3 Reasons Why Your Church Needs An Online Presence

Your church has a vision (at least I hope they do). If you cannot articulate your vision, your church is not doing a good job of communicating it. Communicating vision or anything of that matter is crucial. Communication is not a new concept for church leaders. This has been an issue for years. Thus the invention of the sacred bulletin. God forbid churches ever get rid of bulletins, but the reason they were created was to improve communication. Bulletins and stage announcements are great for communication, but if you are going to communicate effectively in a digital world, you must … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Your Church Needs An Online Presence

A Post to Parents and Student Pastors about bullying

15% of teens have personally experienced online harassment in the past 12 months according to a survey done by Covenant Eyes through their free e-book entitled A Parent’s Guide to Cyberbullying. Cyberbullying can occur on sites such as twitter, facebook, and ask.fm. In fact, ask.fm has recently been in the news quite frequently for some cyberbullying instances. Recently, buzz feed wrote an article on September 11th of this year recording 9 teenage suicides that have happened in the last year, all of the ones recorded were linked to ask.fm. One of the reasons it is so easy to become a cyberbully … Continue reading A Post to Parents and Student Pastors about bullying

Top Places our Teens are at Online

With the rise of smart phones among teenagers, we have seen an increase over the last five years in students being online. Students are online regularly communicating with others and surfing the web. Anytime you have a question about something (whatever that may be), you can instantly figure out the answer with a smart phone. Social media has been on the rise as well. About 6-7 years ago, Myspace had this brilliant idea to allow you to connect online. Nearly every teenager was on it. It was considered “the thing” at the time. Then, facebook came along for teenagers, and … Continue reading Top Places our Teens are at Online

Social Media Guidelines for Parents

Students today know nothing but social media. It is honestly a part of who they are. Social media is totally okay, but like everything else, the devil wishes to corrupt it. For parents, monitoring it can be a nightmare. Students have cell phones earlier in life. They have access to their social media accounts all of the time whether that be on their personal computer or their smart phone. So, how can parents avoid the negative effects that social media can have on their student? Participate with them on social media– If your student has a facebook account, you need … Continue reading Social Media Guidelines for Parents

The Top Dont’s of Social Media

Here are some quick dont’s about social media: Don’t Post when you are angry– This is obvious, but so many people do this. When a teenager is upset with another, you can tell on facebook or twitter. It is the same way with adults. When a parent is upset at one of their kids’ teachers, you can tell via facebook. Come on, when you are angry, you will more than likely post things that you will later regret Don’t post before reading through it again– Have you ever posted something, and then realized you forgot to proofread your post? Proofread … Continue reading The Top Dont’s of Social Media

What to do when your kid wants facebook

As I log onto facebook, I see more and more younger teenagers getting facebook. I still remember the day when facebook was limited too college students only with an active college email address. Then, when facebook was opened to high school students, it was near impossible for any student to switch over to facebook instead of their current myspace. Now, facebook is the thing. Phrases such as “facebook me” or “hit me up on facebook” are common for students these days. Today, I want to give you a few thoughts on what to do when your child wants a social media … Continue reading What to do when your kid wants facebook

Book Suggestion: #Going Social

Recently, I had the opportunity to purchase the book, “Going Social” by Terrace Crawford. Terrace is a good friend of mine in student ministry, and you should totally connect with him. He knows what he is talking about when it comes to social media. He is a regular on facebook, twitter, and google+. He also is a great blogger, and shares some of the best stuff out there. Here is a little about the book from Terrace: “If ever there was a time to leverage media to reach people with the gospel of Christ it is now! The message of this book is … Continue reading Book Suggestion: #Going Social