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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Facebook’s faith-based director illustrated how churches can leverage social media to grow the Kingdom of God and exhorted Christians to use their platforms to build followers of Jesus instead of simply growing their personal audience.
“God wants to do something new with social technology that we’ve never comprehended before,” Nona Jones, Facebook’s director of global faith-based partnerships, said during the Digital Media Summit at Proclaim 19, the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention on March 29.
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Jones, who with her husband also pastors Open Door Ministries in Gainesville, Florida, detailed how churches can use social media to develop disciples both within and outside their church walls. Far too many Christians, she said, have erroneously come to equate “church” with “building.”
“The paradigm for the Church today is often ‘Come, follow Jesus at church on Sunday at 11,” she said. But when Jesus walked on Earth, church was not something that occurred at a particular time on a particular day.
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“Church was a community of people who cared about the Gospel and cared about the Good News and took the Good News with them wherever they went,” she said.
Jones, who will release her memoir titled, Success From the Inside Out, in January 2020, urged the audience to return to “a biblical model of church that never involved an address, but only involved willing hearts,” she said, reminding listeners that “Jesus taught people, equipped people, healed people, prayed for people, and set people free as He found them along His journey.”
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