InviteToPray | Prayer Request Made Social. We are so excited to release our newest app.  InviteToPray is an interactive prayer journal within your all ready existing social circle. We’ve fully  integrated with Facebook- the most popular social network on the planet!  With InviteToPray you choose how public or how private you wish your prayers to be.  No worries, although we integrate with facebook for quickly notifying users and friends, we decided that your  privacy is far too important to allow Facebook access.  All security is handled in-house! Learn more!  or Add The...

How GetSocialChurch Began – “Is This It?” Part Two

Reflecting back, there are few times in my life that I had such clarity… the day I asked my wife to marry me and the day I was called into this ministry. My wife and I are soon to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. Thankfully, we have had many more wonderful years than bad ones. What I have learned through it is that in everything that we do, we have seasons. Not like the weather, but in life. Joy, exuberance, grief, disappointment and hope, along with many others, follow us in all walks of our lives. The same can be said for our ministry. At GetSocialChurch, we have faced all sorts of trials but have also had many joys creating what God birthed in our spirits. I think it is exciting how God teaches us in steps. He never gives us more than we can handle. Honestly, I can tell you we wanted to be finished with this journey months and months ago yet He has taken His time. You see, everything happens in God’s timing. We wanted to to reach one million people, He wants 50 million plus. We wanted to make something simple and get our product out, He wanted us to build it to His specifications to be used for His Glory. We wanted to listen to all the greatest marketers, “if you are not embarrassed about your product after you launch, you launched too late”, He wanted to show us that He is the #1 marketing coach on the planet. Understand this, we could take credit for traditional marketing methods but God wanted us to...

The Power of an Invite

I recently found a really cool video produced by Sagebrush Community Church which demonstrates the The Power of an Invite. As you know, this is one of our passions. That is the power of an invite! In Mark 4:8, the Parable of the Sower, Jesus describes good seed. “But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” Imagine the possibilities that can take place by inviting someone to Church when God uses it for His Glory! I’m sure ready to reach people for Christ by 30, 60, and 100 Fold! With InviteToChurch, we help you make this a reality.  If you have signed up for our beta testing period, thank you! If you want to sign up, please do so here: InviteToChurch– Church Growth System.   Special Thanks To Sagebrush Community Church! Sagebrush Community Fanpage Sagebrush Community Homepage Note: They have an incredible example of a Facebook Fanpage that other churches should model as well. Check them out and “like” their...

How GetSocialChurch Began – “Is This It?”

This past year has been a blur.  When God began revealing what he wanted us to build, it seemed like a simple enough task.  Boy was I mistaken!   Tom and I have each been into many forms of marketing and advertising, both online and offline.  We were developing systems to help businesses reach a broader market and were extremely good at it. That was before we knew that God had other plans for us.   One morning while at my local coffee shop I found myself praying while pretending to “work.”  I was bored out of my mind actually… doing the same repetitive processes, web design, business consulting, keeping up with the latest search engine trends, and my favorite…Geo-data marketing that I did everyday that I was not flying airplanes.   See, that even put you to sleep!   I was reflecting on my life that morning and asked God, “Is this it?”  Now, I am sure many of you have asked that question yourself.  I wanted something more, something bigger than who I am.  I knew what Tyler was capable of, but what if I let God use me for His purpose in a way that I had never done…   I met Tom Osypian through a web forum about offline marketing.  It later became a Skype group (affectionately known as the Wolf Pack) which meets daily to discuss new ideas, technologies, and provides a place where we talk openly about how to best serve our clients.  Tom and I had worked together on a number of projects and our personalities seemed to really compliment each other.  I...

Our Beta Program Launches Soon… Is Your Church Ready?

