Trinity Minister Talks About Impact of Online Ministry

11/7/2018

The Rev. Jasmin E. Taylor, Associate Pastor of Digital and Media Ministry at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. recently spent some time online with Conference Minister The Rev. Kent Siladi talking about social media and the church.

During the interview (watch the recording at right), the Rev. Taylor explained how her church uses social media to connect with people around the world, talked about "virtual membership" at her church, and gave tips for how churches can get started using various media platforms.

"One of the things that i've been super surprised about it is how well you can get to know somebody," Taylor told Siladi about her ministry. "You can feel people's spirits online - you can feel their integrity, you can feel their genuineness, you can feel who they are online. That's my goal, that people know who I am and they know I care."

"One lady in church waved me over and said 'I just wanted to say hi and thank you ... you sent me a prayer,' " Taylor said. "Sometimes you don't get to see who you are actually interacting with ... it really amazes me, it shocks me, how this can touch other people."

Below is some information Taylor shared during the chat:

Helpful websites:

Canva.com—Create Graphics
Bitly.com—Shorten and track links
FreePDFhosting.com—Changes PDF’s into Links
Wix.com—Website Creation
Word Swagg—Mobile App to create text over pictures
Pocket Video—Video Creation (Mobile App)
iMovie—Video Creation (Website and Mobile App)
Pic Stitch—Photo Assembler (Mobile App)
Pic Play Post—Mixes Video and Photos (Mobile App)
Ripl-Graphic—Create marketing videos (Mobile App and Website)
Magisto—(Create nice videos)
IFTTT.com— Social Media Sharing (App and Website 
Hootsuite.com—Social Media Scheduling (App and Website)
GoDaddy.com (domain names)
Adobe After Affect—Video Creation (Mobile App) (Not Free)

Popular Social Media Platforms
 
Facebook
Facebook is a place to share photos, updates, and general news with those who follow or “like” you. Fans of your business come to your Facebook page to find out what’s going on with your company, see pictures of what’s going on, or explore events.
 
Twitter 
Twitter is a microblogging platform allows users to post messages containing 280 characters or less on their public or private feed.  Twitter is an tool for marketers to connect with their respective audiences in real time. 
 
Instagram
Instagram is a social networking app made for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone. 
 
YouTube 
For many young people, YouTube is used to watch music videos, comedy shows, how to guides, recipes, hacks and more. Teens also use the video-sharing service to follow their favorite vloggers (video blogger), subscribe to other YouTubers and celebrities they are interested in.
 
Linked In 
LinkedIn is different from the rest of the social media outlets because it’s specific