Welcome to the digital age – where the world is literally at your fingertips!
The number of Internet users leaped from 2.9 billion in 2005 to a whopping 3.1 billion in 2015. This means that churches too, now have access to reach over 3 billion Internet users around the world!
“For churches to effectively deliver the message of the Gospel in today’s world, they need to have an online presence,” says Tim Schraeder the co-author of Outspoken: Conversations on Church Communication (2011). Continue reading to learn how you can use digital media to propel your ministry forward.
The web is the new front door for your church. Keep it open!
Many churches have leveraged the digital age without compromising their calling to serve the physical church. But these numbers are very few! It is time to come up to speed with the latest tools that digital media has to offer. Consider these statistics:
- 33% of Americans have said that they had learned about their church on the Internet.
- 64% have said that they visit a church website to stay more connected.
A website is, undoubtedly, an extremely useful tool for churches.
Today, the church seems to be known more for what it stands against, than what it stands for. A website gives you the opportunity to tell others what your church really believes in, how it builds community and displays the love of Christ to others.
Blogs can be the voice of your church. Speak up!
One of the great ways to share your thoughts with a global congregation is through the medium of blogs. Popular Christian bloggers, including Dr. Ray Pritchard, Carey Nieuwhof, Ed Stetzer, John Piper and Andy Stanley, are already influencing and inspiring thousands through their thought-provoking blogs. In the meantime, you can also check out these compelling insights from Ed Stetzer.
Blog posts are a great way to impact and connect with the global online community.
The Internet is the new church building. Start constructing!
A lot of big churches broadcast live sermons to reach a wider audience. For a church that may not have the equipment and resources for live broadcasting, recording videos of sermons and posting them online also serves the same purpose.
Social media is the new meeting place. Be a part of it!
With millions of active users across the globe, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have become the three biggest names in social network. The people have already gathered, now you need to reach and engage them!
Facebook is used by 72% of online Americans. Therefore, it makes for a great tool to engage the local community. Likewise, Twitter has the largest community of young users, making it a useful tool for pastors serving in youth ministries.
Paul says, “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” (1 Cor 9:22b-23). With this in mind, let us also choose to embrace the digital age to impact God’s Kingdom.
Latest tools and technologies are more accessible now
There are a number of church conferences that can help your church either kick-start or enhance your online presence. They connect you with many amazing speakers and resources to help propel your ministry forward.
For example, the 4-day Proclaim 16 – NRB in Nashville will recharge your spiritual batteries, and give you information on all the latest technology for your ministry. You can also connect with experts from Facebook, LifeChurch.tv and Hubspot during the pre-conference sessions.
With a registration fee of just $55, Church Media U seeks to equip pastors with necessary software for efficient digital communication in their church. Make the most of the individual consultation sessions that will help resolve any specific challenges that you
may face in this regard.
WFX Reach, in North Carolina and Texas, is a good opportunity to familiarize yourself with the latest trends in digital media. You can also learn to develop strategies for better engagement with your online communities.
That Church Conference comes to Atlanta in the fall. This is where you can meet and interact with practitioners who want to help you grow your church. Don’t miss the
chance to be trained by experts who run the online communities for some of America’s biggest churches!
WFX Nashville offers two and a half days of education and training on digital media and technology. Bring your tech teams along to be enriched and trained together.
These are just a few of the many conferences that equip ministries with the right digital media resources. In fact, there are over 350 church conferences organized to uplift pastors and church leaders in 2017 alone!
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