Making social media work for you.

if this than that

A few weeks ago I came across a site that is fantastic. It’s called “If This Than That” It is basically a social media automation site. It’s fantastic. What does it do? My mom and dad don’t use Instagram so I created a recipe that emails my parents a picture of every Instragram picture I take automatically. It’s a very power tool that is only getting better.

Here is how it works.

1. You start with a channel

Channels are the basic building blocks of IFTTT. Each Channel has its own Triggers and Actions. Some example Channels include – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WordPress, dropbox ect.

2. Next comes the trigger:

The this part of a Recipe is a Trigger. Some example Triggers are “I’m tagged in a photo on Facebook” or “I check in on Foursquare.”

3. The Action What you want your trigger to do:

The that part of a Recipe is an Action. Some example Actions are “send me a text message” or “create a status message on Facebook.”

4. What specifically you want your trigger to tell you:

Pieces of data from a Trigger are called Ingredients. For example, the Ingredients of an Email Trigger could be: subject, body, attachment, received date, and the sender’s address.

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If you want to pause a recipe you simply turn the recipe off and it stops working to resume the recipe you switch it to on and you pick up where you left off. Easy.

Check it out the possibilities are endless.  

 

 

Recipe or a Formula

(Here is an article I did a while back that I always think about  before heading off to a kids ministry conference. I thought I would share it  with you.)

As a kids pastor going to conferences I often made the mistake of looking for the perfect formula instead of the right recipe. When I was younger attending conferences I was always looking for the one thing that “perfect formula” that would make my ministry a success. Over the years I have come to learn that ministry especially kids ministry is not a formula but a recipe.

What is the difference between a formula and recipe? Formula’s are typically always a fixed set of logical step anyone can follow and are reproducible (sounds good right?) Well sorry to break the news to you but very few things work as advertised at a conference, you need to bring them home and break them down. Ministry to kids is more like a recipe take a cookie recipe for example you have certain things that are constant truths that have to be in that recipe or it’s going to TASTE weird. You need sugar, flour, usually eggs but it’s the things you change based on what you want your cookies to TASTE like that make all the difference. If you like peanut butter add that, you like chocolate chips add those

If ministries (and cookies) were made with a formula they would all look, TASTE and basically be the same and ultimately would not reach the people God is calling us to reach.

To get the most out of any conference you need to know what are the core ingredients essential to every ministry and what are those extra ingredients that produce a flavor that pleases God and draws the people God has called you to reach. If you do those two things you will not only learn great stuff but will have the grid to implement them when you get back home.

Recipe or a Formula

(Here is an article I did a while back that I always think about  before heading off to a kids ministry conference. I thought I would share it  with you.)

As a kids pastor going to conferences I often made the mistake of looking for the perfect formula instead of the right recipe. When I was younger attending conferences I was always looking for the one thing that “perfect formula” that would make my ministry a success. Over the years I have come to learn that ministry especially kids ministry is not a formula but a recipe.

What is the difference between a formula and recipe? Formula’s are typically always a fixed set of logical step anyone can follow and are reproducible (sounds good right?) Well sorry to break the news to you but very few things work as advertised at a conference, you need to bring them home and break them down. Ministry to kids is more like a recipe take a cookie recipe for example you have certain things that are constant truths that have to be in that recipe or it’s going to TASTE weird. You need sugar, flour, usually eggs but it’s the things you change based on what you want your cookies to TASTE like that make all the difference. If you like peanut butter add that, you like chocolate chips add those

If ministries (and cookies) were made with a formula they would all look, TASTE and basically be the same and ultimately would not reach the people God is calling us to reach.

To get the most out of any conference you need to know what are the core ingredients essential to every ministry and what are those extra ingredients that produce a flavor that pleases God and draws the people God has called you to reach. If you do those two things you will not only learn great stuff but will have the grid to implement them when you get back home.