With much research being done regarding social media and how we’re using it, it’s becoming very evident that social media is more than just a place for us to stay connected to each other. Being that 48% of 18-34 year olds check Facebook when they wake up*, Facebook is now a place where people are getting their inspiration and sense of well-being before they start their day.
This means that there is huge opportunity for Christians and believers. There are many people who are searching for hope and something to believe in while they’re on social networks, just nobody will ever tell you that… until now. The only question is: how do you share your faith on social media without being obnoxious?
From much experience in this arena, I’m suggesting a few tips that will help you share your faith more effectively:
(1) Be authentic, be yourself.
So many people are airbrushing their photos and putting up their best stories. Therefore, when somebody runs across somebody who is authentically being himself or telling a story from earlier in the day– it shines through all the fake stuff. When you are authentic about your posts, you give people a token of encouragement to be themselves as well.
This not only will inspire those that are watching you on Facebook, but it will give you the credible reputation of being a “truth-teller”. So, then when you are led to share about Christ you will have their complete attention without ever having been obnoxious.
(2) Don’t preach, instead teach.
It’s so easy to want to shout the truth of what God has to say from your Facebook wall all the time so that all your friends will just get it, but this is not the best way to go about it. This method of preaching becomes quite obnoxious when what your friends are really wondering is how you REALLY live your life when you’re not being preachy.
Why not show them? Teach and show them that real Christians are normal people that do abnormal tasks to build the kingdom and please God. Give them a peek at how your family volunteers at the homeless shelter in town. Show them that you’re having fun in your walk with God. This is the ultimate testimony of your faith and will reach way beyond your preaching.
(3) Do more than invite, invite, invite.
If you’re like me, you totally want to mute the friend you follow on social media that is constantly posting invites… and nothing else. Now, hear me when I say that inviting people to church and other events is not bad. It can be off putting though when it’s not authentic and the person who is inviting doesn’t post anything else that qualifies them as human.
Make sure your invites are just one small part of all the content you’re posting. This will make your invites more appealing because they seem as if they’re a part of who you are… not as if you’re just on Facebook or Twitter to post for a ministry.
(4) Be Social
This is the best way to be a good witness of faith. People do not care what you know until they know that you care. It is very important that we communicate with people on social media before, during and after we put forth what we feel like we need to share. When we listen and respond to others first, they respect what we have to say and give it weight. Don’t undervalue what being social can do.
There you have it: 4 tips that will guide you in sharing your faith on social media in a non-obnoxious way. Let us know if you have tried any of these and if they have worked for you.
*stat compliment of http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/facebook-statistics-stats-facts-2011/
Gabriella Martay is a social media enthusiast from California who also has a deep passion for music. She currently works for Helps2Media as a social media manager, where she manages the media mix for different organizations. When she’s not being social, she’s creating music with her current music project.