Churches and Social Media A Tool of Ministry and Outreach

Social Media and the Church of Christ
Alvin Daniels Elijah Taylor William Jackson
Minister Alvin Daniels, Elijah Taylor III, William Jackson, M.Ed.

Churches and Social Media A Tool of Ministry and Outreach
William Jackson, M.Ed. Graduate of South Carolina
State University… William Jackson Northside Church of Christ, Jacksonville,
Minister Alvin Daniels of Hope Church of Christ, Hollywood
and Elisha Taylor III of Northbound Church of Christ provided
valuable information during the Social Media workshop portion
of the 51st Annual Florida State Church of Christ Lectureship
held in Jacksonville, Florida.

Attended by over 500 hundred members of Church of Christ
ministries and friends during the week, there were workshops
dedicated to Ministry, Evangelism, Youth Ministry, Outreach and
other areas of need and interest.

The workshop “Bridging the Gap Through Social Media”
was an interactive discussion covering digital content, social
engagement and how future employment and careers are
affected. How to digitally evangelize online and share the
gospel in outreach.

Social Media can affect credit scores and perceptions
that church members create when posting inappropriate
information. Digital information never goes away, members
of the Church of Christ and other ministries should understand
this, stated by William Jackson a 32 year educator.

People judge ministries by the Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat
postings of their.Church are being classified as good or
bad by members content.

William Jackson, Digital Media Innovator of My Quest to Teach
shared a new term “Sharenting” where parents are constantly
posting content about their kids. The danger is posting photos
of children nude, semi-nude or in poses of “cuteness,”
perceptions of being older and poses present a more mature
look can cause issues and dangers from cyber-stalkers, potential
child pornography issues, cyber-bullying and harassing in future
encounters with content online.

Minister Alvin Daniels spoke on how to create an effective
Social Media presence for ministries, to develop a team that
can support each other, that can use different platforms to
share the gospel and support the members and show to the
community the atmosphere of the ministry.

Minister Daniels shared how people will Google churches if
they are looking to move memberships or if they are relocating
to a new area. The Social Media engagement does mean
a lot for families. Hope Church of Christ is successful because
of its consistency with posting content, replying to emails
and messages from online and being able to rotate staff so
no one get burned out from doing the same thing all the time.
Successful engagement is having the minister and leadership
share content individually in videos, chats on Twitter, LinkedIn
and Instagram.

Even in this age of digital engagement it is important that
ministers do not shield themselves from the public,but use
Social Media to show their availability and access for prayer
and inviting the community to events of the ministry.

Minister Daniels has used Social Media to build Hope
Church of Christ to one of the largest and connected
ministries in the South Florida area.

Social Media is a powerful tool that can build a person’s
Brand or destroy their ability to communicate and influence.
The photo shows on the left Minister Alvin Daniels,
Elisha Taylor III blogger, speaker at tech conferences and
the first DCPS student to peak at a TEDX Salon at Florida
State College in Jacksonville and William Jackson DMI of
My Quest To Teach.

51st Annual Florida State Lectureship can be found at https://www.facebook.com/2019FloridaStateLectureship/
Minister Alvin Daniels can be found https://hopechurchofchrist.org/
Elisha Taylor III can be found at
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/elisha-taylor-iii/
William Jackson, M.Ed. can be found at https://myquesttoteach.com/
More about Sharenting
https://www.npr.org/2019/08/12/750577697/what-parents-may-not-realize-when-they-post-about-their-kids-online

A Business Perspective on Social Media and SoLoMoCo

My Quest To Teach Logo

A Business Perspective on Social Media and SoLoMoCo
William Jackson, M.Ed
My Quest to Teach – #MyQuestToTeach

My Quest To Teach Logo
My Quest To Teach Logo

The concepts of SoLoMoCo to build connections that
support community growth, stability and mentorship.

A dynamic and engaged opportunity to understand Branding
and finding your Niche as a business owner; the foundation
of understanding the value of digital content in relation to
business and entrepreneurials.

Applying the So-Lo-Mo-Co Concepts
So-social Lo-local Mo-mobile Co-community uses of Social
Media platforms and tools to share content and collaborate
in dynamic and engaged projects.

Business owners should be engaged with their communities
using digital platforms that are not just used for profits, but to
apply digital tools to build relationships and influence the
thinking of the community. Engagement is key, not to change
the perspectives of the community, but to empower the
community to see what changes need to be made and
providing the resources to create necessary social,
economic and educational improvements so everyone can
benefit.

