Christian Church Reaches Out Using Social Media Sites

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Is the Christian Church an actual building? The New Testament says that it is not, that the people who practice Christianity are the true Church. Is it so surprising then that the United Church of God uses social media networks - twitter, Facebook and YouTube - as pulpits from which to preach about Salvation? Whether it is a tweet touting a recent commentary on the future of Haiti or a link to video comparing ever-changing technology such as the iPad to the Bible, social networks allow United Church of God to spread its teachings about the Kingdom of Heaven around the world.

It seems as if everyone belongs to a social media network these days. Bill Gates just joined twitter, and odds are the senior citizen living next door uses Facebook to show off photos of her grandson. Social media allows anyone with a computer or smartphone a platform from which to share information. It only makes sense for the Christian Church to do the same, to spread its message of Salvation around the globe.

United Church of God maintains social media profiles on twitter, Facebook and YouTube. With more than 1,000 followers and growing, United Church of God's twitter account - twitter.com/ucgia - shares links to content found on the organization's various websites. Links to frequently asked questions about the Christian Church and the Kingdom of Heaven are a common site in the feed, as are links to commentaries on topics in the news, such as the devastation in Haiti or the Christmas Day bombing attempt on a Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. The United Church of God even retweets items from other profiles that share its beliefs about Salvation. The recent List feature introduced by twitter also allows followers to include United Church of God's feed in lists they create for others to follow; United Church of God has landed on 25 such lists, so far.

Over on Facebook, United Church of God has set up a robust Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/unitedchurchofgod. Its more than 3,000 fans receive links to United Church of God articles and sermons in their News Feed, and they can also post items on the page's Facebook wall; fans discuss their thoughts and beliefs regarding the Kingdom of Heaven and Salvation here. Extensive information about the United Church of God can be found throughout the many subpages of the Facebook account, along with photos from events and conferences sponsored by the Christian Church. Fans can sign up for the Church's email list and its RSS feed here, as well.

Perhaps the most direct social media network connection the United Church of God has to its followers - and those it would like to bring into the Christian Church fold - is via YouTube. The organization's Good News Magazine and Beyond Today TV show post video commentaries and excerpts to http://www.youtube.com/user/BeyondTodayTV. The videos are Bible-based explorations of modern issues that affect followers' lives. Those seeking daily programing on Salvation and its path to the Kingdom of Heaven can subscribe to the YouTube channel.

About United Church of God: The United Church of God traces its origins back to the Christian Church founded by Jesus in the early first century. The Church follows the same doctrines, teachings and practices as the original Church, and it strives to educate all about the Kingdom of Heaven. Follow the United Church of God on http://www.twitter.com/ucgia, fan the organization on Facebook, and watch video commentaries and excerpts from sermons on youtube.com/user/BeyondTodayTV

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