, educational resources, etc.
Huddle – Enables group texting all on one page. Great for staff and small group communications!
Connect to Google apps – Provides easy access to a suite of Google productivity tools which many churches and ministries are already using, including Gmail, Docs, Reader, and Calender!
What’s missing? It would be fantastic if Google+ would allow churches and ministries to set up their own official pages. Hopefully, someone at Google is reading this!
Google+ can definitely be a great tool for ministries to use to help plan, strategize, and maximize their social media efforts in sharing the gospel; improving internal communications; and increasing ministry awareness!
How can Google+ help increase your ministry’s influence?
See the following for more on Google+ :
Will the Church Embrace Google Plus? – Ministry Best Practices
How To Use Google Plus – ReadWriteWeb
How Can Churches Make The Most Out Of Google Plus? – Sam D Brown
Until next time, remember, you can do all things through Christ Jesus!