12Oct

finding focus in the follower frenzy

We marvel as we daily unpack all the Gospel-sharing possibilities online for today’s Christ follower. While the communication methods have radically changed, the end game hasn’t. The God-given expectation to share His Truth and extend the invitation to others remains constant. In the beginning, the first followers leveraged whatever platform was available and they were never confused about their orders or the cost. Paul’s words demonstrate this perspective:

God didn’t send me out to collect a following for myself,
but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for Him.
And He didn’t send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own,
lest the powerful action at the center – Christ on the Cross – be trivialized into mere words.”

I Corinthians 1:17
THE MESSAGE

Paul kept it real and all about Jesus. In a time when our media is buzzing with ‘who are you following and who is following you’ Christ followers have to be committed to The Source, charge, and purpose. Paul got it and we need to get it too. As we roll forward we want to stay center to the road.

On this site, we are setting our hearts toward how we can:

LEARN FROM CHRIST: Jesus Christ was the Master of gathering followers, connecting, building community and impacting lives. He came to not only save us — but to show us how to live. We want to go there with you and be fully immersed in the authenticity and eternal relevance of our Lord.

BE TRANSFORMED: Being a Christ follower online takes a different kind of vulnerability and discipline. Let’s face it — spiritual maturation is a lifelong journey. It’s about change from the inside out. It’s not just about what we are called to do, but also what He is doing in us as we follow where He leads. In God’s economy, you can’t live and love like Him without it splashing back and changing you.

DEMYSTIFY SOCIAL MEDIA: It’s time to leverage the mission field at our fingertips. We don’t claim to know all the answers to all the questions of a medium that changes rapidly every day. But God is faithful to give us just what we need when we need it. We want to remove the veil and help every Christ follower to jump in and communicate with impact. As Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to come alongside us —we too want to come alongside others that have a passion to reach the world for Christ through the powerful medium of social networking. No mystery, no big price tags, just the simple ‘how to’ instruction — easy and engaging. We don’t want anyone that follows Christ to miss out on what He is doing in such a time as this.

We’ll readily share what we have been shown and ask you to do the same!

Are you in?

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  • Melinda

    I’m so in!

  • Toni

    It’s better when we do this thing together, yes? Bless you Melinda. We’ve got fields in front of us . . . .

  • http://twitter.com/GordonMarcy Gordon Marcy

    Using media and technology for the gospel (while the doors are open) is one of the greatest challenges facing the Church today. I commend you for taking on the task of helping more to get out of the pews and into the battle.

    Yes, together we are stronger. Could not agree more…

    “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!” Nehemiah 4:19-20

    Have heard the call. I’m in.

  • Toni

    Gordon – you are a pioneer in this area and have carried this torch for a while. I could not agree with you more. I think there’s a lot of affection for technology, committees, and communication plans whirling around right now in the church and not enough boldness and trusting God to do His thing … and do it well. I’m so excited God is bringing people like you into our conversation. We do need to get on one page and get ‘er done! THANK YOU for that quote from Nehemiah. We are widely separated and the work ahead is great but God has shown Himself strong in similar situations throughout history and He will do the same today!

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  • Suzanne Rigsby

    I’m in too! Hand in hand!

  • Toni

    You rock Suzanne! Thanks for dropping by & for the encouragement.

  • Tami Heim

    Yeah Suzanne – ///

  • Tami Heim

    Amen and Amen!
    A privilege to have our hearts connected here.

  • Tami Heim

    Melinda – YOU are so loved.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    Linking hearts and keyboards. Count me in.

  • http://twitter.com/kennysilva Kenny Silva

    I’m in x 1000.

  • http://twitter.com/GordonMarcy Gordon Marcy

    Thanks Toni. I’ve always felt late, following in the footsteps of greats like Global Media Outreach, LifeChurch.tv and others that have been leading the way with online ministry for years. I sense a building momentum though. Your entry is a part of that.

    BTW, When God moved in Nehemiah’s situation, they finished the job in 52 days. On that schedule, He would enable us to get ‘er done before Christmas. -:)