My November 1 post asked the question, "What Difference Does it Make." Taking the well-known question out of its recent political context, I posed this question concerning what differences-if any-Christian values, words, and actions are making in the market place today. Is what we believe, say, and do really making a difference in our world? If so, how? I said that I would share some answers on how we can make a difference to those around us, those who either don't have a relationship with God, through His Son, Jesus Christ. Here are a few ways: 1. Have your church add a youth group page to their website. If they don't have a website encourage them to get one. Let the youth group "announce" upcoming activities plus encourage interaction among social media users by asking relevant questions-something beyond "Where will you spend eternity?" Something like "Why do people like Christ, but hate church?" or "I'd come to your church, but---." Use your own examples. Young people are more apt to reach their peers than those making the decisions. It's time for those making a difference to make some of the decisions.
2. Make short (2-3 minute) videos of what's happening in your church, youth group, and/or personal life-then post them on YouTube and/or Vimeo. Keep them relevant, relational-and short. Let the world see what's going on inside your church, group, or other organization-without them actually being there.
There's an old saying "if the fish aren't biting, don't blame the fish." Change your bait, or where you're fishing. In context that means if what you're doing isn't making a difference, don't blame your "audience." Assess your content and/or methods. Change things up without compromising your core message.
What do you think? Are these workable suggestions? Can you see these ideas working in your church, group, or organization? Share, so we can all benefit.