Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter…oh my!
What’s a small church pastor to do?
Full disclosure…Twitter is my favorite social networking site. I was hooked when I found out God answers prayer on Twitter. That’s right, we’ve seen all kinds of answers to prayer – financial, headaches, backaches, relationships ending. God does amazing things through tweets. (I also like the looks I get when I say “I follow @hookersforjesus“)
The thing about Twitter is – if you get it, you get it. If you don’t…don’t try.
I enjoy Twitter as you can see in my profiles:
If you want to know my Twitter Secrets, follow that link. I’m happy to share them for free. Twitter needs more people of God, spreading the love of God to people who are open to conversations. I use 10 minutes every second day to grow my Twitter following and spend 20 minutes on Twitter at least every second day to connect with people. Since I love Twitter so much, I’m also on when the family is watching a boring TV show or I’m somewhere that doesn’t require my full attention, but that’s not always necessary…it’s simply fun.
3 Tips for Small Church Pastors on Twitter
1. Treat people as people on Twitter.
Make time and take time for them. Don’t try to win an argument. Listen first.
2. Focus locally if you want to grow your local influence.
Follow the people who follow local celebrities. It’s only local people who follow the local weatherman. Tweet about local news.
3. Let God be God on Twitter.
Don’t be afraid to ask people if you can pray for them…and then pray for them (and sum it up with a tweet). You’ll be amazed at the response. I used to tweet “I’m here for 30 minutes…how can I pray for you”. That’s when answers to prayers came in. As my following grew, I had to do it less and less. Now when I do it, I can’t keep up with the requests that come in. As I said, we need more Christians showing Christ on Twitter.
What if you have a church of 50, all of whom are over 80, do you really need to be on Twitter?
You know I’m going to say, “no…unless you want to grow your church through Twitter interactions.”
If nothing else, use Twitter for syndication. WordPress can automatically post to twitter when you post on wordpress. This is done through jetpack.
Got any questions about using Twitter for small church ministry? I’d be happy to answer them in a future post. Tell me in the comments.