Drawback of blogging in Ministry and Mission Context..

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When writing a blog for ministry or for any church mission purpose, Pastor and other Church members should see the possibilities of incoming dangers or drawbacks in writing or posting blogs online, everyone should be reminded to act responsible in engaging communication on social media. Blogs seems like a global trade of exchanging information and support, just like other social media platform it is effective, efficient and has a promising innovation for spreading the gospel online.

Blog environment is not exempted in receiving harsh comments and feedbacks in the aspect of Church Ministry and Mission context. Church leaders decided not to include comment box on their posted blog, what could be the reasons behind it? To begin with, each time we post blogs for the Ministry of Christ online, criticism and spiritual attack follows, bear in mind blogs ministry for Christ are not only created the community of faith, it is open for everyone which means a group people from different faith, traditions and from secular society will give interest reading a blogs which they were entitled to give their personal reactions which can lead into a unnecessary argument, openness can also be a challenge which can result to a abuse of freedom. To avoid the situations such as this, Pastor who’s actively involved in the community of blogging for ministry begins to initiate posting their personal email for queries or any confusion concerning the topic written on their blog post.

Wrong interpretation of the Scriptures written in blog post can be danger for blog ministries everyone can write a blog in behalf of Church ministry, but in this aspect religious literacy plays an important role in delivering the gospel thru social media. Interpretation of Scripture is quite tempting for some Pastor or for a church leader, it’s a common mistake made in which can possibly lead into frustrations and confusion. Accuracy with good illustration must be presented, avoid searching deeper context together using fancy word if the intention to attract viewers/readers. Stick to the intended meaning and bring a standard conclusion over the text.

To discuss ethical and other legal issues of blogging for the ministry and mission context “Plagiarism” stealing people own work, taking someone’s idea without crediting the main source is a serious offense, Church must not support this kind of behavior.

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “If anyone sins and commits a breach of faith against the Lord by deceiving his neighbor in a matter of deposit or security, or through robbery, or if he has oppressed his neighbor or has found something lost and lied about it, swearing falsely—in any of all the things that people do and sin thereby,if he has sinned and has realized his guilt and will restore what he took by robbery or what he got by oppression or the deposit that was committed to him or the lost thing that he found or anything about which he has sworn falsely, he shall restore it in full and shall add a fifth to it, and give it to him to whom it belongs on the day he realizes his guilt. ( Leviticus 6:1-7)

Blogs for ministry context is not exempted there were many cases of blogs had committed Plagiarism in the line of ministry. We find this situation really disturbing in way we are deceived, blog for ministry represents leaders and his church. Making blogs for the community of faith requires honesty and integrity everything written for ministry purposes must have a personal credibility. This mistake can be avoided and settle better solution if they should spend time in reading other resources as part of their commitment.

 

 

 

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Discuss the Role of the Blog within Church’s Communication Strategy

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Just like other media platform Blog creates, connects and builds community in the world of technology, it change the way how we think and exchange thoughts concerning social conflicts and spiritual issues  within the church community  we called it today the new ”online diaries”. Pastors and Church leaders has support the idea of posting stories, ministry updates and other topics concerning leadership into higher level of information. Blogs offers and open possibilities  for other communities to express their experiences and speaks their minds freely this set as one of the role of blogs within communication strategy, for some church leaders they considered blogs as their nonverbal way of communication as well as to reach out people online, it’s set as an alternative tool and a common place for church workers and members.

Blogs grows rapidly in popularity in our society today it is also considered by the majority as one of the most effective and efficient form of conversation, it also expanded the role of engaging society online. Providing useful information such creating and delivering messages that has a particular meaning for readers and followers within Christian context, as another church communication strategy. Blog will keep the Church members to connect the information open for communities, for example, we are aware churches are extremely and devotedly active in raising funds for charities they use blogs to write present situation of bad experiences of people who are affected by calamities, offenders and other social abuse issues, delivering or discussing which needs an immediate response, it also serves as an aspiration for them to contribute good deeds for the community.

