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Sharing a life-saving message to Facebook friend in crisis
Moving story of Tim Reilly sharing the good news through social media, at a critical point in a friend’s life. Two comments: - A prerequisite for this story: that Tim had a number of not-yet-followers as Facebook friends. - He was open to the guidance of God's Spirit on who to speak to, and to use real-time Facebook messaging rather than merely posting a comment or question. What lessons do you draw from this story?
Can your church appoint a digital advocate for evangelism & discipleship
For years, churches have frequently appointed a missions advocate (by whatever name) to be a channel for information and challenge to the wider fellowship about worldwide missions. Coordinators for other areas of ministry are also commonplace. There is now surely the same opportunity for churches to appoint someone to be the church advocate for the use of digital media in evangelism and discipleship.
Best version of The First Tech Support Call humor video
Just think about to how clueless we may have felt when we started online. And how much help we perhaps needed, as illustrated by Norwegian TV's 'The First Tech Support Call'. This is the best version (downloadable from YouTube) which includes the final punchline. Plus a free e-book for newcomers to the Web.
Understanding social networking from a Christian perspective
Dr Bex Lewis has produced a valuable overview of social networking (she has called it elseshere a ‘cheat sheet’) on her blog Digital Fingerprint. Check out the rest of the blog for many insights into the nature of social networking.
Globalize your website - help second-language speakers to understand your writing
If you receive comprehensive stats for your English language website, note how many visitors are not from your own country (or another English-speaking one), and are therefore probably second-language English speakers. You can help them greatly if you take steps to simplify your language. This also helps first language speakers, because it speeds up their reading and makes meanings clearer. A win-win situation! Eye-tracking research shows that people tend not to read an entire webpage, but quickly scan it for the main information they are looking for.
Love or lust - video clip comparison for sex versus love
Grainger Community Church have produced this effective video clip.
Teaching English online as a connection for sharing the gospel
It is said that the biggest single factor in Japanese coming to faith, has been taking English-learning classes run by Christians. There are various secular language-teaching systems that allow you to sign up as a mentor to help a learner. This is certainly an option for sensitive redemptive relationship-building. LiveMocha.com appears to enable such help. Other similar systems are listed on our Japan page, which also lnks to a Mission Network News story of such ministry in Taiwan.
Porn and sex dangers on Internet: protect you and your family with accountability program or filter
not taken sufficient action to counter wrong uses of the Web. And because the Internet is a sort of worldwide library – that gives access to anyone, anything, anywhere, in seconds – the dangers and temptations are real. Internet Evangelism Day strongly believes that the Web is a tool God has given us for evangelism and discipleship. But as in any other form of ministry, you need God’s protection. [www.urbana.org/wtoday.ephesians.cfm?article=95] Because you may be using the Internet in the familiar surroundings of home or office, it may seem deceptively safe. Although we encourage many types of online evangelism, we also want to alert you to potential dangers. See, for instance, our warning about outreach at Second Life. If you are involved in starting online ministry, especially outreach, you will be under additional attack [www.urbana.org/_articles.cfm?recordid=107] and prayer partners are essential. How bad is it?
Increase interest and support for your web evangelism outreach ministry
If you are already involved in some area of web evangelism, then Internet Evangelism Day can be used to enhance your own ministry.
Guide Network: networking and help on mobile device outreach and web evangelism
The Global Use of Internet and Digital Evangelism (Guide) Network is an informal networking resource, linked with Internet Evangelism Day & Web Evangelism Guide, Internet Evangelism Coalition, Global Christian Internet Alliance, Lausanne, and visionSynergy. [www.visionsynergy.net Its purpose: “Enhancing global spread of the Gospel in multiple languages via the Internet and mobile digital devices, by networking with practitioners to: * share resources and information * encourage Kingdom collaboration * help the body of Christ to embrace and engage in internet/mobile evangelism”