Glide: An App to Get Excited About
Have you ever wondered why you never see someone fishing in a desert? Of course not! No one in their right mind would fish in a desert! If you want to catch fish, you have to go to the water. In much the same way, if we are going to reach people, we need to go where they are. Today, people in the developed world are on social media, but which one?
In today’s quickly evolving social media landscape, it feels impossible to keep up with the latest advances. Everyone knows Facebook, but then, by the time you figure out Twitter, no one is using it. Then you hear about Google+, Tumblr, and Instagram. All of these social media outlets have their pros and cons and are not all equally beneficial for ministry. Today, however, I want to share one with you that I truly believe is worth getting excited about: Glide.
If we are going to reach people, we need to go where they are.
Glide, is an app (for Android and iOS) that allows you to send video text messages up to 5 minutes long. Glide has become immensely popular in the Deaf community. For their part, Glide has embraced this role, even going as far as reaching out to the Deaf community to decide their sign name!
This popularity within the Deaf community is one thing that makes Glide such a powerful tool for us. When I first joined Glide, I was surprised how many people connected with my Deaf Ministry were already on Glide. I love being able to contact people without texting (which can easily lead to misunderstandings) or through a an interpreter on the video phone (which simply isn’t direct enough for me).
Direct and easy communication is the obvious use of Glide. It offers an easy way to contact Deaf people without a video phone and without them needing to answer right away. However, the app offers another feature that lends itself to even more possibilities (and that I am very excited about), group messages! Group messages are exactly what they sound like. You make a group and everyone can participate! How can you use this for the Gospel? Here are some ideas!
Verse of the day. This is how I am currently using Glide. Every day, around lunch time, I send a Bible verse to everyone in the group. I have had an amazing response to this way of helping people learn God’s Word.
Bible study. This is like the verse of the day idea, but involves more in depth study. I’m considering doing longer, less frequent studies alongside my verse of the day. The nice thing is that people can message back with questions and we can begin a discussion on the mini-devotionals.
Discipleship. I am a big fan of one-on-one, in-person discipleship. However it is not always practical to meet one-on-one. Even if you can meet with people, you can use Glide to augment the discipleship that you are already doing and have more time to influence others.
Announcements. I also see huge potential for Glide to keep people in the loop with what’s going on in your ministry. The idea is the same, simply make a group and use it to regularly communicate what is happening.
If you’re interested in using Glide, check out their website for more info. You can download it for free on Android and iOS in Google Play or the App Store respectively. I believe Glide will be here to stay, and I am so excited about how we can use it to further the Gospel!
What ways can you see using Glide in Deaf Ministry?