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internet evangelism day
Sunday 1 June 2014
Internet Evangelism Day aims to encourage individual Christians, churches, and ministries to use the incredible potential of digital media to share the good news of Jesus, in an intentional but appropriate way.
In the last eight years, the Internet has changed dramatically:
- vast growth in digital access via mobile phones, including developing countries
- the advent of social networking, through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other networks
- growth of the video short on YouTube and elsewhere, to communicate visually, and often by storytelling
It is now possible for any Christian to engage in conversations online - no longer is digital evangelism a specialism, needing writing or technical skills.
Suggestions for churches
The IE Day organisers hope churches will encourage members to understand the possibilities of using the Internet for evangelism. Their suggestions for using Internet Evangelism Day in a church or group are:
- Reproduce (or link to) this short news item in your church announcement sheet, church newsletter, blog or website, or any other media.
- Create a short focus spot in a meeting on (or near) 21 April, or even theme an entire service around digital evangelism opportunities. A very short focus spot might be little more than a verbal announcement. If more time is available, then you could add components such as a video short (for example the YesHEIs cartoon , PowerPoint slides, an interview with a church member involved in digital ministry, perhaps with a live projected demonstration of posting video clips into Facebook).
- Build on this awareness to plan a ministry or church digital strategy if you do not already have one.
- Consider appointing a ‘digital advocate' to resource your fellowship or team.
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