How did you meet the friends that you talk to? Maybe you bumped into them in a school hallway,or struck up a conversation with them after church, or maybe you were introduced from a mutual friend. We meet people through conversation, we develop relationships with people through conversations, we are constantly in conversation with people. We love having the opportunity to talk to people about our interests, our faith, or even how our day went.
Guess what? You can do this online as well…it’s this “little” site called Twitter. You can have conversation with people near and far, you get to hear their amazing stories, and best of all you get to invest in people, in humanity. Here are 5 reasons why your church should consider using Twitter to create relationships within your community:
- Community Building: Find out what your community is talking about. Search for people that are in your churches backyard and find out what they are talking about. What do they want from their community? What are their needs/wants?
- Outreach: If you believe that outreach is creating long-lasting relationships with people within the community, then this is a great tool to use. If you have done some community building, then use that information to create events for these people. If someone in your community tweets something about needing school supplies, send those to them! If someone needs food, put on a barbecue! If someone needs a listening ear…listen to them.
- Engage your church: Believe it or not, people in your church may be using Twitter -- engage with them, talk to them, keep them engaged throughout the week. There are many ways you can do this; accountability groups (online check-ins), discuss a devotion, follow up the sermon during the week, etc.
- Awareness: Let your online community know about events that are going on with your church. Tell them what is happening inside your church building. Tell your surrounding community that you are in the neighbourhood and care for them!
- Get involved: Leave your church building and go to community events, you can find out what’s happening in your community through Twitter, so use your online community to find out what’s happening in your neighbourhood! Go out, talk to people, and then reconnect with them online to keep that conversation going.
Everyone has a story to tell, so go out and listen to other people’s stories, tell your story, tell Christ’s story. There are entire events that happen surrounding stories. For example, in September, the 140 Conference is coming to Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge (Canada), and it talks about how social media has impacted real relationships, real experiences, real life. There are pastors, lay leaders, social media chaplains online, and there are many, many people seeking for answers about life.
Will you accept the call?