Apptastic Tuesday: Pastoring in the Digital Age

And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,

Ephesians 4:11-12

In many churches, the internet and social media are viewed as confusing, potentially divisive, and a frustrating necessary evil.  But as under-shepherds of Jesus Christ, we should utilize every available opportunity to equip the saints within our local body of believers for the purpose of building up the body of Christ.

Most weeks you only have a window of two to five hours to build up the body (if they are faithful every time the doors are open).  But through social media, there is an opportunity to speak into their lives many times over.  Therefore, we should stop looking at social media as a necessary evil and begin looking at it as an essential asset.  

Unfortunately, more often than not, the church’s Facebook or Twitter posts look more like a digital announcement reel than anything else.  As a result of this reality let me share with you a couple of body-equipping apps that I have found particularly helpful.

Feedly (iPhone / Android) – I love this app.  It is an incredible tool that has enabled me to read a variety of valid content, all in one place, that I’m able to share with my church.  Blogger, Tim Challies wrote a blog on how he utilizes it, and he includes his basic reading list as an attachment.  For those that are just getting into blog reading, it may be valuable to add his list and then progressively build your own as you become more comfortable with the process.  (Once you create an account you can add this blog by clicking here)

Buffer (iPhone / Android) – This app works in conjunction with Feedly and is especially helpful in making sure that your church’s Facebook and Twitter pages are updated with content on a regular basis.  Once the Feedly app is connected to your Buffer account, you can create specific times you want people to receive content, and once you upload that information, it will post automatically.  By only spending thirty to sixty minutes a week pre-loading content you can provide your church body with one to two to three weeks worth of reading material.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to read, and I hope that you’ve been encouraged and equipped with practical resources to help you lead well in your ministry context.

What are some of your favorite apps to equip your church body?  Comment below to share.

 

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