Imagine a group of 20 stops to have a Facebook moment toward the beginning of the time they meet.

One posts a text from their non-smart phone: “Great to see my friends in Sunday School today.”

A second mentions the teacher: “Always good to hear Bob teach the Word in Sunday School today.”

A third is more biblical, simply quoting the verse that says, “I rejoiced with those who said unto me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.'”

Imagine all 20 do something like this. Imagine each has 200 friends. (I have 5004.) How many people would hear about your Sunday School class in a year?

20 people

X

200 friends

=

4,000 mentions per week

X

52 weeks

=

20,800

Imagine every class in your church. Suppose you have 200 in attendance — youth and above. How many would hear about your church in a year?

208,000

Imagine every church did this.

This is why Leonard Sweet has written a new book called Viral: How social networking is poised to ignite a revival.

Two keys to making it work:

  1. Make it a consistent habit. Have a moment in class when you have the habit of reminding your group to update their Facebook status. Lead by example. You update yours and ask them to do the same. You might need to do a little coaching to show some of your technology challenged people how to do this.
  2. Make it sincere. If you fake it, people will know. If you say you rejoice with those who say let us go to the house of the Lord and people ask you about it at work tomorrow and you say church was boring, the plan will backfire.

This is one of 20 or so ideas in a new talk I am working all called Using Technology in the Sunday School. It is currently ranked #1 in the survey I am doing.

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