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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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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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Global Day of Prayer 2010

Today, Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2010, is the Global Day of Prayer. Ten years ago, in July 2000, a dream to begin a Day of Prayer was born in Africa. Today, that dream has become a reality and spread across the planet!

Social media networking continues to play a vital role in spreading the Gospel. The message of the Global Day of Prayer is prayer really makes a difference. Prayer, definitely, changes situations and circumstances. What better time to join our voices with other believers around the world in praying for the healing of our world!

Click the following link to checkout the Global Day of Prayer 2010:

http://www.gdopusa.com/

For more information on Pentecost see the following excellent article by Mark D. Roberts on beliefnet:

http://blog.beliefnet.com/markdroberts/2010/05/pentecost-faq-what-is-the-christian-celebration-of-pentecost-all-about.html

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

God Bless,

Kenneth Lillard 

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Social Media 101 – MySpace

As we continue our series on the basics of social media, we will take a look at getting started with MySpace.

MySpace is one of the most popular social networking websites in the United States. It has over 100 million users worldwide.

What is MySpace? Check out this brief tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQMmMutdoSI

The link below will take you to a video on getting started with MySpace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdwMt7WrYJ8

Always use MySpace in love, and to glorify God!

Know who you are and whose you are. You were born for greatness. There is no limit to what you can do through Christ Jesus!

God Bless,

Kenneth Lillard

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Social Media 101 – Facebook

We are continuing our series on understanding the basics of social media.  This session will focus on Facebook.

Facebook is a social networking website which was  founded by Mark Zuckerberg and a group of fellow Harvard University students to get to know their new classmates. It has since evolved and grown to over 350 million users worldwide. In 2009 Compete.com listed Facebook as the most used social network on the planet followed by MySpace.

Facebook users can add friends and send messages. They can update their personal profiles to let their friends know about themselves. Users may join networks organized by school, workplace, city, or region.

To get started on Facebook take a look at the video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4yu1XJQP50

Fot more advanced instructions on Facebook check out the Mashable Facebook Guide http://mashable.com/guidebook/facebook/

Always use Facebook in love, and to glorify God.

Know who you are and whose you are. You were born for greatness. There is no limit to what you can do through Christ Jesus!

God Bless,

Kenneth Lillard

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Social Media 101 – Twitter

We are continuing our series on understanding the basics of social media. Today we’re spotlighting Twitter.

Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service. Users can send and receive messages of up to 140 characters, called tweets. Twitter was created in 2006 by Jack Dorsey. It is rated in the top 50 most popular websites worldwide.

Check out the link below for a video on getting started with Twitter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0xbjIE8cPM

For more advanced applications and ideas on Twitter check out the Mashable Twitter Guide http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/

Always use Twitter in love, and to glorify God.

Know who you are and whose you are. You were born for greatness. There is no limit to what you can do through Christ Jesus!

God Bless,

Kenneth Lillard

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