I was contacted several weeks ago by a young man that is doing something similar to what we are doing, only with social media.
Christopher Burford helps churches create and train local staff to continue to post quality posts on their own. Social Media is becoming important in today’s day and age, and what a church and their staff posts on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and such is a direct reflection on their ministry, and can make a difference in whether or not a new family visits a church or decides a church is not for them.
Christopher has a website called Schoolyard Media (schoolyardmedia.net) and it is interesting reading. Christopher’s home church is Victory Baptist Church in Wichita Falls Texas. We talked on the phone this week, and I am still trying to get my arms around Christopher’s ministry, and how he and I can work more closely together. We talked briefly about setting up Facebook Pages for churches that do not currently have an official Facebook page (you can find Mr. Burford on Facebook).
After my conversation with Christopher I decided to set up a Facebook page for one of our supporting churches (Calvary Baptist Church in Mesquite Texas). It was an interesting experience, the Pastor and his wife are not on Facebook, but since I am currently maintaining their website for them, I figured I would link their website to the Facebook page, and see if we could get some members to start participating. It would still be a good way to help reach Mesquite with information about the church. They have a revival starting on Monday so I figured this would be a good time to kick it off. The Calvary Baptist Church Facebook page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/calvarybcmesquite/
Social Media has always been an integral part of our outreach, and talking with Christopher Burford about his ministry has helped me gain some clarity on the direction I need to go with it.