Four Action Steps to Get Involved in Online Evangelism
You’re on your way to becoming a digital missionary!
This is the final post in a four-part series where we aimed to break down online evangelism. If you missed the first three blogs, read them here.
Now that you’ve gone through what online evangelism is, its importance, and the role each individual can play, learn what you can do today to get involved.
1. Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit.
In Acts 1:8, Jesus Christ promised to give us power through His Holy Spirit so that we could be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. This includes the online world.
Arm yourselves with humility; pray that angels of God may come close to your side to impress the mind; for it is not you that work the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit must work you. It is the Holy Spirit that makes the truth impressive. Keep practical truth ever before the people.– Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 57. (1900)
2. Actively Engage in a Digital Evangelism Project
Be intentional about using your time, energy, and gadgets for soul-winning. Consider the gifts, talents, and resources God gave you and then choose a project. Learn how to start one here.
Here are 10 personal digital mission projects you can start today:
- Write a blog
- Start a YouTube channel
- Create stunning visuals sharing the Gospel (for social media)
- Launch a podcast
- Start an online Bible study group over Zoom
- Create audio devotionals for WhatsApp
- Reach out to friends on social media with encouraging notes
- Produce devotional videos
- Start an email list
- Build a ministry website
There are many resources to help you get started on any of these platforms.
Learn more! Read 5 Important Steps to Becoming an Online Missionary.
3. Support a Digital Missionary
You can support a digital missionary financially through their Patreon accounts or ask them how you can help their ministry.
When you donate to entities such as the Center for Online Evangelism, you are contributing to the mission to advance the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Supporting is not limited to financial contributions.
Encourage digital missionaries with your prayers and words of encouragements. Those go a long way in helping to fight daily trials.
If a digital missionary makes a mistake, there are Christ-like ways to deal with the matter instead of condemning criticisms. Also, engaging and sharing a digital missionary’s content helps tremendously.
A supportive role is just as important as an active role.
4. Educate Yourself
Many people exclude themselves from the work of digital evangelism because they feel it’s “too techy” or they don’t know “computer stuff.”
Surprisingly, digital missionaries who have the most impact have little to no background experience. Many did not receive formal training in the area of communication or media.
These individuals were willing to be a part of the Great Commission and then took tangible steps to learn basic skills. Many taught themselves to edit audio and video, use a camera, design graphics, take photographs, and speak in front of a camera.
You can subscribe to newsletters, watch how-to videos, attend conferences, take online courses, or attend free webinars. The NAD’s Big Data + Social Media department provides articles, downloadable guides, and training videos.
The best part? They’re all free!
At COE, you have complete access to various blogs, newsletters, church workshops, informative graphics, webinars, downloadable toolkits, and interviews.
Anything that a member needs to become equipped to do this work is already available.
So, What’s Stopping You?
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
May it not be said of this generation that we bypassed sledgehammers and chose feathers to crush rocks.
Our devices are sledgehammers to break down barriers and show the world Jesus.
Let’s be wise to use our gadgets effectively to accomplish the most in spreading the Gospel and to tell the story of the Seventh-day Adventist movement.
Let every worker in the Master’s vineyard, study, plan, devise methods, to reach the people where they are. We must do something out of the common course of things. We must arrest the attention. We must be deadly in earnest. We are on the very verge of times of trouble and perplexities that are scarcely dreamed of.– Letter 20, 1893.