Inspirational Twitter messages (tweets), from evangelical Christian leaders (such as Joyce Meyer, Max Lucado & Andy Stanley), perform as well as tweets from pop culture powerhouses like Lady Gaga – NEW YORK TIMES, June 2012
Our mission is to assist churches around the world, through the use of our proven and proprietary social media strategies, to dramatically expand their membership, ministry and influence.
How to Expand the REACH FOR JESUS with SOCIAL MEDIA
As Christians, living through the most turbulent and tumultuous time in mankind’s history, we have an obligation to impact those around us by broadly spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.
For Christian pastors and church leaders everywhere, there’s an even more profound obligation – to marshal all available resources to expand the gospel to the entire world, and to fulfill the promise of Matthew 24: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
As Christian thought leaders, we are called to assist in every way possible, and the most powerful tool available to us in modern social media is to expand the Reach for Jesus.
In its social media context “reach” has a double meaning: It is used both as a verb and a noun.
As a verb it means to stretch out in a specified direction; to put forth; to extend. In other words, to search for, understand, obey and follow the lead of Jesus Christ.
And as a noun it means the number of individuals within our online influence. In other words, our dedicated and engaged followers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram, among others.
Question: “Why are some tweets more popular than others?”
In its June 2012 article entitled “Christian Leaders Are Powerhouses on Twitter”, (quoted above), the New York Times suggested that: Inspirational Twitter messages from evangelical Christian leaders perform as well as Twitter messages from pop culture powerhouses like Lady Gaga.
As reported by the NYT, they “. . . thought the answer would emerge from posts by NBA players, politicians or actors.” Instead, they “. . . found a mystery: a set of messages that were ricocheting around Twitter, being forwarded and responded to at a rate that was off the charts.”
“They were punching way above their weight,” said Robin Sloan, who discovered the anomaly, but did not recognize the authors behind the tweets.
For many of us, the authors would have been household names — Christians that we widely respect and follow: Joyce Meyer, Max Lucado and Andy Stanley.
ASK YOURSELF: “WHAT DID JESUS DO?”
Millions of words have been written about how to grow your church and the body of Christ. The answers are very simple. What did Jesus do?
2,000 years ago, when Jesus Christ’s time on Earth began, roughly 60,000 total people would be exposed to His ministry. There were no electronics of any kind, of course, and Jesus had to walk everywhere He went. There was just word of mouth.
Even today — 2,000 years later — how do we decide where to go to church?
We ask our friends.
And where can our friends be found? 2,000 years ago, they gathered in Galilee. 200 years ago, they congregated in the town square. Today they are found on social media.
WHERE IS OUR MISSION FIELD TODAY?
A mission field is nothing more than a gathering of people who need the saving love of Jesus.
We have access to the biggest and most diverse mission field ever – people from every continent, every age group, both genders, and diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. Over 2 billion users log onto the internet regularly. Not to mention, the use of social media is on the rise.
In a single day, approximately 700,000 people join Facebook and 300,000 people join Twitter. Every day your mission field is being expanded by up to one million people!
In addition to every city, town and neighborhood in the USA, remarkable accomplishments for God are taking place around the world.
Consider these examples reported by social media thought leader, Laura Krokos, in her book Reach – How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God:
Egypt – Some reports say 1 million Egyptians have trusted Christ over the past decade or so. The largest Christian congregation in the Middle East meets in an enormous cave in Cairo. Some 10,000 believers worship there every weekend.
Afghanistan – Before September 11, 2001, only 17 Muslims had turned to Jesus. Since then, over 10,000 have.
Kazakhstan – There were only three known Christians in 1990, but now there are more than 15,000.
Sudan – More than 1 million Sudanese have trusted Christ since 2000, despite a radical Islamic regime and an on-going genocide that has killed more than 200,000 people. Seminaries are now being held in caves to train pastors to shepherd the huge numbers of people coming to Christ.
Iran – In 1979, there were only 500 known Muslims who became Christians, but today Iranian pastors and evangelical leaders say there are more than 1 million Iranians who are believers, most of whom meet in underground house churches.
• 34,000 people are coming to Christ every day in South America.
• 37,000 Chinese people are turning to Jesus daily.
• 25,000 people in Africa are surrendering their lives to Christ.
• Every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. That amounts to 16,000 every day.
Worldwide there are approximately 174,000 people turning to Christ every day.
In “The Faith Equation,” Dr. Marvin Bittinger, Professor of Mathematics at Purdue University and author of over 175 college math textbooks, states that by 2033 every person on the planet capable of understanding the gospel will have been presented the gospel, according to modern evangelism trends.
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE SMALL CHURCH?
Presented with these statistics, the typical pastor of my acquaintance invariably asks: “What does this worldwide missions opportunity have to do with us? We are just a fair sized neighborhood church with a small congregation and a budget to match?
How can we possibly get involved with missions outside our own community?”
This is perhaps the most exciting facet of social media. It costs no more to build a following a world away, than to build a similar following in your own hometown.
And once you have that growing following, and begin providing them with inspirational content, it costs no more to bring souls to Jesus Christ in other countries than it does down the block.
The power of the Internet and social media, combine to make impossible miracles possible.
HOW WE BUILD AND EXECUTE SOCIAL MEDIA USING REACH FOR JESUS.
There are two concurrent approaches we use to foster the growth of your church.
1. THE CHRISTIAN MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
2. ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATION
The Christian Mentorship Programs allows your church to marshal the immense power of social media without adding to staff.
You, or the person you designate receives one hour per week of one-on-one training, via GoToMeeting and/or teleconference.
The training is extensive, including every skill necessary to build a sizable following on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Typically the training continues for six months.
