How “Showing Up” helps your Ministry

Contact work is vital to your ministry. If you and your leaders do a lot of it, it will yield great relationship results with people you are trying to reach. However, if you don’t do a lot of it, it can cause a lack of solid relationships in your ministry.

Today Cory Sullivan joins me in person as the Orange Conference ’18 begins and we talk about the value of showing up. More importantly, we talk about the value of showing up in the lives of students and families when relationships may be rocky or students may be distant. When you show up in their lives then it can communicate so much about the love of Christ in their lives and how much you care for them.


  • Share your thoughts! How have you seen “showing up” help your ministry? Share your thoughts on social media using #ymsidekick when you share
    • Cory and I are at the Orange Conference. Follow Cory on Twitter and his blog and you can also follow him on Twitter here. He’s a great resource so hit him up and will have lots to say about the conference.
    • Find out other Orange Bloggers are saying about the conference here.
  • The Twitter Advantage – Some churches are giving up on Twitter and that’s a mistake. This platform has unique advantages over other social platforms and can be leveraged to bring people from your community through your church’s front door. Discover how Twitter can be one of the most effective tools in your communications tool box.
  • Facebook Group! Join the Digital Bootcamp Facebook Group to learn how to be more effective using digital tools for your ministry join the group. This is for ALL Ministers, not just Church Communicators or Social Media Managers. If you are a ministry leader or volunteer, this is the group just for you!
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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 and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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