Using Instagram in Church Ministry
As a new mom, I’ve been taking a crazy amount of pictures of my 4 month old son. Now that Instagram is available on Android phones, I’ve been using the App to add some filters to my photos before they get posted on Facebook or Twitter.
The more I use it, the more I’ve been wondering if the photosharing App could benefit churches, and after a quick search online I came across an article that outlines different ways to share your faith using Instagram. I was curious if any of our readers have used this in their ministry? Seen any success?
I also found a Christian church in San Diego who is using Instagram in their church ministry. They ask members to take photos and upload their pictures with the hashtag #newbreakchurch, and then they are able to embed those photos into their homepage! Very cool idea, especially for the youth of the parish or Religious Ed students. Not only does it get kids involved, it helps them recognize the beauty of faith communities, and anyone who visits their homepage can see their photos.
Since you can tag an Instagram photo with any hashtag you’d like, much like Twitter, you can then search for hashtags on a site called SearchInstagram.com. If you search #catholic, a lot of beautiful photos pop up. (Note: anyone can put a hashtag of #catholic on their photo, so, sadly, some photos are not as sincere as others.) Interesting idea? Or waste of time?