Activity 5: A Digital Day of outreach
The digital day of outreach can be conducted anywhere on campus. This is a virtual strategy which may be used to share your faith with your peers via smartphone. It employs the use of short films, your social media contacts and your conversation (texting) skills. After you have prepared your hearts ask God to help you to reach the people that he wants you to reach for this day. For this event we suggest using the video falling plates, however you may find many more videos at :
- Falling Plates:
Begin by messaging specific friends
Start by sharing the video with specific friends. Send them a personalized message you think will get them to want to watch the initial video. It could be as simple as:
Hey _____! I just saw this video and was wondering what you would think of it. It’s only 4 minutes. Watch it and let me know what you think? www.FallingPlates.com
We recommend sharing <www.FallingPlates.com> with about 30 friends. Take breaks after every 10 or so names and talk as a group about different approaches you can try, ways to be creative and to pray for each other. And remember, it’s a Share Party, so make sure to have fun.
Post the link or picture to Instagram / Facebook / Snapchat / Twitter
You may want to reach out to an even broader audience than your immediate friends, so have everyone at the Share Party post it to their various Social Media channels.
Personalize your message however you like and be creative.
As people like or comment about your post, make sure you reply back to everyone who responds to you.
Ask follow-up questions
The goal of sharing the video is to start the conversation. So as people interact with you, be ready to engage them in some follow-up questions. Here are a few ideas:
What was your favorite part?
Which picture stuck out to you the most?
What was the most interesting part for you?
When I saw this, I thought ________. What did you think?
Have you ever felt like you’re searching for something?
What do you think you are searching for right now?
Where are you on the journey of following Jesus?
You probably don’t need to ask more than two. These are merely a way to transition into more spiritual topics.
The four spiritual laws: https://knowgod.com/en/fourlaws/
What did you think of that #FallingPlates video I sent you?
Sometime, I’d love to talk more about this. I’m free this afternoon if you’re available.
I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts and I’d love to get your opinion on what it is I believe about this question Jesus asks in the video, “Will you follow me?” Could I share a bit with you and you can tell me what you think?
Please don’t forget to tell us how it went with each person you shared with. You may do so here. We also have comment cards that you may download here.