A recent article out of the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church outlines how many churches are beginning to utilize social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to connect with their members, and advance ministry.
One minister, Will Clark of Orange Park United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, has noticed that members of the church’s Facebook page are “friending” each other, although discussion about posts he has made have not been very active. Rooted Up visited the church’s website, and their Facebook page and can say that they are off to a good start with their communications. However, this has spurred us to research a “How To Guide” on creating and maintaining your church’s Facebook presence – and how to promote it. Look for this post in the coming week.
As for why you should use social media sites like Facebook, Rev. Clark does say that he has had opportunities to counsel people through the chat feature on Facebook – interactions he may not have had otherwise. He also posts teasers about upcoming sermons to try and create buzz and get people thinking – an excellent idea!
Read the full article from the Florida United Methodist Conference, and here’s hoping you will be inspired to apply what your learn to your church!