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Indigitous community leader kit

Overview

Events like Indigitous #HACK or an Indigitous Classic event are more than just a thing to do over a weekend. They are onramps to convening local communities. Your community has its own unique needs and as followers of Jesus, we are called to make disciples and to meet the physical needs of the people God has put in our lives.

You have an opportunity to build an ongoing Indigitous movement, drawing likeminded people together for an opportunity to use their talents for God. This guide is intended to help you start and grow an Indigitous community in a way that helps you accomplish what God has put on your heart. No matter who you are, God has given you certain talents, experiences, desires, and influences for a reason. Our prayer is that this guide can help you start and grow an Indigitous community to help you solve the problems that God has put on your heart and do the things that God has called you to do.

Casting the vision of Indigitous

Indigitous is about using our talents for God in the digital space. Indigitous is a global community engaging with ideas and each other to advance God’s Kingdom through innovation.

INDIGENOUS + DIGITAL

The name comes from the fusion of two ideas important to us: Indigenous because it reflects our desire for locally-generated strategies that work in each generation, language, and culture. Digital because we believe digital tools, resources, platforms, and strategies can accelerate God’s mission.

OUR BELIEF

Read our Statement of Faith. Towards the fulfillment of the Great Commission, we believe we must help resource Christians and organizations everywhere to:

OFFER

Offer multiple digital opportunities to follow Jesus and become a multiplying disciple.

LEAD

Lead through planting groups, ministries, churches, or networks of Christians where none currently exist.

HELP

Help disciples and teams to find, use, create and share digital media, tools and strategies in effective ways.

COLLABORATE

Collaborate with others across God’s global kingdom.

INDIGITOUS CONNECTS YOU TO:

PEOPLE

People on a common mission

STRATEGIES

Strategies that are effective

PROJECTS

Projects on the cutting-edge of missional innovation

Next Steps

Here are the next steps that anyone who attends Indigitous #HACK can take to continue their involvement in the community. We encourage you to provide these steps to everyone who attends your #HACK location.

Meet

Set up a time to meet with at least one person who you met at #HACK. Attend an Indigitous Meetup in your area. You can even start a monthly coffee hour!

Serve

Finish your #HACK project. You have made good progress on the project, but chances are it is not complete yet. Commit to spend more time each week or each month working on this project in order to move it forward to completion.

Post

What did you learn? What was your experience like? You could post a blog or video to encourage others you know by sharing what God is doing around the globe.

Grow

Continue growing in how to use your God-given talents for the Kingdom. Attend our next Indigitous SESSIONS and sign up for our Indigitous STEPS email series.

Host

Add value to your community by hosting an Indigitous event. These events come in all shapes and sizes. You can have a small Indigitous Meetup or a Digital Day of Outreach, or if you want something at a larger scale, host an Indigitous # event, which can be either a #Learn or a #Create event.

Indigitous Meetup hosting guide

Indigitous Meetups are fun ways to meet and connect with likeminded people around how God is using you to reach the people He has put on your heart. Meetups should be fun, so be as creative as you like, but here are some elements that we’ve found to be key to Indigitous Meetups.

The purpose of Indigitous Meetups

Indigitous Meetups help you discover the people God has placed in your city who are passionate about Jesus and desire to use their talents for God in the digital space. Meetups allow them to connect with each other as they explore using their talents for God’s Kingdom.

Who is it for?

Indigitous meetups are for likeminded followers of Christ who have digital written into their story. They want to meet to dream together about what God can do in and through them. God has written digital into their story for a reason. This is about discovering why that is and how you can take advantage to bless your city.

What should happen?

Again, we encourage you to be creative, but these three key elements should be at the core of an Indigitous Meetup:

  1. Vision
  2. Story
  3. Connection

Vision: Share the vision of Indigitous. This isn’t about technology or innovation; it’s about glorifying God and making disciples. Innovation and technology are key because they help achieve the goal of making disciples. We are inspired by the prophet Habakkuk’s promise in Habakkuk 2:14, that “the world will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” We believe that digital is one of the keys to seeing that happen.  

Story: This is your chance to share an inspiring story about how God is using digital strategies. What are others doing? What have been the results and key learnings of using digital technology for the Gospel? How is God moving through members of the movement? You may choose to book a guest speaker, to ask a friend to share, or to speak yourself. For some, an interesting topic by a good speaker will be a motivating factor in deciding to attend the Meetup.

Connection: One of the most important aspects of any Meetup is ample opportunity for people to mingle, network, share ideas, and get to know each other. This social aspect of a Meetup shouldn’t be ignored, because the connections made during this time will be one of the things that spurs continued involvement. In addition to informal connection times, you may also want to break into groups to work on things, share ideas, and try to solve challenges.

Some logistics

Word of mouth, starting with those you meet at Indigitous #HACK, will be the primary way to get the word out about your Meetup. We encourage you to announce the first Meetup during #HACK. In addition, share with churches and small groups, share in WhatsApp groups, with Facebook events and Meetup.com events, and more.

When it comes to a venue for your Meetup, a business office, church, ministry office, or cafe can be a good location, as can someone’s house. It just needs to be a place where people can meet comfortably to connect and share ideas.

As you think of what God has called you to do in your city, how can Indigitous Meetups help with that? When is your next Meetup?

Indigitous # hosting guide

Indigitous # events are ideally suited to create a local Indigitous experience around a focused target. The programs are tailored to the local context in order to help communities, organizations, ministries, and individuals come together to spark conversations, connections, and collaboration about how to use digital means to make disciples.

