Episode 259: Building an Online Platform

Social media is not the goal, it’s a tool.

In Episode 259 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss responsibly and effectively using online platforms as a pastor. Here’s today’s question:

How should pastors balance online platform building such as podcasts, twitter, and blogging? What are some of the dangers young pastors should be careful of in this balance?  

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Some helpful tips on growing your online platform for outreach. 
  • Why online communities should never replace real community. 

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “You can’t engage the world through social media. You engage the world through relationships.”–
  • “God’s plan is to make much of the man, far more of him than of anything else. Men are God’s method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. “-E.M. Bounds
  • “Social media is not the goal, it’s a tool.”– 
  • “Social media followers don’t replace human connectivity.”–@danielsangi 
  • “I am suggesting that the only hermeneutic of the gospel is a congregation of men and women who believe it and live by it.”-Lesslie Newbigin
  • “Make sure that your social media presence and your embodied missional living actually align. That will reveal your integrity.”–
  • “How much time are you spending online versus with your congregation?”–@danielsangi 
  • “Your sense of self-worth should not be based on what you do, but who God sees you as.”–@danielsangi 
  • “While it’s good to grow an online platform, make sure you’re not just using that as an excuse to build your own kingdom instead of God’s Kingdom.”–@danielsangi 
  • “I don’t care how many followers you have on Twitter, I do care how many people you’re sharing the gospel with.”–

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