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

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Last month I working on a project that I needed to make the logotype I created for a sermon series look like it was on fire. After a little research, I found a the Flames Photoshop Action. It's the best $7 I've ever spent. After watching the instructional YouTube video and going through a few trial runs I had figured out how to light my font on fire.

Here's a play by play.

I started with a 1920px square image at 72ppi with my letter in the middle. In the instructional video for the action, the creator gives recommendations for image size.

After running the action (which took less that 30 seconds and produces unique results each time), I was almost where I wanted to be. The action had added some rounding to the letter that definitely didn't look great.

So I scrolled through the layers and found the culprit. Under the Base Subject Photo folder there's a layer called Inner Edge Glow. Turning that off got rid of those rounded edges.

The last step was putting all the letters together. I merged all the layers together and started adding the letters together in a separate PSD file with a black background. I selected the Lighten blending mode and I was in business.

And that's all there is to it. For the price of a couple gallons of gas, you too light your fonts on fire... safely. πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Have questions? Drop me a line in the comments below.