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Ed Stetzer – The Church is not dying…Link to video: Stop Saying the Church is Dying -- Ed Stetzer.
“I can give a prescription that will bring a revival to any church or community or city on earth.
First, let a few Christians(they need not be many) get thoroughly right with God themselves. This is a prime essential. It this is not done, the rest that I am to say will come to nothing.
Second, let them bind themselves together in a prayer group to pray for revival until God opens the heavens and comes down.
Third, let them put themselves at the disposal of God for Him to use as He sees fit in winning others to Christ. That is all!
This is sure to bring a revival to any church or community. I have given this prescription around the world. It as been taken by many churches and communities, and in no instance has it ever failed; and it cannot fail!”
Beginning today you will find a new emphasis and new direction on this site. Originally titled “Church Resurgence”, this site was dedicated to helping churches that were interested in revitalizing their ministry. However – the Lord has laid upon my heart the importance of personal and church Revival. When our churches experience revival – they will most definitely be revitalized. Therefore – beginning now this site has been renamed Rekindled – Praying for Revival. I will feature quotes, information, teaching material, conferences, resources and more on the subject of real, old-fashioned Revival.
Social media is essential today for church ministry and yet so many churches are lacking in this area. I have heard many church leaders proclaim that churches and pastors of yesteryear never needed the internet and social media. That is true indeed for them, but it is not true for us today. Social media and the internet in general are the means by which people communicate, research and inform themselves today. If your church is not maximizing their website and using some of the tools available on social media than to most people you might as well turn off your sign, remove your add from the yellow pages and turn your lights off because they will not find you.
There are many areas of social media and trying to play catch up can be daunting. Here are five quick tips:
1) Keep your website up to date. It is better to not have a calendar than to have a calendar that is outdated. It is better to not put up pictures than to only have pictures of VBS from 4 years ago. Using a calendar and posting pictures are great – but they must be kept up to date. Even more important today is making sure that your website is mobile ready. People are using smart phones and tablets today to access the internet.
2) Churches should use Facebook Pages. A Church can best be in contact with their congregation and community through a Facebook Page. This is currently the most heavily used social media platform that spans all age groups. Fine someone to update it and use it. Post events, encouraging quotes or Bible verses, share the Pastor’s upcoming sermon series, share photos from Youth events, or engage the congregation with questions.
3) Pastors should use Twitter. Twitter is a great way for the Pastor to communicate his activities, updates and offer encouragement. You can even tie it into the church Facebook page if you so desire.
4) The Youth Pastor should use Instagram. This is currently the most effective social media platform for the younger generation. The youth are visually driven and Instagram is a photo sharing platform with minimal dialog.
5) Have a blog. The Pastor or another church leader should have a blog. People look for them and want to see what is being discussed and offered on that format. They are free and easy to use.