In order to have a strong and stable community businesses
should know the needs of their communities, the challenges
that are present and how they can collaborate with local
schools, ministries and even higher educational institutions.
These connections help build partnership, potential internships,
and even employment opportunities.

Wireless communication infrastructures are important to
build connections that open collaborations and create
connections for social, educational and economic activism.
Building a Brand and creating a Niche for business minded
youth, teens and young adults. Communities are only as
stable and strong as the generations coming up. The
community only grows with the talents and availability of
youth, teens and young adults. The issue with many
communities of color is that when children of color reach
some level of success they want to leave their
communities instead of staying and contributing.

Social activism in bringing people together for economic
empowerment and building the I and E of Individual
Entreprenurialism. Branding and finding that Niche to
connect with establish a digital footprint that is relevant
and realistic.

Community workshops are important because they will
show that people of color have a vision for their communities
of color. Offering opportunities to teach, mentor, guide and
empower others.

Malcolm X stated,
“We are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for
separation. We are fighting for recognition as human beings…
In fact, we are actually fighting for rights that are even greater
than civil rights and that is human rights.”
Malcolm X (Black Revolution)

The rights to influence the community on a path of growth,
productivity, inclusion in the economic and political process.
People of color need to learn to be influencers of color so they
can increase the opportunities in their communities and bring
about a mental change of elevation and stability in growth
economically, educationally and even environmentally.
Gentrafication happens over time when there is no growth,
no investments and no action to improve a community.

How many opportunities do African American youth, teens
young adults see men and women participate in national and
international events that do not include sports? The careers of
the 21st and 22nd century are here, but kids need exposure
and opportunities. They need to participate, attend, value,
engage and appreciate new learning opportunities and parents
need to appreciate each.

If children only see one side of the story they will only stay on
that one side. If children only see others that look like them as
labours, lower educated and lower economic status many
will accept this as normal and not try to improve their lives.

Applying So – Social awareness to change in the community
using digital technologies can reach people and make
those connections. Lo – Local engagement is important
because of the influences of sponsoring, promoting and
gaining the attention of the community. Mo – Mobile technologies
that are growing and adapting for people of color and culture.
To continue to build digital infrastructures that encourage
young minds to enter into STEAM careers and grow beyond
their current situations.
Co – Communities needs to see people of color that are successful,
growing, educated, employed and engaged in learning and economic
growth.

 

William Jackson of My Quest to Teach
William Jackson of My Quest to Teach

WordCamp In Africa – Learning Growing Collaboration

Africa Digital

WordCamp In Africa – Learning Growing Collaboration
William Jackson, M.Ed
WordCamp Organizer, Speaker, KidsCamp Organizer
Past sponsor WordCamp Harare and EdCamp Nigeria

Kids Camp In Africa
Kids Camp In Africa

“In our fast-changing world driven by digital technology,
it is important that every child becomes a creative actor
of localized digital solutions, not its passive consumer”.
@ashuna112 #ACW2019 #AfricaCodeWeek

There is a rapid expansion of WordCamp conferences in Africa,
this magnificent continent of resources both human and
environmental.
WordCamp conferences are seen growing, thriving and
educating people with a passion not just for technology, but
opening doors for business ventures, entrepreneurial opportunities,
unheard of digital collaboration. The opportunities to enable and
empowering African entrepreneurs to share their Brands and find
new Niches and partnerships.

As Blogger, Micro-bloggers, content creator and digital
influencer  for over 15 years, digital impressions expand
based on engagements.  That engagement builds with
the increase of involvement, engagement,
collaboration and sharing content.

WordCamp allows rapid and sustainable growth based on thought
leadership digitally and correspondingly with continued engagement
at MeetUps.  Content creation is only limited by the creative minds that
apply what is learned at WordCamp conferences and the growing number
of KidsCamp and YouthCamp conferences.

WordCamp is a casual and at the same time professional
conference where information is shared related to
WordPress. WP is a free and open source personal publishing
application that powers over 40% of the web.
The immersion of Africa will rapidly increase these numbers and
allow for those African digital innovators to share their talents,
gifts and knowledge.

Africa is expanding the influence of knowledge and applied
knowledge to grow new generations of thought leaders,
digital dreamers, critical thinkers and collaborations that
will take place not just locally, but expand nationally and
across the continent.

Accompanying the traditional WC are KidsCamp and
YouthCamp components that encourage kids from
7yrs to 14yrs and YouthCamp from 15yrs to 17yrs.
There are increased numbers of youth, teens and
young Africans that are starting businesses and
becoming digital innovators, influencers and digital
business owners.