We Are Honored We are honored by so many people who have decided to become beta users of our church growth system- InviteToChurch.  We are thrilled to announce that church leaders from around the globe have signed up.  Even more impressive is what is coming in the first addition.  Our software engineers have really blown us away with their abilities, so we decided to push the envelope on our first release. We are pleased that you see the value in using Facebook as a way to reach your community.  It may seem a little overwhelming at first, but  by maximizing your Church Facebook page, you can  create a wonderful experience for both your members and your community.  Lets take a looks at the benefits of a fanpage:   Fanpage Benefits Facebook can be visible on the internet to non-Facebook members (although only Facebook members can interact with them) Fanpages can be highly customized Fanpages can the same look and feel as your church website Facebook fanpages enhance the first time visitor experience allowing you to put your best foot forward. With fanpages you have the ability to add applications such as InviteToPray, InviteToChurch, and custom landing pages as well as many others Facebooks also gives you insight and statistics into people who interact with your fanpage   As you can see, Fanpages are great tools and we only listed a few of their benefits.   Potential Problems With Your Church Facebook Page While reviewing each beta application, we noticed a number of  applicants have one of two common Facebook setup problems.   1.  Your Church was setup as an individual 2.  Your Church page was setup...

Why You Should Not Setup Your Church As A Group

If you made it to this step, you have narrowed your potential problems to only one.   Is your Church page setup as a religious organization / business page or as a group/ community page?   Group/ Community Pages             Group Page Example:   Community Page Example:   If your Church page was set up as a group or community page, all is not lost!  A couple things about group pages:   Group/Community Page Cons Groups are only visible to Facebook members Groups cannot have extra applications added to them You generally have to visit a group regularly and to use the messaging feature to keep discussions flowing After a certain undisclosed number of members, Facebook reserves the right to take away your admin rights   We recommend that instead of a group page you create a religious organization fanpage:   You can fix this error in a few short steps and 2 minutes of your time:   Get Started Login to your personal Facebook account Click:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php Choose: “Organization.” Select: “Church/religious” Add church name Check the box agreeding to their terms Click: “Get Started”   Congratulations!  You have now correctly setup your church Fanpage!                Correct Fanpage Setup:   You can add your church staff or anyone else you trust as an admin for your church page.  Begin using this page as your primary account. We recommend that whatever you post, post on this page as well as your original account for couple weeks in order to populate the new account and also, educate your fans(members) to ‘like” your new page. You have now completed your...

Why You Should Not Setup Your Church As An Individual In Facebook

Small Problem With Your Church Account   You have a small but not fatal error with your Church Facebook account.  You have set up your church Facebook account as an individual and not as an organization.  As such,  your church can not take advantage of many benefits within Facebook, i.e.:   You Are Losing These Features: Visibility on the internet to non-Facebook members Ability to add applications Access to page visitor statistics to allow you see how many visit your page   Fear Not!  You can fix this error in a few short steps and 2 minutes of your time: The Two Minute Cure Login to your personal Facebook account Click:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php Choose: “Organization.” Select: “Church/religious” Add your church name Check the box to agree to their terms. Click: “Get started”   Congratulations! You have now correctly setup your church Fanpage!                Correct Fanpage Setup:   You can add your church staff or anyone else you trust as an admin for your church page.  Begin using this page as your primary account. We recommend that whatever you post, post on this page as well as your original account for couple weeks in order to populate the new account and also, educate your fans(members) to ‘like” your new page. You have now completed your task to prepare for the InviteToChurch app. Look for more tips soon on how to tweak your Facebook fanpage for maximum visibility....

How Get Social Church Came About

The last few months have been a whirlwind for us here at Get Social Church! We have wanted to start a blog for the last several months to keep you up to date on what we’ve been up to and where we are going.  Amidst the brainstorming, wire-framing, UI development,  and late night coding, we decided to just do it and get something out there. So here’s our first post in a series to bring you up to speed on where we are. If you read anything about us, you probably read that Get Social Church was started by two Christian guys passionate about seeing the church reach more people for Christ: Tyler Pettis and myself, Tom Osypian. In the summer of 2010, Tyler and I were collaborating on a marketing project together and we got to talking about the massive numbers of people flocking to Facebook… 500 million people at the time. And we asked ourselves, “What is the church doing about using Facebook to reach people?” For the most part, we could see that the church wasn’t doing that good of a job. Most churches don’t have a Facebook Page. Some churches have a Facebook Group setup (we’ll go into why this isn’t a good idea in another post), and churches that do have a Facebook Page did not have them setup properly (this is another topic we’ll address in the future). After feeling a bit let down by what we saw, we started to ask ourselves “How we can help churches leverage Facebook to reach more people for the Gospel?” That question led to some powerful...