First - “The Vision”
Most people who sign onto a social media platform, do so without knowing what to expect once they get in. Often, it’s because a friend mentioned they were on it or they may have heard or read about it and decided to try it for themselves. Sounds familiar?
But – what if one could engage a social media platform with a specific intent or purpose to undertake a “good work” that would edify the Body of Christ? In other words – to perform a ministry! To the Saint - to whom God has given a calling or such a vision, this is for you! First, let’s look at…
What is a ministry? A ministry is a conscious deliberate act; one performs for the Gospel sake, with passion, that is done persistently and consistently. (Rev., Dr. J.R. Hughes, D.D. - 2002 & Founder of Christian Associates Network)
This is a short but a powerful statement and definition of what is a ministry. If God has moved upon your spirit to perform a “good work” in His vineyard, then welcome to Christian Associates Network! Our ministry started out just like most of you. Consciously – we knew we were going to jump in this social media experience that was happening worldwide. However, we had very little understanding or even the intelligence of the magnitude of this communication paradigm - that millions were engaging in so many ways every day.
We knew we would need a plan that was inspired by the Word of God - to lead us into this communication movement to validate and confirm what we were about to do.
Our validation - The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) “In Christianity, the Great Commission is the instruction of the resurrected Jesus Christ to his disciples that they spread his teachings to all the nations of the world.” This became our mandate. Find the Scripture (or passage) that speaks to your passion or purpose and keep it in front of you. Then move toward it. NEXT...
Our confirmation – Purpose & Plan (Ephesians 4:11-12) “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelist, the shepherds and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying the Body of Christ:" (KJV) This understanding became our focus. If we would just stay within the aforementioned purpose, we knew the Lord would be with us.
That was it! The vision was received and now it was time to develop the plan. It’s hard to accomplish anything without a plan. Whether you’re coaching a sports team, cooking Christmas dinner, or running a small business, you need a strategic plan. A strategic plan looks at all the things your ministry could do and narrows it down to the things it will be actually good at doing.
A strategic plan also helps ministry leaders determine where to spend time, human resources, and money.
But, how should a small start-up online ministry approach strategic planning? Developing a strategic plan might seem like an overwhelming process, but if you break it down, it’s easy and easy to put into action. This was our very simple three-step approach and we stayed with it even unto this day. Now we're ready to show you how. First:
- Identify your Audience and Build Your Base. Our audience are the Christian community of whom we would edify (lift up) with inspirational messages through out each day on Twitter. We found Twitter to be the best social media platform to build such a following base. Even til this day, it is one of the simplist social media platforms online to engage in start-up ministry. This is where we can help you get started immediately! We is show you how to use the same social medial tool we use: Social Oomph We will even send you 2,000-plus inspirational messages to help you get started (FREE!) NEXT: we needed an...
- Image or Symbol. Our image would be a symbol that would be recognized by Christians the world over. Get started on this at once! Be sure not to see yourself how you WANT to see yourself, but try to see how you would actually appear to others. Many small ministries get snared in this trap. Remember, it’s not about you but about the Gospel (Good News) of Christ Jesus! TIP: You don't need a picture of yourself. But all Christians reconize "The Cross" or other Christian symbols. Your image may be letters or an acronym. Perhaps a clipart you may download from a free domain online. Remember, this will become the lasting image for your ministry.
- Develop your Vision & Ministry. Take time to focus on where you want to take your ministry over time as your ministry takes off. Note that step-one should already be in process. Remember the Scriptures say – “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33 (KJV) This sets the direction of the ministry’s outlook over the long term and clearly defines the mission and vision of what your ministry’s future will be. See it and believe it! Now it’s time to put your plan into action with a system to carry out your plan persistently and consistently. If you haven't already, click on the media tool we use Social Oomph