We live in a world where anyone can have a platform. Maybe you opened a social media account thinking you were simply going to learn a few dance moves, post some selfies, and keep in touch with family and friends. The thing is, social media connects us to the world in ways we never could have imagined.
For example, social media has helped make more and more people aware of things like systemic racism, white supremacy, and police brutality. Many people have awakened to the impact of these injustices and have committed to a life of anti-racism. If you’re reading this, I imagine this is you, too. Welcome.
When you woke up to the anti-racism movement, I’m guessing you were encouraged to sit back, be silent, listen, and learn. Too many people have gotten comfortable there. You’ve taken “listen and learn” to mean you never have to speak up or speak out. That’s not true.
This guide includes action steps and opportunities for reflection, so be sure to have a journal or your notes app open and available. If you’re working through this with a friend, or a group, consider a group text, or a Voxer message to share your thoughts with each other. I wrote this guide to help you understand how to say something, in your own voice, on a regular basis, on your social media platform. I’m not saying everyone should speak out on social media. But you can. Use this resource to learn what to say, why you should say it, and how.
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Churches in Partnership, Sharing Resources, Inviting and Equipping Disciples
Resources & Links
Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I am writing to invite you to participate in a brand new initiative being developed by the Department of Congregational Leadership and Renewal. We are excited to see what God is doing in our churches here in Connecticut and want to pass along and share that excitement.
Our team at CLEAR (Congregational Leadership and Renewal) want to serve you as a resource in the areas of Evangelism and Leadership Development. We recognize and celebrate the experience and expertise that exists right here in our churches in Connecticut and want to tap into that wealth of knowledge to the benefit of all of our congregations.
Would you please take a moment or two to jot down some of your favorites resources related to Evangelism and Leadership Development, whether they be books, articles, podcasts or other online resources that you believe might be of benefit to our ABCCONN family and send them by email to Pastor Bob Beckwith with a copy to Brittany Stephenson?
In this season of isolation and separation, it might be an even greater blessing if you felt compelled to share your suggestion in the form of a short video describing the resource and how it has blessed and encouraged you personally. (Think Reading Rainbow….)
As Paul once wrote to the Church in Thessalonica “And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God.” [1 Thessalonians 1:8a (NLT2)] It is our desire to see our ABCCONN family “ringing out” the Good News of the Gospel of our Lord.
Please join us in this initiative.
For the CLEAR Team
We are excited to announce ABCCONN’s Annual Gathering Meeting will be September 25, 2021. This year’s theme is John 17: 23: “I in them, and You in Me…complete unity.”
We are looking forward to another great event and will share additional information soon. Until then, mark your calendars and plan to attend!