Church Social Media Post Idea: Back to School

It's back to school time! As with any time of the year that provides an established transition, you have the opportunity to engage your church and impact your community using social media. Here's just one idea you can use.

Example Graphic

Do a simple graphic containing the phrase: "We ❀️ Our Teachers."

Free School Related Photos from Unsplash

Use these photos to create a graphic:

Example Post Text

"As a family, spend a few minutes today praying for your children's teachers or a teacher you know. Mention or tag them in the comments to let them know you're praying for them."

School Related Emojis

  • πŸŽ’ Backpack
  • 🚌 School Bus
  • 🍎 Apple
  • 🏫 School
  • πŸ‘©β€πŸ« Female Teacher
  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ« Male Teacher

Level Up

Here are a few ideas to level up your back to school social posts:

  • Create a post that encourages your church to think about a teacher who made a big impact in their life and ask them to reply with a story of why/how.
  • Ask the question: "How do you show your child's teacher that you appreciate them?" Create a blog post using the top suggestions then share that post to help others.
  • Ask the question: "What are your kids looking forward to most this school year?" Engage with them when they answer.
  • On a Thursday, ask people on Facebook to share a photo of themselves in grade school in the comments. #tbt
  • Create posts focused on prayer & encouragement for other specific school workers: bus drivers, principals, janitors, special needs teachers, coaches, etc.

Remember, social media is all about providing value. It's definitely okay to create a post without spiritual context. You can learn a lot about your people in how they respond and maybe even find ministry opportunities through those responses. But as a church you should find unique ways to give people valuable content with a spiritual context.


Reflections or Reactions

Today I finished listening to one of my favorite podcasts during my workout: The Startup Camp Podcast by Dale Partridge. I was catching up on an episode with Bob Goff. It was full of incredible nuggets of wisdom. Here are a few of my favorites:

We’re either reflections of or reactions to the people we’ve been around.
I don’t think people follow vision. I think they follow availability.
One of the things that gets in the way of us leading well in our families and our work environments is we’re reading all the junk mail. These stories about who we used to be.

I highly suggest giving this episode a listen and subscribing to the podcast. Dale provides consistently helpful advice and valuable interviews for entrepreneurs.

πŸ“·: Alex Wong

Learning Garage & Estate Sale Flipping

At the beginning of this year I started reading a book that got me thinking differently about my money. The book is actually about real estate investing but had some really solid universal principles. One principle is that an investor is always alert to opportunities. So I got pretty amped up watching Gary Vaynerchuk's 2017 Flip Challenge video where he and his friends would wake up early, hit garage sales and flip the items they bought on eBay.

Then I clicked on the challenge's hashtag and saw these tweets: 

I was definitely ready to give it a shot. So last weekend I hit a couple estate sales... and walked away with nothing. There was so much stuff that was beyond my scope of knowledge. I tried doing a little research beforehand based on photos that were provided, but most of those items were just priced too high to flip.

Then I thought about something I read in a post about buying at garage sales to flip on eBayThey said that after about 10am, they changed their buying strategy from trying to find popular items to looking for offbeat items that people may have overlooked.

That's when I thought of a couple things I saw at the second estate sale and had a realization. When I was researching items I was only thinking about the items in their immediate context. I thought this is old/vintage so the only person who would buy this is some sort've collector. I failed to filter things through my context as well.

The item that caused this epiphany for me was a wooden whale. Nautical themes are huge in decorating baby's and kid's rooms right now and a vintage whale might be that unique addition someone is looking for.

I went back the next day and snagged the whale (and a large ceramic cat). Offbeat items for the win! Now I'll hopefully flip these things for a decent profit or some of my friends will be getting some awesome white elephant gifts for Christmas.

If you'd like to keep up with my progress, I'll be posting regularly about things I'm learning about flipping garage & estate sales. You can also give me a shout on Twitter and check out the hashtag #2017flipchallenge to see how and what other people are doing.