Archive for April, 2010

Ministry Value in Facebook and Twitter: Tip #2 – Facebook Lists

Posted in Media Communications on April 26, 2010 by Waypoint Church Partners

author: Rachel Price, Director of Media

Tip #2: Facebook Lists
The under-valued beauty of Facebook is that you can make it as organized or disorganized as you desire. Especially as you gain more and more friends, it can be hard to remember who you met where, or remember which of your elders you can send a message to through Facebook. This is where “lists” come into play.

When you “Add a Friend” or accept someone’s friend request, it will give you the option to “Add to List”. My advice? Take advantage of this. Organize your friends in whatever way makes the most sense to you. I have lists to separate my small group from people who live in Richmond, college friends from high school friends, family from coworkers, etc. One person can be on several lists (ie. Small Group, Area 10 Church, and Richmond) or on none at all. This way, if I want to send a message to the people in my small group that I’m hosting a game night, I can just write a message to “Small Group” and it automatically attaches all of their names to that message. Or, if you just want to catch up with the people you went to college with, you can click on “Friends” in the left column of the main page, click on the “College Buds” tab (or whatever you name it) that pops up, and it filters out all the other information. It’s a beautiful thing.

Want to catch up? Tip #1: Facebook Friends

Posted in Prayer Request, Waypoint Events on April 16, 2010 by Waypoint Church Partners
author: Harry Gill, Director of Church Relations
Dear Friends,
As I sit here in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, I am on my way to Albuquerque, NM to represent the VEF in the New Mexico State Christian Convention.  I will be speaking at the Church Leaders Banquet and conducting a workshop.  The workshop will give me a chance to share our programs of coaching and our Fusion program.  Did you realize that Virginia and the VEF are among the top states leading the nation in Church planting and programs to assist church leaders to become more effective?  There are currently about 80 Church Leaders meeting across the Commonwealth in Fusion meetings to improve their skills and to encourage one another.  Please be in prayer for me as I represent the vital work of the VEF.

Ministry Value in Facebook and Twitter: Tip #1 – Facebook Friends

Posted in Media Communications on April 9, 2010 by Waypoint Church Partners

author: Rachel Price, VEF Director of Media

These days, you can’t even listen to the news without the news anchor pulling up the station’s Facebook group, telling you to “become a fan” or “follow them” on Twitter. Especially if you’re just starting to dip your toe into the world of social media, the amount of seemingly random and useless information can be entirely overwhelming. There is light at the end of the tunnel, however, and you can find order within the chaos. You may even get a few ministry leads that you might not have discovered otherwise.

Tip #1: “Facebook Friends”
Everyone has their own system of choosing who will be their “Facebook friend”. Some people will try and befriend people they’ve never met before, while others will pick and choose those that they would call true friends. Being involved in ministry, however, makes things a little complicated.

If a new teenager shows up to youth group on Wednesday night, never talks to you, and yet the next day “friend requests” you – what do you do? Or you make a connection with a local business owner and wonder if you could use their services for a church function – is it appropriate to search for their name on Facebook, or will that creep them out?

For the most part, people are always glad to get a new “Facebook friend” even if it’s more like a passing acquaintance. As a minister or church leader, I would never pass up the opportunity to develop a new relationship, even if it’s a digital one (at least for now). But don’t just stop at “friending” them. Send them a message about how great it was to meet or reconnect with them, and be specific about the encounter (to remind them and show that it was a meaningful interaction to you).

I wouldn’t, however, start friending people you’ve never actually met before, unless you have an obvious, strong connection. For example, your cousin gets engaged and you’ve never met their fiance, but you plan on attending the wedding. In that case, send them a message with your friend request introducing yourself and expressing how you’re looking forward to meeting them soon. Otherwise, if you don’t know them and you offer no explanation as to who you are, it’s just creepy.

“My Church” by Joyce Rodgers

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 by Waypoint Church Partners

author: Joyce Rodgers, Area 10 Faith Community attendee.

“So let me tell you guys about “my church” – Abby you can tell Chris that I used the phrase officially – Palm Sunday was spent preparing meals for folks around the world who are hungry, cleaning Carytown, fixing up Fox and Cary Elementary Schools and a homeless ministry (Hilltop Promises) and other mission projects in our community and then Easter Sunday i looked around me during our jam packed service and saw a police officer in uniform with his family, a college kid with his Grateful Dead shirt and tatoos, little girls in Easter dresses, older folks (even older than me – gasp) some dressed up – some dressed down; artists; middle class moms, professional folks – all of us rejoicing at the resurrection together as our Worship Leader led musicians in a drumline style performance of praise music (OMG you had to be there – way cool – super awesome – made me want to grab my horn) – all of us joining together making a “joyful noise unto the Lord”. If you guys are looking for a new churchh – a new approach to church – you got to come and visit us sometime – You’ll find us downtown (Carytown) at the Byrd Theater each week at 10:00 – coolest place for church – while some days I miss the liturgy I can say unequivically there is not a church out there with more integrity or a greater commitment to live by God’s word and advance His Kingdom and I am just tickled to be a part of it.”
This was written on Joyce’s Facebook and is re-run here with her permission. The Church she is writing about is Area 10 begun in September 2008 at the Byrd Threatre in Richmond. Chris Barras is the lead minister.