Utilizing the popular, 518-page book Trajectory: The Ultimate Guide to Building A Successful Business with Twitter, published in 2012 by Michael R. H. Stewart, the mentorship training starts where other books leave off – with an advanced, professional process that leads to guaranteed results.
You or the person you designate will learn every skill set and proven method used while building a hand-selected, engaged and enthusiastic online following of 150,000 + worldwide.
IN TERMS OF ENHANCING ATTENDANCE, PROVIDING COMPELLING AND CONSISTENT CONTENT IS CRUCIAL.
Finding and accumulating followers is just the beginning of successful social media. Equally important is providing followers with spiritual content, every week, written and published specifically for your church or ministry.
In 2014, Pew Research began a landmark study of 35,000 Americans, in all fifty states, which led to the conclusion that the leading cause of enhanced attendance in church is bringing your audience closer to Jesus Christ.
By providing compelling content to your growing audience, we will help you make them greater disciples of Jesus, and they will attend church with greater frequency.
THE REMARKABLE POWER OF PIGGYBACKING
Importantly, as you grow your own following, all content will be published on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to all of Michael R. H. Stewart’s 150,000 followers worldwide, and broadly retweeted worldwide, (our Retweet Rank is over 98%).
This piggybacking on top of an immense, engaged and loyal following will greatly expand your brand and exposure.
WE ARE DEDICATED TO HELPING PASTORS
Pastors work far too hard. Most report working 55-75 hours in a normal week.
Most seminary graduates have inadequate training in business.
Most pastors, in numerous studies over the years, have said that the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be.
Nearly twice as many churches close every year, as open their doors for the first time. 60 pastors leave the ministry every day.
90 MPH AND SOCIAL MEDIA 4 GOD HAVE COMBINED TALENTS FOR THIS PURPOSE
90 MPH, under the able management of owner John Crabb, is a burgeoning business acceleration provider, destined to make its mark in the online community as well as its growing impact in the brick-and-mortar industries.
In a world replete with new ideas, you might well ask: What is 90 MPH, and why should I listen to their advice?
Here, In their own words, is their cogent answer:
“Left to their own devices opportunities progress at a “normal” pace. But, what if this pace could be accelerated? What combination of people, processes and protocols would be required to drive ideas into immediate action?
In today’s fast-paced economy, speed to market is not only important, but crucial to success.
It takes incredibly bright people, empowered with highly efficient processes, and aligned around acceleration protocols to make this happen.
That’s what 90 MPH is all about. We are idea accelerators, shifting the engines that drive innovation into the left lane – the speed lane, where the best ideas not only are alive but thrive.
We bring business to market faster with high performance thinking that stretches innovation to the outer limits – driving disruption and the differentiation that defines success.
Why not take your idea for a spin in the fast lane with some of the most creative thought drivers available, assembled specifically for your opportunity and trained to take the checkered flag at the finish line of success?”
SOCIAL MEDIA 4 GOD, under the ownership of Michael R. H. Stewart, is one of the premier social media thought leaders in the world, with over 150,000 followers, in 65 countries worldwide.
In today’s world of disruptive communications, no one disputes the remarkable power of social media, but few have actually achieved extraordinary results.
Michael Stewart invested six years in social media growth, after 20 years in various online businesses, before he offered his expertise to others.
In early 2016, he accepted the call to apply his knowledge exclusively to God’s work, as nowhere else are these skills more crucial than in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Through the Social Media 4 God Christian Mentorship Program, we train pastors, leaders and their staff, in the tools and techniques which have allowed us to build a broad and devoted social media following of 150,000++ stakeholders worldwide.
Our mission, is a modern, social media application of the 18th Century theologian John Wesley, when he said:
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”
OUR FINANCIAL PROMISE TO YOUR CHURCH
For less than the cost of hiring a part-time secretary, you can marshal the power of social media for Jesus Christ and your church.
According to Payscale.com, the median salary for a part-time secretary, with less than one year experience, is $12.00 per hour, or $15,600 per year, ($1,300 per month), at 25 hours per week.
Our special pricing, based upon national church attendance and weekly giving averages, is based upon a tiered formula, to accommodate churches of all sizes:
TAKING FIRM ACTION
According to Christanity Today, the leading mistake pastors make on social media is not to be there at all.
“The pastor who is not on social media could be compared to a pastor not using the telephone, computers, or microphones when they preach.
Social media gives each pastor the equivalent of their own TV station, radio station, and printing press. This is one area of our culture pastors cannot afford to sit-out.
The potential reach of social media is far more than the average pastor will personally minister to personally in their lifetimes.”
The Hebrew word for ‘faith’ – emunah (אמונה in Hebrew) – is less about KNOWING, and more about DOING. ‘Emunah’ literally means “to take firm action”, so to have faith is to act.
It’s like a staircase; you may intellectually know the stairs go up to the next level, but until you climb the stairs you won’t experience the next level.
What you do is more important than what you know. Don’t just believe in the stairs, climb the stairs.
To take the next step, simply call Michael R. H. Stewart at (832) 382 – 1627.
SOCIAL MEDIA 4 GOD http://socialmedia4god.com
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CHURCH GROWTH AND CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
If the southern United States is the Bible belt; Atlanta Georgia, Dallas and Houston Texas, form the buckle.
They are the three quintessential locations most suited to begin a worldwide expansion of the Reach for Jesus initiative.
When measured by three key variables, the above cities lead the nation in the categories most predictive of — and beneficial to — church growth and Christian discipleship:
1. Belief in God
2. Propensity for Prayer
3. Church Attendance
*Ranking based upon The Religious Landscape Study of 35,000 Americans from all 50 states, by the Pew Research Center.