19May

digital outreach: the 30 minute plan

The 30 Minute Plan

There’s a time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth. Ecclesiastes 3:1, The Message

By Tami Heim

Almost every day @stickyJesus there’s a conversation with someone that isn’t convinced he or she can make a Kingdom impact on social media networks. When pressing in on this topic, we discover that fear is holding the perception of time hostage. If you aren’t wise to the enemy’s tactics, he’ll easily use that fear of wasted time to keep your salt and light from infiltrating the online world.

Candidly, it’s time to pin fear to the ground and the enemy with it. 

If you’ve been following us for any amount of time, you know everything has to start with prayer. And of course we’re not letting you off the hook here. Pray, wait, and seek are mandatory first steps for any Christ follower intentional about God’s agenda online. You can’t effectively log on if you haven’t adequately powered up. Once you’ve established a solid connection, you’re ready to execute this 30 minute plan online. 

THE 30 MINUTE PLAN

SHARE – When you spend time with God, you never leave empty. Online is a perfect place to spread what He’s deposited in you. A daily verse, quote, picture, or video post could sum up His word to your heart for the day. When you bring your daily serving of fish and loaves to the networks, He will use you to feed the multitudes.

ACKNOWLEDGE – Check your  network walls and see if anyone has come by since you were last there. Make others feel valued when they stop by your page. Return a greeting. Offer a thank-you. ‘Like’ a comment or keep a friendly conversation going.

ENCOURAGE – Seek out 2-3 people you know and splash a word or two of encouragement on their walls. Speak hope to the discouraged.  Rejoice in the success of others. Remind someone exactly why he or she is special to you. Bless and be a blessing to someone every day.

ACCEPT – Make sure you take part of your time to accept new friends daily. Personally welcome new people and let them know you are excited to meet them.

ECHO– When you find inspiration in what someone else posts – pass it on. It’s a cyber way of paying kindness forward.  Be a willing part of God’s distribution channel and keep His truth flowing.

ENGAGE – Push beyond your comfort zone and reach out. You can meet new people in the places they frequent and by discussing topics that seem to interest them most. Be on the lookout and initiate a conversation with at least two new people a day. Trust God and He’ll bring divine meetings to you.

This little plan is simple to execute, requires no more than 30 minutes of your day, and will help you begin to make a Kingdom impact on whatever social media platform you use. Always remember, it’s about the quality of your relationships, not the quantity of them. Build trust and cyber doors will open to you and the God you serve.

What other ways are you leveraging your time online to make a Kingdom impact?

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  • http://www.petsplace.co.za Eileen

    Tx for pointing out the fear factor. I recognise this now that one can be AFRAID of wasting time. Or afraid that there will not be enough time left to do other things. I’m going to try to face this head on. God will honour our time if we honour Him. 

  • n-courage-r

    Keepin’ it to 30 minutes takes discipline. Connections connect to more connections and more connections bring more connections. But, hey, you’re words of wisdom and shared experience will help keep it real. Thanks! 

  • Tami Heim

    It sure does and as long as you are letting God lead the time might expand. This is a reminder that it is possible to participate, steward your time, and still make Him known through your contribution online. We have to make sure we don’t get lost following a rabbit when we need to be following Him. Thanks for stopping by! (love your signature)

  • Tami Heim

    He is cunning and will give you an apparently righteous reason to prevent your voice from being heard. God will honor the time you give to Him. Great to see you here Eileen.

  • http://twitter.com/celestephil TheWellness Workshop

     Thank you for this practical help!  Since meeting you guys a few weeks ago and reading through your site I have been challenged and inspired.  I even offered to head up a social media team at our church and now I’m trying to learn what that looks like.  This is a good pattern to follow!  May God Bless your ministry!  

  • http://twitter.com/celestephil TheWellness Workshop

     Thank you for this practical help!  Since meeting you guys a few weeks ago and reading through your site I have been challenged and inspired.  I even offered to head up a social media team at our church and now I’m trying to learn what that looks like.  This is a good pattern to follow!  May God Bless your ministry!  

  • Anonymous

    @twitter-118851054:disqus we are thrilled by your visit. We’ll be praying for your ministry at church. These are important times and God is raising up digital ministers every day. We are cheering you on. To God be all glory. May hearts be turned to His love through your diligence. :)

  • Tami Heim

    We are so excited you are stepping into this leadership role. Great is the potential of a willing heart. May you know and feel God’ delight in you.