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From Social Media to Social Ministry: A Guide to Digital Discipleship by [Nona Jones]
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'Nona has been pioneering in social media ministry for years. Not only is From Social Media to Social Ministry incredibly rich and deeply practical, but it is extremely timely. There has never been a better time to shift our thinking from social media to social ministry and Nona leads the way.'-- Carey Nieuwhof, Bestselling Author, Podcaster and Speaker

'Nona is a visionary. In a time of massive digital disruption within the Church, she brings together her life-long experience in ministry and her knowledge with social technology to help the Church strengthen community and bring people deeper in their faith. From Social Media to Social Ministry uncovers the power of using social technology for discipleship. It is a must-read.'-- Troy Pollock, Chief Ambassador at Pushpay

'Nona Jones occupies a uniquely critical role in the ecosystem of the 21st century church. From Social Media to Social Ministry is prophetic and prescriptive and a must read for those who are serious about cultivating a relevant and effective ministry.'-- Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, Senior Pastor, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

'The barrier to entry for online ministry is lower than it's ever been. In From Social Media to Social Ministry, Nona Jones equips readers to use social technology for so much more than we have in the past. With her singular perspective as a global thought-leader in this space, she shows us that online ministry is more than an opportunity. It's a responsibility.'-- Bobby Gruenewald, Founder, YouVersion --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Nona Jones is an international speaker, preacher, author, and the head of global faith-based partnerships at Facebook. Previously, Nona held executive leadership roles across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. A graduate of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, Nona was named one of Essence magazine's Under 40 Women to Watch. Nona and her husband lead a church together in Gainesville, Florida. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B081MZQV78
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Zondervan (23 June 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 500 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 159 pages
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Tom Greentree
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guidance on discipleship through social media
Reviewed in Canada on 9 January 2021
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Greg Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great call to action: Now to do it
Reviewed in Canada on 18 October 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Reviewed in Canada on 31 March 2021
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Sherlita Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant to Today's Culture
Reviewed in the United States on 5 May 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant to Today's Culture
Reviewed in the United States on 5 May 2021
This book provides practical instruction on implementing an evangelism-based online community, as presented by a well-renowned leader in the church and business world. Ways to build an online community with a primary focus on "digital discipleship" principles to use as a framework for building the social media community. She also presented significant real-world data and examples of the good and not ineffective use of building social platforms for discipleship, encouraging the reader to build their social media outreach using popular products on Facebook and how to launch a Facebook Campus.

Mrs. Jones's desire for writing the book reaches out and informs pastors and church leaders to consider using social media for discipleship. She said, "I made it my mission to shift the paradigm about what church is." Her other concerns affecting the effectiveness of the church include a decline in overall church attendance. And of course, the effects of the global pandemic when "she received panicked emails, texts, messages, and phone calls from people all around the world who needed immediate guidance on how to move their services online." She wanted to give them the who, what, when, why, and how to approach the practical uses of social media, including YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tiktok, Facebook, as she calls Facebook "the only truly social media platform that is leading the social ministry shift.

She believes that the church can no longer ignore the online church, which is why she developed the framework for church leaders to use—to assist with the transition from "social media to social ministry." She said that she wanted to "help churches go beyond using social technology to build their brand to using social technology to build God's kingdom. Another objective that she desired was to respond to attracting more church followers and increasing church attendance.

As a church altar counselor and social communicator, I have a similar desire to become, as Ms. Jones said, more relevant to reach the people who are spending a great deal of time on the Internet and social media. Another interest is helping people to fulfill their unique God-given purpose and objectives. I selected the book due to a lack of knowledge of using social media to accomplish my goals to reach people who spend a great deal of their time on social media. She also mentioned the principal reason for using the digital media platform. To obey God's commandment outlined in Matthew 28:19-20, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." I wanted to learn how to communicate with the people I minister to outside the church environment.

Not everyone who starts a ministry is lifting the name of Jesus. Her motives for writing the book are to raise the name of Jesus, make disciples, and spread the gospel shared by someone who understands the church's current dilemma in modern-day culture. I agree with her argument that good relationships are the foundation for making disciples. I often cringe when I see God's people throwing content or information at people and calling it evangelism. She also said that we should go where the people are to attract people to the church on Facebook. Why, because fewer people are attending church in buildings.

All of the information presented in the book provided excellent research and practical, real-world guidance to begin or build upon the social platform to attract and make disciples. However, I wanted to know or at least have the principles moved ahead or integrated with the research data to develop a strategy for my ministry while reading the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Facebook ministry campus?
Reviewed in the United States on 4 May 2021
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