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I am a preacher in a previous life. Ok, I still am. From time to time I get asked to step in as an interim preacher while churches look for someone full-time to fill a slot.




I hang out from time to time in a Facebook group for preachers from a Bible college I attended and their sister colleges.

There's an ongoing discussion on whether a certain high profile Christian athlete should be asked to speak at a yearly conference even that athlete is a bit different 'flavor' of Christian. (Sad that churches have different colors/flavors of Jesus to be sure.)

It occurred to me that preachers and churches are not immune to the appeal and glitter that an influence might bring to their cause.

Why is it that we think that people will respect us more if someone of a celebrity stature embraces our cause?

Influencer marketing and its nuances intrigue me on many different levels.

Do we really want to be in the position to ask somebody to tell somebody that we are somebody?

Isn't there a better way?
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Churches (formal religion) of all stripes really are little more than influencer marketing pits. It isn't about truth, or even message, it's all about the sizzle. Sad, actually.
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@Rev

You may be more right than wrong. I do want to believe their is a remnant that still exists within the church that are pure.

Elijah found them. Nehemiah found them. Where are they now?
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I have met the churches that still believe in the truth. Currently, I am attending one where the cell members are committed Christians. And I am resting from my burnt out.
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I am invited to speak to a large group of churches and missionaries to teach them best practices online.

What would you teach them?

Where would you start?
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@Rev, what about informal religion? Didn't Jim Jones lead one of those?
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@morrnel

I wouldn't necessarily call Jim Jones' outfit "informal" -- non-traditional or not mainstream, some might argue, but even there it could be said they were more "traditional" in the in the sense of how Jesus taught.

No doubt Jones was into influence marketing.
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I just sat with some boys from the church where I am preaching part time.

We talked abt marketing for their dry cleaners.

One popped up. "Marketing is just like evangelism!"

They really are similar.
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Member tienny private msg quote post Address this user
Hmm. Marketing is like evangelism?
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