You already know how pervasive social media has become. It’s become a primary tool for communication, relationships and community. So if your ministry wants to “meet people where they’re at,” you’re going to have to invest heavily in social media, right?
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Five-or-so years ago I was locked in what felt like an all-out war over a dream that was in danger of dying, because a man who was much shrewder than me was bent on stopping it. One day, in my grief and fear and anger over what was about to happen, I felt God sort of “sit me down” and challenge me—it was clear that my “frontal” way of dealing with this situation was not going to work, and He was asking me if I was going to have the courage to move more shrewdly. In the nicey-nice Christian culture that is promoted and perpetuated in most churches, shrewdness is anathema—worse, it’s entirely off the radar as a spiritual practice.
If you’re working in youth ministry in the year 2012, you’re probably trying to do whatever you can to get your message out to students and families. The Internet was supposed to make this easier, but it didn’t and right now your communication strategy probably looks like this:
Guest post by Nathan Engman, Director of Youth and Family Discipleship, Memorial Lutheran Church, Katy, Texas.
I have heard it said that just because you have the church, it doesn’t mean that you are making disciples. However, everywhere you are making disciples, you have the Church. This speaks to a large assumption that churches have adopted over the last several decades.
I was a 90’s youth group kid, I admit it. I spent many nights wandering in the dark looking for a mob of people who did their best to hide from me. I was only an “eight”, the amount of marshmallows I could cram into my mouth and still mumble “Chubby Bunny”. “Underground Church”, “Manhunt”, and “Mafia”, yup I did them all!