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Internet Ministry

PREAMBLE

In line with one of the visions of the President to break new mission frontiers through the use of various aspects of the Internet, a new unit, the Internet Ministry unit, has just been created with a ministerial officer that will anchor its activities.

VISION AND MISSION STATEMENTS

Slogan:  NBC Internet Ministry Division: Breaking New Frontiers through the Internet

Mission Statement: The unit exists to

    1. Minister to the Nigerian Baptist family in particular and the whole world in general with the word of God and the activities of the Nigerian Baptist Convention through various aspects of the Internet by liaising with other departments, divisions and units of the Convention.
    2. Create the awareness and start vigorous promotion on the advantages of using the Internet to disseminate information in Christian ministry.
    3. Facilitate the use of the Internet among the younger generation in the church through chat groups, online social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and the likes.

Vision Statement: To utilize the various aspects of the Internet in ministering to the Nigerian Baptist family in particular and the whole world in general with the word of God and the activities of the Nigerian Baptist Convention; to promote the advantages of using the Internet to disseminate information in Christian ministry; to train ministers on the need to encourage the use of the Internet as a means to reach the world; and to facilitate the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to reach the younger generation in the church through chat groups, online social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and the likes.

OPERATIONS

The unit is doing amongst other things these things:

    1. Liaising with the Convention Webmaster in provision of a functional, frequently updated, spiritually enriched and interactive website for the Convention.
    2. Posting of relevant information in and managing other features of the Internet like Facebook, Twitter, yahoo groups and the likes.
    3. Sending of birthday greetings to friends of the Convention on Facebook pages.
    4. