First of all, please allow my most utmost apologies for my absence over the past few weeks, but I have been enjoying time with friends and family traveling and spending time with Jesus in various churches. It is hard to believe it has been 21 days since my last post so here it goes….we are about to talk media Q&A style today.
“I see a lot of churches that have a social networking presence, but I also see the destruction that it can cause within a body of believers. What is your view on social networking and the church? Should we have an online presence?”
In today’s society if you have a mailing address and you cater to one’s spiritual, physical, or emotional needs an online presence is practically a must. The culture of today is extremely plugged in and if someone can’t access you online and in some form of social networking platform you have thrown in the towel before you have even been given the chance to present the gospel.
Use media to encourage and lift up the body – if you lead by example people will catch on and you will see a change in your congregation and their media presence.
“So you are telling me that I need a social networking platform, but how? How is it beneficial to the body of believers?”
If for no other reason than to let people know that you are there in your community and that you care, maintain a social media presence. It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. It just needs to be there and kept up to date. Start with posting about your upcoming messages Pastors. Be aware of your congregation and connect with them using the social networking platform. Take a good look at some bigger churches to see their content and then look at churches just like you and see how they do things to find what works best for you and the body of believers you minister to.
“Do I need a media minister?”
No, you do not need a media minister. All you need is the knowledge of how to do the small things or a secretary that is willing to handle part of the media upkeep.
Now don’t get me wrong, if you have the budget for a media pastor/director then you will benefit greatly from their expertise especially one with a background in video, web, or graphics because they will be able to help further push your church into a direction filled with potential and with promise.
“If I don’t have the expertise and am unable to hire a media minister what do I need to do?”
I would say that your next best option is to hire someone that does media management such as a freelance media specialist that has a basic-substantial background and knowledge of social networking and media edict or a trusted college student studying media.
I hope this post answers some of your questions. If you have any further questions that you would like to see me answer please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to remain anonymous or you can post them below.