Indigitous # events provide opportunities for like-minded digital influencers (leaders, strategists, writers, coders, designers and filmmakers etc.) to network, learn, and collaborate on projects together in a localized context.

Get the Indigitous # event hosting guide here:

https://indigitous.org/resources/indigitous-event-hosting-guide/

Social Media Guidelines

As a global community engaging with ideas and each other to advance God’s kingdom through innovation, Indigitous wants to leverage every relational opportunity possible to help people use their talents for God in the digital space. Social media is a platform that, when used effectively, can open the door to such opportunities.

 As members of the Indigitous movement, we hope you engage and participate in social media, and use it strategically to extend your influence. These guidelines are to be followed when posting as Indigitous online and can serve as a “best practice” for individual social media use.

Should I create a new social media account?

When possible, it is always preferred to post from global Indigitous social media accounts that already exist rather than creating a new one for your local community. Posting from the global accounts gives you access to a larger audience and allows the global Indigitous community to see what is happening in your part of the world. It also eases the burden of maintaining a social media account on your own, since you wouldn’t be the only one posting. When necessary, posts can be targeted by language, location, and other demographics. Ask Simon Seow or Jeremy Lukens how to access these accounts.

However, sometimes it is not ideal to post from a global social media account and instead you want your own. In that case, please refer to the formatting guidelines below.

Formatting Guidelines

If you create a new social media account for your local Indigitous community, please follow these formatting guidelines.

  1. Use the proper Indigitous brandmark. In the Style Guide (below), you will see more than one version of the Indigitous brandmark. For social media, it is preferred to use the Reversed layout (white writing on red background), with the logo centered above the text. Do not modify the brandmark by adding anything to it, such as the name of your city.
  2. Use the same naming convention. To avoid confusion, it is best for all local Indigitous accounts to follow the same naming convention, that of “Indigitous City Name.” For example, Indigitous Lagos is correct but Indigitous Nigeria or Lagos Indigitous would not be.
  3. Adhere to the Indigitous Style Guide. You can view and download the Indigitous Style Guide here. This document includes the correct fonts, colors, brandmarks, and more.

Content Guidelines

Whenever you post content on social media or respond to messages or comments, you are acting on behalf of Indigitous. For that reason, everything you post should meet the below guidelines.

  1. Represent Jesus well. You are a representative of Jesus Christ above all things, and of Indigitous. You must use caution and good judgment when posting to social media.

Audiences online often are unable to distinguish between an individual and the organization they represent, which means you must choose your words wisely. When posting as Indigitous or a representative of Indigitous you want to ensure that you are creating the type of interaction that draws people closer to Christ. For all social media a few good questions to ask when posting are, “Would I be willing to stand behind this post forever?” and “Does this post show our users that we are a caring community passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies?”

  1.     Refrain from objectionable or inflammatory posts. Do not post anything that is false, misleading, obscene, defamatory, profane, discriminatory, libelous, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, or embarrassing to another person or entity.

Make sure third-party websites and blogs that you link to also meet Indigitous’s standards. Be aware of false or defamatory statements or the publication of an individual’s private details that could result in legal liability to Indigitous or you.

  1.     Respect copyrights. You must recognize others’ intellectual property rights, including copyrights. While certain limited use of third-party materials (such as a short quote) may not require approval from the copyright owner, it is still advisable to get the owner’s permission whenever you use third-party materials. Never use more than a short excerpt from someone’s work, and make sure to credit or link to the original source. Material with copyrights could include text, images or videos. For example, using an image found through an online search without permission may open yourself or Indigitous up to copyright infringement.
  2.     Use content responsibly. Remember that you may be viewed as endorsing any website, content, or video you link to. Also, recognize content like videos are an area to be particularly sensitive to others’ copyright rights. You generally cannot include third-party content such as film clips or songs without permission.
  3.     Use your best judgment. Online, you may be met with audiences that do not agree with your opinions, or by people seeking an opinion on a controversial issue from a member of the Indigitous movement. “No comment” is a wise default position; when in doubt start there. Remember, what you write will last far longer than if you do not comment, so be slow to speak and avoid responding with emotion. Refrain from engaging in arguments online, always try to move conversations from social media to face-to-face. When face-to-face is not possible, attempt to move difficult conversations to private messages, so as not to open up a forum for frustration publicly.

While representing Indigitous through social media, letting someone goad you into argument could create problems for the rest of the indigitous community in ways we can’t anticipate.

How to respond to someone who is trolling:

“Thank you so much for your interest in Indigitous. The issue you bring up is quite complex and I am not qualified to speak on behalf of this community as a whole. Thanks and have a beautiful day!”

Then end the conversation. If they keep harassing or posting repeatedly, it’s okay to not respond, and depending on the content of their posts, please use the platform’s provided “Block” and/or “Report User” features to cut them off. Given the nature of Christianity, it is safe to expect these sorts of encounters and to be prepared for them.

When in doubt, direct people to the appropriate resources and experts. If you are uncertain on how to respond, ask for guidance from Simon Seow or Jeremy Lukens.

Additional resources

Blog posts

Here are some examples of blog posts that people have shared showing what an Indigitous community looks like in their context:

A digital marketer’s journey to ministry” by Jenny Jimenez

Missions X tech: Why not?” by Jonah Jala

Branding

It is important for Indigitous branding to be consistent. Every Indigitous community using the same font, colors, brandmark, and more, makes it easier to build trust so people can tell that you are really a part of Indigitous. You can view and download the Indigitous Style Guide here.



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