Social Media tools are prolific and constantly adapting. As a leader in kids ministry it can be challenging to make time to explore all of the different networks available. In fact, it can be exhausting to try and keep updates posted to various communities. With this in mind, let’s simplify your social media strategy by helping you to identify two communities you should be intentional about engaging:
Your Local Community
Joining Facebook pages for your local Church, City or community can be a great way to engage with other leaders in your region. The great thing about “liking” a page is you can be as passive or engaged as you would like. The Facebook feed will serve up occasional updates to you from the network. This allows you to keep a pulse on what is happening in the community where God has called you to minister.
Your Professional Network
As a children’s minister, you should be a member of an online network to help you connect with other leaders in our movement.
- Twitter provides a great way to get news and updates from various resources. The best way to use twitter for your professional network is to make use of the #kidmin hashtag.
- CMConnect.org provides a free option to connect with over 12,000 from all over the world. The network is all focused on children’s ministry and provides free forums and blogging tools for you to interact with and get answers to things you may be struggling through. There is a free chat tool, a video chat tool and various online collaboration tools.
Michael Chanley is a guest blogger for Kids Ministry 101. He’s an ordained minister with over 16 years experience serving families and children. Michael’s vision to serve those called to children’s ministry led him to create CMConnect.org — a free kids ministry network with over 11,000 members.