How can I get someone into the action?
Asher and Uriah get Clubhouse Jr. (a cute little kids magazine from Focus on the Family) and it had an article about a little 8 year old girl who saw a homeless man eating out of a trash can. For the next couple days she was still shook up by what she saw so her parents suggested she do something about it. The girl didn't know what to do so she asked some friends and they came up with a bake and art sale to raise money to give to shelters and other places that help homelessness. Then seeing fruit she then thought of painting jars to give to businesses to have people put their change in to donate to shelters. By the time she was 10 years old she had raised so much money she had to start her own foundation. She is now 18 years old and has raised over 3 million dollars.
I heard Ann Dunagan (author of Mission Minded Family and Mission Minded Child) speak not long ago and she told the story of how her and husband started their orphanage. They were doing open air preaching in another country and she saw a 12 year old boy with no pants. She looked around and saw kids without parents who didn't even have basic clothing. She saw. She felt. She acted.
When we see the need for someone we are ministering to to do something we can easily resort to only telling them all the things they should do or guilt-ing them when they don't do it. But when they aren't wanting to do something we need to recognize their desires need fixing, not just their actions. And when the issue isn't sin, it may be a matter of not seeing. If they were to see, the Lord could use it to bring about compassion. And the fruit of compassion is action. And compassion led action breeds more action. People can easily get so wrapped up in themselves and in their life that seeing outside of themselves is a huge need. So if someone isn't in the action, think of what you can do to help them see the need. Perhaps a video, a story, a statistic, a book they can read with you or maybe it's just taking them with you to serve.
What's the difference between a facebook group and page and how can I use them effectively for ministry?
Facebook pages and groups each provide different features.
A fan page is most similar to your own personal profile except for an organization or business. And rather than having "friends", people "like" the page. You can promote the page with ads and can create an event that tells only the people who have liked your page about the event. It also allows people who have liked the page to send you private messages.
A group on the other hand is a group of people who are invited to gather in one place and have a joined wall. If you have a public group or a closed group, others can see the group and can ask to join (depending on your settings). Anyone can write on that wall but admins of the group can delete inappropriate comments. However if you have a group set as "private" no one can see the group and will therefore not be able to join.
Another benefit about groups is that you can create an event and it will automatically invite everyone in the group and allow others to invite friends. The group also saves all your past events and you can also add documents/files.
So basically a group has more advantages for ministry than a page for it gives people an opportunity to interact. If you do have a page it would be worth thinking through inviting someone (or a small group of people) to be present on the page to meet and engage with people and to post encouraging things.
Laura, the founder of Missional Women is married and has five kids. Laura and her husband have been missionaries to college students for 12 years serving with Master Plan Ministries and has authored 5 books. You can find her at the places below.
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