Twitter is a very useful tool for ministry and for professional development in ministry. However, many ministers are afraid to get started. If you are one of those who have been holding back, you are missing out on real time information that often you can use immediately and you are denying yourself a very simple communication tool.
Matthew Frattali, technology coordinator for the middle school of the Lab School in Washington, D.C., created the video below after he read a Washington Post article by Emma Brown on how teachers use Twitter for professional development. You can read the story here. While the article is reporting about teacher development, it is easy to see how Twitter could also be used to enhance ministry.
This video will show (in about five minutes) busy professionals [including people in ministry] how to use Twitter to get smarter about whatever topic interests them. You won’t be tweeting at first! The first step is to find some smart people, scan their tweets, and follow those tweets to blogs and other sources that will make you smarter.
I would just add three points not stressed in the video.
- The name you choose for your Twitter name should be something that identifies you. Don’t be clever, be transparent. For example, my Twitter name is @srsusan.
- Upload your current photo. People who do not upload a current photo or upload something silly are missing an opportunity for relationship building. I stop following people from my timeline who do not have a current photo. I wonder what are they hiding.
- Write a bio/description that really says who you are and what you are interested in. You will need to be succinct because the space is limited–but this is your introduction to your potential followers. Be yourself.
Get started on Twitter this week and we will say more about using it for ministry next week.
If you have questions or concerns about Twitter, please share them below. If you have good examples of using Twitter for ministry, please share those as well. Thank you.