Understanding Pokemon Go for your Ministry

Podcast IconJate Earhart knows gaming.  He’s an active gamer who just so happens to work at New Life Christian Church. It was because Jate was playing with Pokemon Go and mobilizing others in the immediate area (teens and young adults) that caused Tom to look into it.

But then when Pokemon Go was trending and all over social media it was immediately clear that this was an immediate phenomenon that the Church had to take notice of and begin to use in some way.

That is why Tom invited Jate to come on the podcast. In this episode Tom and Jate talk about…

  1. How he got involved in gaming
  2. What is Pokemon Go – understanding the basics of Pokemon Go
  3. Ways you can utilize Pokemon Go for ministry

The reality is you can discount Pokemon Go as a temporary “fad”, but the thing is whether it is Pokemon Go or another game, there will be apps and games that take the world by storm. Because of this, churches have to be prepared with how they can get involved because these present churches with a great opportunity to help others come to know Christ.

If you want to connect with Jate you can find him on  Twitter (twitter.com/jatedesigns) and you can find him regularly posting on GameChurch City.

So what do you think? What are you doing with Pokemon Go and how are you planning on using it in your ministry.  Join the conversation by sharing your thoughts and insights below or on social media using the hashtag #ymsidekick. 

Also, Tom would love to hear from you about what you’d like a future topic to be. To email Tom some ideas email him here.

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Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at YMSidekick.com and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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