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Technology August 14, 2015

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Let's get together!

Let’s get together, yeah yeah yeah.
Think of all that we could share.
Let’s get together, everyday
Every way and everywhere.

This song from the movie Parent Trap popped into my head as I was thinking about you all. I love the original and the remake! (affiliate links)

Oh, how I wish we could all “get together” in person!

I’d love to have you over to our house!

I’d fix some coffee – even though I don’t drink it. I’d bake some cookies and set out a bowl of fruit. And there’d be chocolate. There always has to be chocolate. *grin

I’d want to hear about the women in your church. What they love. How you see them growing and changing. I’d want to celebrate with you. We could brainstorm ways of working through your current struggle.

I would grab your hand and we would pray mightily that God would do great things in and through your ministry.

I just know it would be a sweet, sweet time of fellowship…

Unfortunately for many of you Charlotte, NC is a bit too far away for a monthly meet-up. (If you live in the Charlotte area, and would be interested in meeting up let me know!! Really! I’ve been praying God would provide an opportunity for leaders in the area to connect.)

Thankfully there are several ways we CAN get together and connect!

Like, comment, and follow Women's Ministry Toolbox on Facebook

1. Let’s chat on Facebook! You’ll need to “Like” and “get notifications” for Women’s Ministry Toolbox. You must check “get notifications” for my posts to show up in your feed. Otherwise you won’t see many, if any. THEN comment, share, and like the posts that hit home with you! The more you like, share, and comment, the more posts you will see and the more posts other leaders will see! I long for Facebook to become a place where we have conversations.

If you send a friend request to my personal account, please don’t be offended if I don’t accept it. I try very hard to limit that account for privacy reasons.

Visit wmtoolbox’s profile on Pinterest.

2. Follow me on Pinterest. In addition to “pinning” every post, I gather and share a lot of other great women’s ministry ideas from all over the internet. We can comment and connect there too!

 

Subscribe to the Women's Ministry Toolbox channel on YouTube

3. YouTube – Yep! This is a new one! I’ve set up a YouTube channel and look forward to adding videos to encourage you as you lead!

4. Instagram – Catch the ministry pics and ideas I share.

If you haven’t already connected with me on your favorite social media sites, let’s go ahead and link up!

I look forward to getting to know you!

Yeah, yeah, yeah!

PS/ Would you be praying that God would make a way for many of us to get together at a future conference or retreat? God’s placed it on my heart, but it’s a much bigger project than 1 or 2 people can tackle on their own! Thanks!!

One year ago: The Raffle Basket Project
Two years ago: Icebreaker: If Game

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Publicity, Technology August 22, 2014

Does your ministry need a Facebook Group?

As I mentioned in Why Facebook is No Longer Your Friend, having a Facebook Page for your Women’s Ministry is no longer a reliable form of Publicity.

Another option to Facebook Pages are Facebook Groups.

Does your Women's Ministry need a Facebook Group? Why it might work better than a page for you.

Facebook Groups can be:

  1. Secret – Only members see the group, who’s in it, and what members post.
  2. Closed – Anyone can see the group and who’s in it. Only members see posts.
  3. Open (public) – Anyone can see the group, who’s in it, and what members post.

There’s a really great graph here that explains who can see and do what in a Group.

Groups can have 1 or multiple admins (people with behind the scenes who have control).

In addition to everything that group members can do, a group admin can:

  1. Edit the group description, tags and settings
  2. Add more admins to a group
  3. Remove abusive posts and remove or block members

Facebook Groups are appealing because:

  • You can share files in Groups.
  • You can create event invites for Groups.
  • All the posts will show up in each member’s newsfeed (which can be good, or bad).

You may find that creating a Group for your ministry is more useful than a Page.

I would caution you to set up some group rules for your Facebook Group.

