8 Do’s and Don’ts for Interacting with High Schoolers on Social Media

8 Do’s and Don’ts for Interacting with High Schoolers on Social Media

Social media is the place where all the world’s a stage and you—a grown adult—find yourself playing understudy to the next generation. Hey, we get it. As soon as you get a grasp on Facebook or Instagram they announce another big change. And new social media platforms are popping up all the time. You might be tempted to just stay away from social media, but then you’d miss out on some big opportunities for connection. If you want to grow in relationship with your teen, you have to be willing to... Read More
4 Tips to Utilize Social Media for Your Ministry Without Getting Overwhelmed

4 Tips to Utilize Social Media for Your Ministry Without Getting Overwhelmed

Social media is an essential form of communication for your student ministry. But it can be overwhelming. Tweet this. Post that. Snap this. Pin that. Send this. Upload that. You barely have the time to prepare for what’s happening this Sunday in your student environment, let alone the time to engage with what’s happening on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or one of the other 10,000 social media apps. But just because it’s overwhelming doesn’t mean it’s not... Read More
Dealing with Negativity on Social Media

Dealing with Negativity on Social Media

Social media is a wonderful tool, with which we could not do without. However, it does have its downsides—one of them being that it, by its very nature, invites user input. We are literally opening ourselves up to opinions all day long, simply by having a Facebook page for our churches. So, what happens when things get nasty? What do you do when an argument erupts in the comments, or when a church member starts trolling your Instagram account? Let’s discuss. . . .  Respond on Social... Read More
3 Social Media Pain Points for Churches

3 Social Media Pain Points for Churches

Social media is a wonderful tool when used correctly, but it certainly has its challenges, especially in the context of a church. But it’s not a space we can afford to ignore—social media is a must today. That doesn’t mean that it’s not frustrating at times, though! There are a few pain points that cause the most stress . . . but fear not! There are ways to fix them or work around them.  Lack of resources. Something I hear—and feel—often is the lack of resources when it comes... Read More
Instagram and Your Church

Instagram and Your Church

Instagram is one of the fastest-growing social platforms in existence right now. Sprout Social reports that there are currently upwards of 800 million monthly active users. Many experts project that number will rise to a billion by the end of 2018. For perspective, that’s more than double the monthly active users of Twitter. One of the main reasons for its popularity? The visual aspect of the platform. Instagram is 100 percent based on visuals. It’s easy to consume content quickly... Read More