WC conferences build relevant discussions and
information is applicable immediately during
and after the conference. Networking is formidable
because real people with real careers, professions,
businesses, and real dreams are present to share
and help others.

Mentors in multiple areas can be found and the growing
number of Internships helps to provide youth and teens
with real world opportunities to apply and learn skills
to build on.

Meetups allow discussions to be continued and the
building of PLN’s or Professional Learning Networks
that help assist in connections, collaborations
and building networks.

The formats from lectures/presentations, speed talks,
or lightning presentations, panels and interviews.
Presentations are diverse sessions that incorporate slides
and videos that can be accessed from the presenters web
site or through  WordCamp channel on
http://WordPress.tv  after the conference.
The professional development opportunities continue
and can be used at the convenience from home or
through mobile devices.

The building of digital infrastructures that allow
for strong and consistent connections is growing
quickly because of the demands for access.
Access to tech is not a privilege, it has become a right,
as education is a human right, digital access to
educational, business and humanitarian information
is a right of all Africans not matter their educational,
economic, cultural or color. New laws are in place to
make sure access if available and equitable.

As a WordCamp blogger, advocate, speaker, organizer,
volunteer and a the value for the cost of a two day and
the growing three day conference pays for itself.
Africans are seeing that their Brand grows rapidly and
their engagements increase proportionally to following
others on Social Media platforms like Twitter, Instagram
and LinkedIn.

To keep up to date access WordCamp Central and
WordPress TV for relevant and real information.

Resources:
WordCamp Central
https://central.wordcamp.org/

WordPress TV
https://wordpress.tv/

Follow William Jackson and Aida Correa
on the hashtag #thatwordcamplife or #thatwordpresslife

Sharing Ideas to Build African Content Creators

image of Africa


Sharing Ideas to Build African Content Creators
William Jackson, M.Ed.
The continued growth of African content creators is
being seen in the global expansion of Africans that
are sharing their digital stories.

Whether their stories are personal, professional,
collaborative, political or based on social issues
there are more African bloggers than ever before.
Digital infrastructures are allowing Africans to build
businesses using their cell phones and tablets.
Technology is opening new doors to compete and
collaborate and the world is noticing on Social Media
and digital commerce.

There are many African bloggers not sure how to
start and where to go for help. The availability of
WordCamp conferences and other tech workshops,
meetups and meetings helps tremendously.
Understanding and comprehension of how to apply
content creation is important. Blogging is not and will
not die because of the diversity that is available.

Sharing from my experiences to help bloggers on the
African content are from my experiences as a blogger,
speaker, volunteer, advocate and organizer at WordCamp,
Bar Camp and other tech events.
As a professional educator with a Masters in Technology
with a focus in Educational Technology, Social Media
and STEAM and 30 years of teaching I have seen so much
on the local, national and international levels.

African communities are improving their infrastructures
so the increase is necessary to support the growing number
of users. Resources are valuable to allow for growth
educationally, economically and even socially.



22 Ideas for Growth and Engagement of

African Content Creators
1. Find your calling for content creation, you should
enjoy the process and feel that your accomplishing
something that is coming from your heart and your head.
2. Question your direction in content and where you’re
going. The direction that you are traveling is important
to the stability and growth of your personal and business
life.
3. Use your current skills to build your craft and build
your Brand. Starting is sometimes the hardest part, but
begin and don’t look back.
4. Always participate in learning activities, being a life-long
learner is beneficial because it sets the foundation for
continued learning and growth.
5. Stay true to your Brand, your Brand represents you
and the business you are building.

6. Look at your potential competition as possible future
collaboration. Find common ground to work on and build
a following together. The world is a global economy that
is based on business collaborations.
7. Be proud of who you are and be authentic in your Brand.
8. Don’t be distracted by others and their growth, don’t
imitate others that are growing faster than you, study
their marketing abilities and who is their audience.
9. Embrace your cultural heritage and leverage it to grow,
but always be mindful of the power of embracing diversity.
10. Don’t forget where you came from and how you can
help others grow from their situations and circumstances.
11. Watch your level of articulation and language when
posting content on diverse platforms.
Your words carry power.