Some things to consider:

  • What is the goal of your Group? Put it in writing for all Group members to see. Publicity? Connecting? Sharing? Recipe swapping? Selling items? All of the above?
  • What is/isn’t acceptable to post? Jokes? Events at other churches? Home parities? Baby shower invites? You can set up your guidelines both in a document and pin them to the top of your Group newsfeed.
  • How will you deal with over-zealous Group members who post frequently?
  • What type of Group will it be – secret, closed, or public? Take into account your purpose and the privacy of your women.
  • Who will serve as Admins for your Group?
  • Who will be responsible for stepping in if there is a problem?
  • How will problems be handled?

On a personal note: Please, please handle issues that come up off-line if at all possible. Call the person and let them know your concerns. Please do not email them – they can’t read your concerned tone. Reprimanding anyone publicly could do a great deal of damage. I have been through this and girls, it can be downright ugly. Extend grace, love, and forgiveness whenever possible.

Your turn to share: Does your ministry have a Facebook Group? How is it working for you?

Publicity, Technology August 19, 2014

Why Facebook Is No Longer Your Friend

In September 2012 we set up a Facebook ministry page for the women in our church and community to get the latest Women’s Ministry information.

It worked really well for about a year.

Women were engaged. They were commenting and sharing our posts.

Without warning our stats plummeted. Posts were rarely viewed.

We had to face the fact that we could no longer rely on our Facebook ministry page posts to reach our women.

Why Facebook is no longer your Friend #womensministry

You may have noticed Facebook is doing strange things with page feeds (yes, even my Women’s Ministry Toolbox page). Unless you visit the particular page, you are missing many posts in your newsfeed.

Which means if you are relying on Facebook as a primary source of publicity you may want to re-think that strategy. Sorry!

Before you rush off and delete your ministry’s Facebook page, try these tips below.

Here are five things you can do to boost the visibility of your posts:

  1. Tag your team members in the post. Add their names after the information. Just make sure your team members are okay with this.
  2. Ask your women to “share” the post on their Facebook pages.
  3. Post photos of your events (weed out the bad photos – it will be appreciated!) and tag your women in the photos.
  4. Use your Facebook page. Post good, important information regularly. Keep in mind they may choose to “unlike” your page if they don’t find the information useful.
  5. Encourage your members to click the “get notifications” button for your page, recommends Jenny Boulden from Aristotle Tech Marketing.

Be sure to sign up to receive my next posts (box, top right) – I’ll be sharing a couple of Facebook Page alternatives with you!

Your turn to share: Do you all find Facebook a helpful way to share information?

Publicity, Technology September 13, 2013

Publicity Idea: Create a Page on Facebook

Publicity Idea: Create a Page on Facebook for your women's ministry.

Setting up a Facebook Page for your Women’s Ministry adds another layer to your publicity efforts.

Before setting up your page consider:

  1. What is the purpose of your page? Will you use it to set up event invitations? Will you link to newsletters and/or registration pages? Will you create photo albums for events? Are you going to post inspiration photos/Bible verses?
  2. How often will you post? Relevance is more important than frequency. Post too often and folks will start to ignore you and/or hide you on their feed.
  3. Who is going to post? With the option of having multiple administrators you’ll need to be clear about who will post what when.

Keep in mind:

  1. Younger women are shying away from Facebook and consider it “uncool” now that so many “older” women are using it.
  2. Not everyone has internet access or a Facebook account. All publicity has to occur in multiple formats.
  3. Once you have over 30 “likes” you’ll be able to view some helpful analytical information.
  4. Get staff approval before setting up your page.
  5. Give it an easy to remember page name.  You can change it after you set it up if needed. Don’t publicize your page until you’ve settled on a name.
  6. Public pages can be viewed by anyone. Visitors are likely to check out your FB page to see what you’ve been up to.
  7. Closed pages should be used for team communications, prayer requests, etc. Keep private things private and protected.
  8. If you’re also utilizing Twitter (survey your women to see if that is really a need) you can use HootSuite (and other apps/programs) to publish on both sites at the same time saving precious time and energy.
  9. It takes time to build a following, even among your faithful few. Encourage everyone to “share” the page with other women in your church and community.
  10. Keep posts positive, supportive of the staff, and helpful. Be prepared to delete inappropriate posts by spammers, etc.