Does your church have a digital advocate?

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outside the box cartoonFor years, churches have frequently appointed a missions advocate (by whatever name) to be a channel for information and challenge to the fellowship about worldwide missions. Coordinators for other areas of ministry are also commonplace.

There is now surely the same opportunity for churches to appoint someone to be the church advocate for the use of digital media in evangelism and discipleship. Read more.

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12 comments on this post.
  1. Stuart:

    Sad to say that my church will very slowly adapt to the digital age, if at all.

    Our pastor has stood at the front and publically stated that he doesn’t get Facebook – despite my already sharing how best the church could utilise it. And what makes it worse is that I get it and I’m older than he is!

  2. Ced Reynolds, Entrepreneurial Pastor:

    Our church has adopted the digital advocate concept. Fortunately the pastor was the first one on board. It is not something that seems to be intriguing to the congregation but they are a little apprehensive to embrace fully. The pastor still continues to forge ahead. BTW, I am the pastor and have been for the last 18 years.

  3. Antoine RJ Wright:

    Digital Advocate is a good term. Essentially a servant and evangelist with specialities in tech,

    Love the points here, makes for a solid job description and list of expectations all around.

  4. The BIGBible Project | Digital opportuities for Christians in 2012:

    [...] Some of us in digital ministry are discussing how incredibly strategic it might be for local churches to appoint a ‘digital advocate’. Just like the ‘missions advocate’ (by whatever name) in many churches, he or she obviously need to be a web maven – a networker who knows a wide variety of online Christian resources/strategies and loves sharing them. Does your church already have such a person? Would you like to have one? What name would you give to this role? Read more and add your comments. [...]

  5. Lawrence Massey:

    It really awesome to get in touch with our Savior Lord Jesus!!!

  6. Kathy:

    I’ve been the Communications Director for my church for about 4-5 years, then transitioned out of the paid role but continued maintaining the website and church newsletter as my volunteer duties. Even a Facebook page for a brief online presence for the youth group. I like the title you have come up with for the leader in this role.

    The pastor is very anti-texting and Facebook but about 75% of the congregation are already friends with each other and very active on FB. There is constant desire for greater online presence that would set the church apart and be more inviting and reflective of our values but finances are always an issue.

  7. Clyde Taber:

    Tony,
    Good concept. The only examples I’ve seen are larger churches who have hired staff to specialize in a media related role and who understand the digital world that comes with it. This model is limited to a very few churches able to afford the model (it appears Kathy’s church stopped funding the position).

    I’ll be honest, though I’m reasonably tech savvy, it becomes an issue of time. So, I hired a 17 year old friend of my son for 4-5 hours / week at $10/hour to take on certain responsibilities for VSN in this domain. It’s working quite well actually.

  8. Internet Evangelism Day, 29 April 2012 « Kingdom Vision:

    [...] The need for Digital Advocates Many churches appoint a missions advocate/coordinator to resource the rest of the fellowship. Internet Evangelism Day urges churches to consider appointing a person for the role of a ‘Digital Advocate’ (by whatever name is appropriate) – someone who can help church members find and use the many digital resources that are now available. Find out more about digital advocacy here. [...]

  9. Trends and opportunities for 2012 #digidisiciple (@soonguy):

    [...] Some of us in digital ministry are discussing how incredibly strategic it might be for local churches to appoint a ‘digital advocate’. Just like the ‘missions advocate’ (by whatever name) in many churches, he or she obviously need to be a web maven – a networker who knows a wide variety of online Christian resources/strategies and loves sharing them. Does your church already have such a person? Would you like to have one? What name would you give to this role? Read more and add your comments. [...]

  10. Internet Evangelism Day 2013 is set for 21 April:

    [...] love to see local churches appointing a ‘digital ministry advocate‘ (by whatever name) to advise and resource the rest of the fellowship. And we hope that many [...]

  11. 2012 Resolution #5: Become A Digital-Faith Advocate « Mobile Ministry Magazine (MMM):

    [...] Read the rest of the description of a digital advocate at the Digitial Evangelism Issues blog. [...]

  12. What happens in a minute online? And why it affects your church:

    [...] Share it using our short news item. Use the day to help your church members. Consider appointing a digital advocate in your church if you do not have [...]

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