12. Be careful how  you share information across cultures,
genders and generations. The language you use can make
or break your Brand and building relationships.
13. Be prepared for trips to libraries for research. Gaining
information to build beyond your opinion, speculation and
perceptions from experiences. 
14. Being involved in Social Media and tech it is important
to always have your devices charged because you never
know when content will be available for your next blog
or video.
15.  Try to put aside your personal ideologies and nuances
that will affect your writing. Distractions must be kept to
a minimum.
16. Write for multiple platforms, diversity helps to bring
about diversity in thinking and looking at things differently.
The TEDTalk “The Danger of a Single Story” is important
to listen to and helps understand potential perceptions.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an excellent storyteller.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg

17. Check to make sure your writing from the heart and that your writing
not just for yourself, but potential readers.
18. Never forget the humanistic and humanity in your storytelling.
You have a voice that has power so make sure there is a purpose.
19. Look at your attire and the perceptions that you create.
Writing changes as you change in maturity, experience and
relationships. Adapting is important and necessary over time.

20. Surround yourself with people that are growing and moving.
Developing and rising take time, but the foundation can be
made by who and whom you hang out with and collaborate with.
21. Guilt by association is very powerful, be aware of your
associations, relationships, and who you’re seen with.
22. Have your “elevator pitch” ready at all times. You may
end up giving it in the bathroom or the most awkward places
and the rewards can be life changing.

WordCamp Conferences – You Have Too Want It and Own It

Aida and William teaching KidsCamp Orlando

WordCamp Conferences – You Have Too Want It and Own It
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Organizer, Volunteer, Speaker, Advocate, Micro-sponsor

The growing anniversaries of WordCamp conferences is a
pivital point in many of those attending these transitiveness
tech conferences globally.
Organizers and Bloggers

Organizers and BloggersWC or WordCamp is an opportunity to learn new skills and
apply to the value and importance of building knowledge
then applying that knowledge strategically. Learning
marketing strategies, the value of recognizing changes
in applications that take the future and pull us forward.
The evolution of “tracks” shows the diversity of the
speakers in culture, gender, demographics and their
knowledge base.

Diversity and inclusiveness means across the board
cultural, gender, color and even generational values
to all. The understanding that as content creators we
cannot live in a vacuum or in our own worlds because
of the beauty of diversity in interests applied to
the dynamic platform of WordPress.

One of the pivital points of WordCamp is the Kids Camp
that provides a platform of networking, education,
encouragement, empowerment and even enlightenment.
Youth, teens and young adults grow in their business
and entrepreneurial knowledge.
They are engaged in exchanges of knowledge, higher
order thinking and critical thinking skills.

The instruction, mentoring and role modeling through
the speakers and volunteers showed that youth, teens
and young adults are encouraged to be engaged and involved.
Sharing to the future bloggers, graphic designers, coders,
programmers that they have to want to own it, and through
that ownership they are a growing influence.

Teaching future content creators, bloggers, entrepreneurs,
business owners, educators, venture capitalists and others
that allow for engagement, empowerment and elevation for the
future business leaders in technology.
My observations as an educator, business owner and parent
are the lessons learned from WordCamp conferences I have
attended, spoken and volunteered since 2011.

Learning is not conditional, it should be contagious and
continuous. There should be relevancy in applying what is
being learned to real world situations. Applied knowledge
can create change, the WordCamp community is not a selfish
community, it is based on a foundation of innovation,
creativity, imagination and sharing.

Diversity is valuable and inclusiveness is a continuous
learning process as more women are speaking and more people
of color such as myself (African American and male) and
Aida Correa (Afro-Latina and female) each of us is over
50 so generational circumstances are important too.

Flag of Costa Rica
Flag of Costa Rica

Involved in WordCampCR (Costa Rica) Central America
is an extension of the value of diversity in culture,
cultural understanding and cultural acceptance.
Even speaking and volunteering in Calgary, Canada at
WordCampYYC (Calgary, Alberta) Canada

Image of WordCamp YYC
Image of WordCamp YYC

The extension of the conference for WordCamp and Kids Camp
into Meetups held once or twice a month that encourages
interaction and collaboration. Learning has to be applied
to the crafts that are chosen, being accountable and
responsible for your knowledge and applying where it is
beneficial for growth.

The speakers at WordCamp conferences provide the
content,  it is up to those attending to apply that
knowledge for their benefit and even the benefit
of their customers.
The dynamics of tech can only show change when effectively
applied and applied strategically. Owning our Brands is
owning our vision for what we want people to see and their
perceptions of what we present.

Encouraging youth, teens and young adults with their
parents to attend WordCamp and KidsCamp conferences
and along with monthly or bi-monthly Meetups.

WordCamp Central
https://central.wordcamp.org/
WordCamps are informal, community-organized
events that are put together by WordPress
users like you.
Everyone from casual users to core developers
participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.