Digital Bootcamp January ’18 Highlights

Digital Bootcamp kicked off 2018 with a bang. Not only did we cover some essential topics such as email and Apps that help us be more strategic and productive, but we also talked about Facebook’s latest set of changes and how we can adapt to those changes. We also hit on social media platform, and highly debated, Snapchat and how you can use that for your ministry.

It was a great month, so check out some of the highlights below.

Week 1: Apps (Tom Pounder)

Audio Teaching: Apps we use to be Productive 

Video Teaching: Video Apps you can Use and Video Brainstorm Session 



Week 2: Email (Justin Nava)

Blog: 16 Email Subject Lines You’ll Probably Want to Click

Video Teaching: How to Use the Power of Email for Online Prayer Ministry 


Week 3: Facebook Pages – now what? (Tom Pounder)

Blog: How your Church can Adapt to Facebook’s change to Pages 

Audio Teaching: The NEW Opportunities for Ministers with Facebook’s Latest Change – a conversation with Tom and Jeannette Yates


Week 4: Social Listening (Meghan Howard)

Blog: Social Listening: What it is, Why You Should Care, and How to Do it Well 

Video Teaching: 

Week 5: Snapchat (Tom Pounder)

Blog: How Snapchat’s Context Cards can benefit your Church

Video Teaching: How to set up a Snapchat Account



This past month we talked about a lot of some really important things we should be aware of as ministers. We discussed apps that help us be productive, email marketing for our Church, how to listen on social media. Facebook’s changes to Pages, and Snapchat’s usefulness for our ministries. Above were some of the highlights of the month but there is so much more discussion from the entire month that is still on Digital Bootcamp. Scan through it all and check it out to see what sticks out to you.

After you scan the Group, share what topic, blog or video stood out to you from the topics we covered in January. Share your thoughts below or social media using #ymsidekick when you post. 


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Digital Missionary

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 and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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