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Why Social Media Shouldn’t be Your Own Paparazzi

Social Media tends to make everyone a celebrity. By definition, status means, “high standing, prestige.” So every day that people update their “status” on social media, some cleave to that kind of thinking. 

Born from this are the hundred selfies people post online, the carefully cropped photos, and the separation of private life from public life. I read an article on how social media was set up like a paparazzi so everyone could feel like a celebrity. If you study how the successful marketers like the Obama campaign managed their social media, you would be left breathless at the success of it. I see social media in a different light. 

What if every Bible-only believing online Christian paid attention to what they posted? What if we examined our profiles as if we were an unsaved secular person? What would our social media say about us? What if every Bible-only believing Christian united together and posted with purpose and forethought? 

Yes, we’d each have our different denominations, but every Bible-only believing Christian church could unite while maintaining their individual personalities. I propose we leave the scandals of church out of our media, stop bashing church leaders online and on the golf course, and keep accountability within each individual church, using social media instead to help propel the Gospel first.

I’m building a new movement.

Will you help me fund it? Will you join me? Let’s use social media to shine Christ’s light through us into a dark world. Study the successful campaign of the Billy Graham Crusades, and you’ll see the foundation in which they built their organization. 

Learn more by clicking on this link:www.gofundme.com/TRCMagazine 

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Mission Strategy: Coloring Outside the Lines

19-08-6In taking the advice of a friend to further my education in Bible and Missions, I am reading Developing a Strategy for Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Cultural Introduction (Encountering Mission) by J.D. Payne and John Mark Terry. What strikes me is how it resonates so closely with my goals.

To paraphrase a paragraph I read at 4% through:

The Spirit interrupted Paul’s plans to plant a church in Philippi (Acts 16:6-7). I think immediately of my past ministries that had a short shelf life of 2-5 years. I was interrupted because, while these ministries were good, God had something better being planned. The writer continues on this subject:

“An example of this paradigm would include taking a tract-distribution strategy that the Lord used greatly in a highly literate part of the world and applying it in a predominately oral setting. Although the Gospel message contained in the booklet is God’s Word, relevant for everyone, the strategy would not be as effective when applied to a society primarily composed of oral learners.”

The Standard Solution the writers talk about appears to be a common exercise in church. Like what the authors conclude 5% through the book, the Standard Solution, “fails to take humanity and society into consideration.”

I’ve been hearing and reading how people are leaving the church. I’ve observed how church continues to work in a traditional sense to reach non-believers or the unchurched with programs, expecting people to come to them. It’s kind of like, “Check! We did this program! Evangelism effort done.” It’s evangelism on their terms without taking into consideration the need for love from the surrounding community; the gaping spiritual hole in the lives of the untouched and unsaved. The Standard Solution of church programs forget the relationship aspect of evangelism. Relationships take effort and time and is not age-restricted to young or old. It is not the responsibility of the leadership of the church to reach out, but rather the congregation. Neither do I see the mission quote, “Go where they are,” often exercised in the effort.

“Go where they are,” means becoming uncomfortable and learning the cultures in the people groups in your country and in foreign countries so the power of the Gospel in the lives of others becomes overwhelming, and not a barrier. That means the cultures of people groups in your own communities, whether they are white or some other race; people in our communities come from different backgrounds, both normal and dysfunctional. Going where people are means also going to the online world and engaging the culture who, like me, believe is another community; just as real as the real world. Going out of your comfort zone is not merely creating another church program in your building, but in physically seeking out unchurched and unbelievers in your community.

It means putting aside your pride and prejudices to learn new technology to engage others online, using your experience and knowledge to cultivate relationships; or perhaps, getting involved outside of your church in some secular position to get to know and learn the language of the world in order that you may help them understand the holiness of our Father. Church programs are okay, but it should not be the only strategy used for reaching people.

If we only have church programs, how is that challenging your congregation  to get out of their comfort zones? It seems to me that church programs keep congregations in their comfortable place rather than challenging them to do something non-traditional.

Let’s color outside the lines and think outside the box in our missions strategy. Jesus walked 13,500 miles before He began His ministry. After beginning His ministry, Jesus walked an additional 15,000 miles. He went where He was needed, and the online world needs a few hours of your time.

Cataclysm Missions International wants you. More information will be given to you later. Meanwhile, let me ask you: Is your primary reason for using social media to sell something or your church? Or is your first focus evangelism or discipleship? Are you in competition with other ministries and churches, or are you working with them for the greater goal of furthering the Gospel?

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Rooted

“We like to stay put. But from the beginning God’s heart has been for us to, as He told Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Gen. 1:28)…But again, humanity seems to crave a security that is rooted in the earth instead of in God alone.” – Naeem Fazal

The merry-go-round. I am thinking how rooted I’ve been for the past eight years, clinging to the earth as Naeem says on page 156 of Ex-Muslim.

Rooted to sameness, familiarity, and security, I have been entertaining a lot of fears–fears of trying something new; fears of disappointing people; fears of failing. But now, after a year of praying, I’m ready to be uprooted.

I’m ready to step off the merry-go-round.

Ways I Am Being Uprooted:
1. I am starting a new ministry in 2015.
2. I am seeking to further my education.
3. I am ready to live the life God has been training me to live.
4. I am ready to trust in Christ for my security.

Can life start anew at age forty? I am hungry again and eager to serve.