Updated. If you are not using social media to further your ministry you are missing some great opportunities. The social media footprint that you and your ministry has, needs to be examined on a regular basis. For example, our student ministry used to have a myspace page, not anymore. Not because myspace is going away (it is not) it is just because the demographic of our student ministry is less impacted by myspace than it is with Facebook. But there are tons of ways to connect with students via social networking. To better use your time, try this…print up a quick survey for your students and ask! Crazy, I know…keep it simple, we all know that the combined user totals for twitter and Facebook are over 600 million (if you didn’t know that, now you do) so you don’t need to ask how many use what…just ask which they prefer.
Some questions you may want to ask:
- Would you rather get info about (your name here) from Facebook/myspace/email/twitter/ning.com etc.
- Do you have a smart phone?
- What apps do you use?
- Would you be interested in YouVersion Live? (see below for video explaining this wicked cool feature) I am finding more and more students using their cell phones during our teaching time to follow along with the scripture that I am teaching from.
Just get a feel of what communicates to your students the best and spend your valuable time on those. Your students still may be the type to want a postcard. I have students that don’t have access to internet unless it is at school, so I just have them on a list to mail calendars to. There are not many, but I don’t want to exclude those students that cannot afford the Inet at home.
Feel free to add your thoughts of questions to ask students…