Blogs connect bridges for the marginalize people in the world of social media; i must say church has started to laying down walls and allowing these group of people to interact between conflicts and social issues.It empower people from different groups of societies, to set an example from the group of women who were now actively participating in stream line of blogshepere, we still live in world where freedom of writing is limited, women advocates freedom of equality and expression through blogs as my example.

I personally interested reading church blogs which tackles unsettled matter, its gives me a certain participation or involvement towards certain topics, it helps and enhance readers mind. Blogs speaks the potential issues inside and outside church, it serves as a continuous flow of communication between members and church leaders. When Church started posting blogs online they were aiming to create or produce a small of engagement within community, there is a seriousness of bringing and redeeming people for Christ through blog. Church leaders invest their time to keep in touch with members and maintain the communication channels consistent as possible. Blog used as the alternative voice in the world of Social Media that Church can’t afford to ignore this kind of renovation where it has become part of individual’s activity. Why do we need blog for the Church? “As blogs continue to spread through organizations and popular culture, people are looking for a new kind of openness from the institutions that dominate their daily lives. A new conversation has begun, one that is filled with hard questions, humor personality, truth and passion. More and more people are communicating online. Local Church, the place where you navigate our Spirituality, it’s a place that helps form and shape your heart must be part of this conversation. Blogging presents a rare opportunity for churches to be part of this new world instead of watching from the distance. Blogging is simple, inexpensive and powerful. In other words, the impact-to- investment ration is impossible to ignore” – B. Bailey (The blogging Church)

 

A strategy for digital engagement for a church, Mission agency,or similar.

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Churches and mission agencies use Social Media as an effective strategy in reaching people and the name of Jesus will be known in digital world.It can been use to form a new Christian Community, it’s a good start to build  and create new relationship in Christ, both can still give encouragements, speak for common beliefs,views and opinions.Many blogs,and websites been created for different groups of people as an example Christian Parenting a blog  where target group are Parents, they share  their experiences in raising Children in Christian Context, whereas they give support and encouragement.

Churches an Mission Agencies sees the possible solutions in engaging in Social Media in terms of financial support a strategic and effective tool.Although Society are very much into Social Media as their source of information and consider as the fastest way of communication, we can’t ignore the great contribution of Radios and T.V it’s still the most effective digital tool should be used in spreading the gospel of Christ, there’s  large of number of people lives in remote area and these people only rely information from their t.v screen and radios, that is why Many Churches and mission groups use this method as the old fashioned way on bringing Christ into their home.Their is a huge possibilities of people will come and will get interested in knowing Jesus through Social Media, and it’s should be a good motivation for all Christians to use this platform as a great tool to evangelize and fulfill the mission of Christ.

 

The importance of Churches and mission adhering to a strong ethical framework in blogging and social media engagement, including such as:

I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth—messages that are authentic, edifying, and praiseworthy—and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood.” —Elder David A. Bednar

Many Churches and Mission Group are benefited by engaging in different Social Network just for example Blog a  digital platform where Church leaders can freely write their Biblical views and Christian Commentaries online.It’s  very important for the Church to maintain a strong etchical framework using different Social Networks, Churches must be Responsible to use the freedom of expression where it could not create a potential harm to people, for instance avoid using malicious words  or being exagerated in delivering messages in the context of Christianity it can be misinterpreted at the same time.Concern for Truth Churches are  defined as the most trusted institution in the world, bringing the true messages of GOD is mandatory task , unleasing each layer of identity in Christ by presenting his true  biblical messages in the form of different Social Network.Transparency it is important that Churches and mission brings clear ideas in a way audience could easily understand, where they could relate in every given topic or situation it must create a good connection in between.Citation plays an important role in writting and publishing but it can be a common mistake which can be subject into Plagiarism , it may lead to destroys individuals trust and identiny, Church leaders are not exempted by these emerging issues inside digital world see blog post written by Jonathan Merritt: Mark Driscoll accused by Plagiarim by radio host

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s”. Exodus 20:17 

Comparing the Design and usability of Blogs..

