The Barna Group has given the statistic that 4 out of 10 people who don’t attend church do not attend because of negative experiences in the past with church people (i.e. legalism, judgment, lack of grace, hypocrisy, etc.). How are you discipling your people in becoming attractive for the gospel?Matt’s answer? “This is simple: Jesus said when I am lifted up, I will draw all men to myself. When a congregation exalts Jesus instead of themselves, they will be much more attractive to the world.” I had a great time reading this article and learning more about a church that we work with, and I admire the foundation that they are based on. Each church has its own idea about how to reach its community, and one idea is not any better than the next, but it was refreshing to read about one that is making such an impact in an area of Austin that was doubted so much in the beginning. After all, Jesus didn’t surround himself with the wealthy, but with those who needed Him the most.
Maybe some of you think you are already doing great by following a blog and you are sick of hearing about the “new wave of social media” that is taking over the marketing world. My job is social media and blogging, and even I get sick of hearing about it. Being in elementary school when the internet took off and being the college student on Facebook (when only college students were allowed on Facebook), I really don’t know much else. With that being said, constantly reading about the statistics associated with social media and its effects can even wear me out. I love social media, but who wants to read every day about the effectiveness of Twitter and the statistics on how Facebook has skyrocketed in its 6 year existence? It’s true. Social media is huge and a lot of churches and non-profit organizations are jumping on board to connect with their congregations… and as it turns out, this information can be VERY important to your ministry. If you are part of a church that is still holding out on this idea, maybe this one fact will change your mind… Facebook. is. bigger. than. Google. Let that sink in for a minute… Think of all the times you have relied on Google or heard someone say, “Lets Google it.” Don’t get me wrong, Facebook is something I constantly use, too, but to realize that it was visited more in 2010 than was Google. Crazy. If this hasn’t convinced you of the huge opportunities that might be available to you on Facebook, I don’t know what will! Shelby Systems is a part of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and of course… we have our blog. We have seen a lot of great responses from these, and we think churches and non-profits could have the same (or possibly better) results. What do you think?
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
- Matthew 1:18-25This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.” When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
“Do you have a Gap card yet, ma’am?”
“Why no… no I don’t… let me add that to my phone real quick…”What do you think?