Experiment: Facebook Live Book Study

I am running an experiment this fall in the local church with the purpose of engaging people in discipleship. The experiment is a Facebook Live Book Study. Some of the observations that lead to this experiment:

  • High engagement of video on the church’s Facebook page
  • Congregants sharing the value of study’s led by the preacher
  • Desire for discipleship opportunities outside of Sunday morning

We will be readingย Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World by Shelly Miller (Amazon.com) using a reading plan that you can find at the church’s website. My plan is to go on Live on the church’s Facebook page each week to share some highlights from the reading and invite responses. I hope to be able to engage with people who are able to join online at the time, however the content will also be available to engage with through questions I will post in the comments.

I hope that we will be able to connect with new people who would not otherwise be able to fit a discipleship opportunity like this into their schedule. No matter how it goes, there will be valuable learning.

Let’s do this.

Wisdom for Ministry

At the young adult clergy booth at the Kansas West Annual Conference, participants were invited to add a post it note sharing wisdom for ministry. The responses were (in no particular order):

  • Be who God created you to be. You!
  • Don’t worry. Be happy. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Have Fun!! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • BE a blessing
  • Quit living in Fear!
  • Be flexible
  • and stubborn when necessary!
  • Spend time in prayer and reading scripture daily
  • Laugh a lot
  • Don’t be so serious!
  • Be honest
  • Shake lots of hands
  • Don’t be silenced or defeated in your dreams
  • It’ll be alright!
  • Can’t please everyone!
  • Hang in there!
  • Love the people. Love the Community
  • take care of your OWN health!
  • Take Vacation! OFTEN!
  • Laugh at yourself
  • Ministry is an honor & a privilege ENJOY!
  • People are more important than programs!
  • If you look at it in the right light, how can there be any darkness?
  • Stay in The Word.
  • Just love your people!
  • Believe in God. Believe in the church. Believe in yourself.
  • Be creative & trust what you know!
  • Smile ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Forgiveness is First
  • Share the Love
  • Make rounds like a doctor
  • Smile be happy
  • Rehearse!

Some photos, thanks to Jeff Slater