CNLP 262: Nona Jones on What Most Organizations are Missing When It Comes to Facebook and Social Media Engagement and How to Use Facebook for Social Ministry, Not Just Social Media

Facebook’s Nona Jones shares about what most leaders are missing when it comes to getting people to engage on social media.

Nona is also pioneering a way for churches to go beyond social media and dive deeper into social ministry. Plus she shares a host of tips and insights on best and worst practices on social media and where social is heading in the future.

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3 Insights from Nona

1. To build the church online, groups beat pages

Facebook has the potential to allow us to return to what Nona considers to be a Christ-like model of ministry, which is to meet people where they are and deliver the good news of Jesus where they are. Facebook groups offer this exact opportunity as you can connect with other people about their needs every hour of every day of the week.

A Facebook group allows you to create a “living room” for your church online. It’s the place that you can invite people inside of your ministry. You can get to know them, they can get to know you, and most importantly, they can get to know each other.

One point of caution is to be strategic when choosing a leader of your online group or campus. If you wouldn’t appoint that person to launch a new physical location or if you wouldn’t be comfortable with that person leading a Bible study or a ministry in your church, they’re probably not the best person to lead your Facebook campus.

2. Facebook is no longer a place for “broadcast media”

The primary method of media in the world used to be “broadcast media.” This is where an organization throws a message out to the wind and hopes it gets received by the intended audience. This approach is uni-directional and doesn’t allow for very much conversation or dialogue.

The new method of media that is being pioneered by companies like Facebook is “social media”. This is where advertising is no longer a monologue from a provider to a purchaser, but a dialogue between all the involved parties. If you want to successfully market on Facebook, this is your new best strategy.

3. When building an online presence, focus on building the kingdom not a platform

Most of the conversations Nona has with leaders is about how to build their personal platform. She thinks that often times we forget that our purpose is to build the kingdom of God not our own platform. We as the Church have to remember that we’re just conduit of the gospel.

Our purpose should be to create an online community where people can encounter more and more of Jesus, his message, and his people. Our focus should not be to get more people to come and be a part of our program or platform. If that becomes our primary focus, people will leave disappointed because they came looking for God but they ended up finding you.

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6 Comments

  1. Jennifer on July 10, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Has the “Join Group” button for Facebook Live been rolled out yet? This would be an amazing way to do a topic-based live video on your main church FB page and have that push into your FB group. Or even do a live video in your main FB group about a more specific sub-group (say, men’s ministry) and have the “join group” button lead them to join the men’s specific FB group.

  2. Rev. Rene M. Charest on May 8, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    This is opening my eyes to a wonderful evangelical future for our church body.
    Blessings
    Reverend Rene M. Charest
    Senior Pastor Valley Christian Center
    Fresno, CA

  3. Rev. Rene M. Charest on May 8, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Thank you! This is opening my eyes to a wonderful evangelical future for our church body.
    Blessings
    Reverend Rene M. Charest
    Senior Pastor Valley Christian Center
    Fresno, CA

  4. Kim on May 7, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Loved this podcast! I get so excited about the potential social media has to make an impact for Christ! This 50something women is taking notes!!

  5. Thomas on May 7, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Loved this podcast. AMazing!

    I would love the article on Facebook for churches

    Can you email me?

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