WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? One word: Relationships. Every group leader should consider utilizing today’s media to connect with group members. And every group should consider which forms of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. will work best.
WHAT DO I DO? Here are three ways to use social media to increase connections:
- View, create and share information. Groups of all sizes are utilizing facebook, twitter, and other forms of social media to communicate. They communicate upcoming activities, prayer requests, and concerns. Every group member is a person who needs a place to belong and be loved just for who they are.
- Share interests and passions. God has made each member unique. One of the great things about social media is hearing the passion of group members. Group are most effective in reaching beyond their classroom wall, when they mobilize around group members’ passions and interests. Every group member is a missionary with gifts, talents, and passions.
- Continue the lesson after the group meeting. Reinforce the central point or life lesson that was taught by sending out a tweet, an email, a link, or a challenge during the week. Seek input from group members on how they are taking the truth of God’s word and applying it in their everyday life. Every group member is either exploring Christ or on a life-long journey of discipleship to become like Christ.
Social media is one way to build a more connected group and a foundation to build stronger relationships and groups.