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Let’s take it a step further…
About that sermon…
While you’re working on that sermon, you are thinking about things. You are reading the texts, thinking of stories. Asking questions.
Share some of that online.
You can post “teasers” for your sermon, little previews or snippets of what you’ll talk about, or share the verses you’ll be highlighting. Post questions to get people thinking about the topic/theme of your sermon, maybe talking about it at home.
This is still work you are already doing; I’m just asking you to stop along the way and share some of your thoughts with the rest of us.
You can even share your struggles! Are these week’s texts particularly difficult? Tell us about that. We all get writer’s block or have a tough assignment at work. Knowing that our pastor has the same issues makes the pastor more human and relatable. (We will also appreciate your sermon more.)
Is there a story or anecdote you would love to include in the sermon but it doesn’t quite fit, or would take you off on a tangent? Why waste it! Share it with us on Facebook.
Church is about community. Use your community.
Make sure you are following pages from other congregations in your area (your same denomination or not) and your local community partners. You probably are a part of a synod or diocese… are you following them? What about your denomination’s “main” page?
Facebook can become a black hole, sucking you in and eating up all of your time.
So, set a timer for 25 minutes (when the alarm rings, stop!), and look for content you can share on your page, from these other organizations. You can share right then, or you can “save” posts (click on the upside-down caret on the top right of the post and you’ll get a drop-down menu with several options; click on “Save link”) to share them later: come back at lunch, look at your saved posts, and share a few more then, to space out your postings a bit.
Make your digital disciples create content for you!
Get your congregation involved!
Ask them to “check in” on Facebook. This will create a post on their wall, saying they are at church—letting all of their friends know about your church! And about all of the activities your congregation has going on!
Check in on Sunday morning, with a selfie.
Check in for Sunday school, and get a selfie with the person leading Sunday school or post a quote or insight from the class.
Check in when you go to the food pantry.
You (the page admin) will be notified of these check-ins, and you can choose to share them on your page to help spread the word farther!
(Plus, this is a way to slyly train people to share on social media what they are doing at or with church!)
Looking for some more ideas? Here’s another article with a few more suggestions.
What does your page currently look like? What are you sharing? Which pages or groups do you follow? How are you getting your disciples involved on social media?