How to Use Snapchat for Ministry (Part 2 of 2)

How to Use Snapchat for Ministry (Part 2 of 2)

In my last piece, which argued the case for using Snapchat in church (part 1), I offered reasons why Snapchat is especially effective at reaching teens and young adults. The primary use of Snapchat is for one-on-one chat. What separates Snapchat from other social media is its perceived privacy — the social media equivalent of talking to a teen alone. This should raise red flags, both as a violation of Safe Sanctuaries policies and as an uncouth invasion of a teen’s privacy. Many challenges accompany using Snapchat for ministry. However, there are also Snapchat features that are less invasive and offer potential benefits – including youths’ willingness to open up over chat. Let’s talk about both.

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Are you snapping your teens? A case for Snapchat in church.

Are you snapping your teens? A case for Snapchat in church.

My passion, my ministry as a deacon, is helping churches to leverage technology to the glory of God. One of the promises of social media is that it allows us to meet people where they are, both literally and figuratively. Some of the people, particularly teens, are on Snapchat. The fun, casual nature of Snapchat lets you build the kind of intimate relationships people claim can never happen online. These sorts of relationships are the kind that churches greatly desire within their communities and with God.

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A Theological Argument for Net Neutrality

A Theological Argument for Net Neutrality

Honoring the Poor by Giving them a Voice We often interpret the "Body of Christ" passage as meaning "everyone has a role" in the Kindom of God, but when I read it, I take it to mean "everyone should have equal access to the Kindom of God." "Those members we think less...

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Rev. Wil Ranney

Rev. Wil Ranney

Digital Minister

I am a Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church who specializes in technology ministry. I help churches, pastors, and social entrepreneurs to leverage the Holy Spirit through techniques pioneered by internet startups. more info

The Inclining Church

The Inclining Church

Social Capital: the capacity an average person has to organize into groups, giving that person the power to accomplish social change. The decline of the Church in the developed world has been debated ad nauseam. Many are quick to point out that their "global" church...

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