Summit Launching Social Media Small Groups
With easter fast approaching, the Summit Church is rolling out a new initiative called socialMEdia™ Small Groups to connect more people into community at this critical time in their faith journey. To make this dream become a reality I’ve had the great privilege to work alongside one of my best friends in ministry, Summit Connections Pastor Danny Franks. We pulled together some of the genius tech minds in Raleigh-Durham (this area dominates in that category) who are members here at the Summit and shared our dream with them. Danny wrote the formal announcement for our church and I’ve copied portions of it here for you as well:
“we know that getting into a small group is tough. Every month we see hundreds of people attempting to join a group, and the truth is, it’s hard to keep up. We want to have well trained group leaders, but training takes time. And time is something that prospective leaders and members just don’t have.
But one thing Americans (even American Christians) seem to have time for is social media. Whether you love it or hate it, most of us are tech junkies. We love our Twitter, our Facebook, our Instagram, and our MySpace (shout out to our 90′s brethren!). So last year several of our pastors asked the obvious question: Why can’t we do both?
Why can’t we increase involvement by CHANGING commitment?
Why can’t we lower the risk and give a better return?
Why can’t we – for lack of a better term – dumb down the process?
So that’s exactly what we did!
We took the best that social media had to offer and applied it to the fast paced lifestyle of the 21st century disciple. We worked with some of the best and brightest tech people out there to flush out the kinks in the system. We vetted the go-getters of the online community to build a new kind of community, and we think you’re going to love what you see.
Here is a bit on how it works:
Imagine: what if you could have all of the benefits of a small group without the difficult commitments? What if you could connect with your fellow disciples anytime, anywhere? What if you never again had to walk into a strange living room, endure a long and awkward prayer request, or risk rejection from a group that’s already gelled before you showed up? Maybe you laugh at those examples, but then again, maybe you’ve never had to face these realities.
socialMEdia™ Small Groups changes all of that. For starters, you choose the group that’s right for you. When the SMSG site launches, you’ll complete a profile that describes your preferences. You can tag your profile with any descriptor from seeker to serious, from dog lover to Democrat, from Lecrae devotee to Larry the Cucumber fan club president. From those tags and profiles, our database will run an algorithm that will generate up to ten social groups that might be right for you, much like E-Harmony or Match.com. You can pick one or several, and try them out at your leisure.
Some groups will meet weekly, much like our traditional groups. Others will meet at more random times: sometimes every other week, sometimes several times a day. Because there are no houses, childcare, and schedules to deal with , the sky is the limit.
socialMEdia™ Small Groups don’t officially launch until mid-May (just in time for your summer travels), but you can join the waiting list and fill out your profile starting today. Simply follow the link to get started.