52 Ways: #49 – Use social media

I would certainly be remiss if I didn’t remind everyone that giving a shout out or a thumbs up to your pastor on social media is a quick and very easy way of affirming and appreciating the job that he/she is doing.  Most of us have Facebook accounts.  Many have Twitter, Instagram, and/or LinkedIn accounts.  It would be the work of a couple of seconds to make a post or send a hashtag message telling the world that you appreciate your pastor(s), your church, or a particular message.

I just checked my Facebook newsfeed; I watched a video with cute baby goats, saw that someone was eating lunch (using a selfie stick I might add), was encouraged to take up a squat challenge (don’t ask), read six or seven sort of funny memes, two friends encouraged me to pray, and one friend just checked into Starbucks.  I know that my feed is constantly updated, but so far no one on this Monday afternoon (you’re reading this on a Friday but I wrote it on a Monday) mentioned that they appreciated yesterday’s church service or thanked their worship leader for leading them into the presence of the Lord.  I’m not being judgmental or preachy here; I’m just saying that there is plenty of room on social media to care for your pastor by way of a post, tweet, or whatever else your social site of choice calls an update.

It is probably very likely that your pastor is on Facebook.  Most churches have a Facebook page, so let’s start there.  If you wrote a post thanking your pastor for the hard work that he/she does every day to serve your church I’ll bet that several of your friends would like the post or would add a comment.  If you added your pastor’s name or your church’s name to the post your pastor will be notified that he/she was mentioned.  I know your pastor will enjoy reading all of the nice things people will say.  I certainly enjoy it when people like something I wrote or say kind words when I change my profile picture or add a picture of one of my insanely adorable grandchildren.  I call them cyber-hugs.

So, #whatdoyousay?  Can you give your pastor a shout out, thumbs up, or cyber-hug today?  #Sureyoucan. #Itiseasy. #Everybodylovestofeelappreciated!


**We recognize that there are many women pastors and that all posts don’t apply equally to men and women in ministry.  We try to be gender neutral and when the use of he/she or him/her is too cumbersome we default to the masculine pronoun.  The reverse is true for referring to the pastor’s spouse.  We hope that you can read past these masculine and feminine pronouns to the spirit behind each post —- creative ways to be a blessing to those who serve us…..and their spouses.


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