7Mar

10 steps on the digital road to reaching millions

1.7 Billion and Growing

By Tami Heim

Important NOW

Keeping perspective in a world full of high-tech and high-touch shiny gadgets demands enormous energy and capacity. The velocity of change can blur your daily thinking about what’s most important – if you let it.

And what’s most important in all of it?  Right now One Spirit-filled voice has everything it needs to reach millions with a single post and click.

Coming Soon

And soon this cyber world will be even bigger. Instead of reaching millions, the number of people will grow to billions. Between mobile technology and satellite placement, this generation will more than likely live in a world completely WiFi enabled. A world where messages instantly travel to the ends of the earth. And while no one knows the day or hour of His return, believers with an alert heart feel the urgency. The revelation of what God is making possible compels them to take action. They know it’s time for digital disciples to unite, man their posts, and infiltrate the front lines of the cyber mission field.

God’s view

God’s status update regarding the world hasn’t changed: I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. ~ John 4:35, NIV

God’s expectation

Christ’s final commission hasn’t changed either: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. ~ Acts 1:8, NIV

Do you wonder how this all comes together for you?  Open your heart and listen closely.

10 Steps on the digital road to reaching millions

  1. Put first things first everyday – PRAY
  2. Ask God to let you see the world and the people in it like He does
  3. Embrace that you were born NOW on the timeline of eternity
  4. Learn all you can about the digital landscape
  5. Be confident in Whose you are
  6. Stay humble
  7. Meet people where they are
  8. Freely give what you have been given
  9. Serve others
  10. Love well

Millions are desperate for the Hope that’s alive in you. Today, they are within your reach.  What are you waiting for? It’s time. Let’s roll.

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What’s been the most effective ways you’ve shared your faith online?

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  • Kmac4him

    I believe my most effective way to share online is to stay within the boundaries of LOVE and TRUTH.  Every tweet must have the fullness of God’s LOVE – God’s Truth.  God is the same way, He does not give us His Sovereign Will alone, it is always accompanied by His Infinite Love.  Have you noticed that in your life? I have in mine, every time God’s Sovereign Will seems so hard that I can’t even bear to swallow it, there is His Infinite Love right there with me, helping me “grow through”! So I feel the same way about my online ministry, some people may have issues that the truth slaps right in their face and it hurts when they hear truth, so I keep it Truth and Love,  truth sometimes hurts, love always heals. Does that make sense to you? It does to me in my little world of being God’s exhorter.  Truth and Love! Together how good they are! Apart from each other hmmmmmm think about it! Truth without love sometimes read as fiery judgement and love without truth sometimes reads as lukewarm tolerance. Truth and Love are powerful together because Truth stands forever strong with the Love of God undergirding it. God’s Love Is The Way-Maker Of Favor For His Truth.  They work hand in hand. God’s Love Ushers In Truth By Way Of His Great Favor!  Truth and Love stand the test of time when they are balanced by the Holy Spirit’s timely discernment and Say So! Truth is put into your heart through Your personal relationship with the Father God, it is seasoned by your relationship with Jesus, by the passion of His heart and love for people and it is prompted by the Holy Spirit’s timing.  So relationship with the Triune God creates a heavenly spiritual rhythm in my every online tweet of Truth and Love!   I guess I want to be known online with a reputation that says: She believes in God’s truth with great compassion and speaks it confidently with great love! Truth And Love! I saw it in Jesus’ life, I hope for it in mine!

  • http://www.stickyjesus.com/ Tami Heim

    Preach it Kim – I’m thinking you need to do a guest blog for us! Thanks for the exortation and encrouagement. Bless you for your faithfulness.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rbcphotogirl robyn blaikie collins

    i find that the most effective way to share with people online is to engage with them first, show an interest in them. in who they are. in what they are interested in…

    when we show we care… and we prove that they can trust us to care… they are more willing to hear from us about a father who loves us… because they have already been loved by us. they can’t fall in love with a father if the person sharing isn’t showing them a glimpse of that love.

  • http://www.stickyjesus.com/ Tami Heim

    Robyn – beautifully said.  Connecting on topics of interest is a great way to engage and earn trust. That’s how most of my online relationships begin, too. A shared passion  creates the comfortable common ground for true heart to heart connections to happen. Thanks for sharing, making a difference in this space, and in the lives of others.

  • Anonymous

    As an online missionary with Global Media Outreach I have the privilege of getting contacted by people from every corner of the globe. 

    Today, I heard from a young woman in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

    She shared two needs: 1) To live with all her children and get a better paying job so she could provide for her family and 2) To have strength, because at times she feels weak and weary and wants to give up.

    Made my problems seem so insignificant. 

    Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” You too can go a missions trip every day, without ever leaving home: http://www.globalmediaoutreach.com/online_missionary.html

  • http://www.stickyjesus.com/ Tami Heim

    Gordon – you see and love God so purely. Your example always inspires us. Thanks for leading on the front lines and for sharing the link to GMO. If anyone is ready to step up to being a true online missionary for the good news - 
    GMO will get them ready for the assignment. Bless you, brother.  

  • Anonymous

    Tami-

    The most effective means has been one-on-one communication. As I have gotten to know people beyond the blur of twitter, it has become easier for them to reach out and ask for prayer or counselling,

    The second way is that I write a blog about daiky life and its problems often using Biblical stories and texts to make the point clearer.

    Recently, I have started sharing lyrics that move me during my daily commute. I almost always have Gospel music playing in the car, and since the twitter stream, in particular, are a little quieter then, I think the music touches people in a number of ways: brings back memories, addresses some issue in their life or offer them encouragement. Often I think it just reminds them that they are never really alone, and that they are always loved.

    When I have been able, I have done medical missionary trips to Haiti, and will do so again. But, in the meantime, these “activities” keep me grounded throughout the day, and I think offers some help and assurance to people that need it.

    As you stated in the post, it is important to know who we are, and be secure in that; and to know Whose we are, and share that.

    Martina
    @martinamcgowan

  • http://www.facebook.com/StreetKnightsSk8 Joey Basta

    Hey guys ….. Can you give me some tips on great and effective ways to Learn all I can about the digital landscape? Maybe you can write a post on how to do this, where to find the learning material, what to look for, a daily squedual, etc?? 

  • Teddy K

    Don’t forget having a low-cost, intelligently-designed, power-packed website for your ministry or church as well! I’m an advocate for FaithConnector. Check out their work @ http://www.theos.us.