” The moment you launch a website you are a publisher.The moment you begin a blog, send an email, participate in social media,build a widget,even show up in a search engine result…you’re a publisher”

Kristina Halvorson/author.Content Strategy for the Webb

My friends loves to write a blogs and published it online, i have heard people advertise their blog on t.v or radio,in my curiuosity i look the definition of terms using “Wikepedia”  BLOG– is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. More recently “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited

It’s indeed a big challenge for the compare these two blogs since both of them represents their personalities and uniqueness, as a publisher of a blog i should consider not just the content but the strategy on how i will present my work online.

1.http://www.theeternalkenaz.blogspot.no/

The publisher of this blog used inappropriate designs and graphics, he used colours not appealing to the viewer as much i would like to read his article i was distracted..the publisher failed to have a usability,length and type of posts,multimodality,intergration with social media to sum up the author failed in creating a message of architecture.

 

http://www.womenoffaith.com/blog/

The publisher brough a friendly approach on the design of her blog she used light colours, the statement speaks her personality as a viewer i got interested in reading her blog.She brings clear messages,as i reader i can give a good recommendation of this blog to my fellow friends such a good piece to read, viewers somehow connect to her stories and experiences in life.

Why should Churches or Mission agencies use social media?

Billions of People around the Globe are connected online every day, majority of them are engaged in different Social Media like Facebook, twitter, instragram, pinterest, youtube, these tools are now us for  communicating, interacting and fastest way to tract information online, Social media made a tremendous change on how we view life  in many different aspects and perspective.

I Believe Churches or Mission group should use the Social media not just only to promote the Church itself, but given the facts that it could help Churches to spread the gospel and let the name of Jesus Christ be known in the virtual world. It helps the Churches in meeting the target to reach a small or large group of audience using the internet.

I would like to give my insight by giving  points on how Churches could achieve these objectives using Social media:

Facebook: Leaders or any members of the use can create an account where information and any related Christian events are posted its like Facebook is the new bulletin by Scott Huntington it another way to start a new community inside the Church by creating a social group using facebook.

Twitter: It’s another way to exchange information  and ideas online in a Christian Context for example #ChristianConflictsinthemiddleeast bringing a certain topic on the internet where Christian Community can be involve by sending prayers and encouragements online.

Youtube -They were Millions of subscriptions are made in Youtube this can be use by the Pastor and Church leaders as another digital platform in conveying messages where they could post their sermon, counselling and other biblical teaching. I remember our local Pastor always keep his Youtube account updated where he upload his sermon after the service

 

The implications of multimodality and interactivity (including social media)for the nature and effectiveness of digital communication: Hunger one of the Global mission situation.

Many Churches and Mission groups who are actively involved fighting Hunger as one of the Global situation, using different modes of multimodality and using social media has made a great changes in delivering the support and services to the area who are most effected and in need.My friends in my local Church who are actively helping people in other areas and  use their engagement in Social Media to gain volunteers to different local area.The result of using this kinds of approach opens the eyes of many people and it brings a imaginable support from different group of people,local and private sectors.

Below is a video clip as an example use of Multimodality in a graphics mode, it’s a non verbal campaign in presentation as one of the Global Situation.

It made a huge impact to the society today viewing the situation in different Social media, it open the AWARENESS of each individual seeing the real situation.Organization and Churches received help and volunteers in different types of human interaction using mobile phones, computer emails, street signs and etc.Last year our instructor took the email add of an Church Organization in Oslo ask them if we could VOLUNTEER by helping in cooking and assisting people who visit their place for food.

(This photo was taken at Evangelist Mission Church at Brugata Oslo)

The result of using Social Media brings a good financial support for the continues flow in giving help to group of people in many parts of the world,Here are list of trusted Churches and Organization: Word Food Program,Mission Global Hunger,Stop Hunger Now,Fh.org

 

“If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.” -Deuteronomy 15:7