Using Social Media in Your Small Group with Ben Reed

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If you ever watched the TV show 24, then you were probably a Jack Bauer fan like me. Watch this funny video that imagines a world where Jack gets addicted to Twitter and Facebook.


Twitter? Facebook? Blog? Tell me about the social media you currently use. How do you use it and what do you get out of it? And it's okay if you don't use any kind of social media - just let me know.
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Whether you use social media or not, I think you would have to agree that it is having a huge impact on our culture. Ben Reed is the Community Groups Pastor at Grace Community Church near Nashville. I really appreciate his knowledge of everything social media. In this teaching he tells us why we should use social media in our groups.


Ben gave three specific reasons to use social media: 1. Because everybody is doing it (this is a space where we can have influence) 2. Because many people are unconnected (leaders can connect and share ideas) 3. Because we need your idea (your great idea can help others) How could using social media help connect your small group?
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I have to admit that I got a little overwhelmed as Ben was listing the stats of how much people use social media. Did you realize just how prevalent social media is in our culture? What ramifications does this have on your group?
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Now that we have established the amazing influence of social media in our culture, check out this four-minute video of a church that has used social media to do some pretty amazing things.


This church is using social media to take action. They have helped tons of people ranging from their own community all the way to Haiti. How does this story inspire you? What ideas do you have to unleash your group through social media to do something to help someone else?
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Principles for engaging people by using social media:

1. It's not about what you get, it's about what you give
2. What has your attention right now?
3. Social media is not a monologue, it's a dialogue
4. Discuss your ideas
5. Constant beta
6. Authenticity
7. Consistency
8. Just do it


Principles for engaging people by using social media:

1. It's not about what you get, it's about what you give
2. What has your attention right now?
3. Social media is not a monologue, it's a dialogue
4. Discuss your ideas
5. Constant beta
6. Authenticity
7. Consistency
8. Just do it


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So what will it take for you to "just do it?" What will you do to start engaging in social media?
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