The necessary first step is for a congregation to request their own application of this online community specifically to their church. Make such a request to [email protected]. Preferably this will be done by the pastor, or clearly have his endorsement.
If your church is already participating, go the Member Churches button on the navigation bar. Congregations are listed alphabetically by name and city. Find your moderator address. For example, the moderator at Royal Redeemer in North Royalton is [email protected].
Send your observation, sighting, or reaction to that moderator. Midweek he or she will review comments and post them.
The moderator is key to the effectiveness of this online community in a specific congregation. He or she should be a trusted leader who functions as an assistant to the pastor. All comments from anyone in that congregation go first to the moderator.
The moderator will
- Review to be sure comment is positive and encouraging.
- Check for confidentiality issues.
- Post new comments weekly
- Reach out to encourage new participants.
Moderators can access the Virtual Fellowship Facebook Group page to seek advice, share experiences, and solve problems
Introducing VCF to Your Congregation
Begin with a group of three or four other participants, including the pastor. Familiarize yourself with the Forum page and types of entries. Under Forum click on the second line for descriptions of entries and on the third line for samples.
Expand your initial group to ten or twelve others so you have a strong core with many examples. These will help promote the new kind of fellowship.
For publicity, write up your own description of what you are trying to accomplish in your congregation. Use material in the About, How it Works, and FAQs
Announce this new opportunity for online community to the congregation only when everything is working well. Be ready to have members of you core group help members find the website and understand how it works.
Pray for God’s blessing on this new form of fellowship in your congregation.