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:
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.
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?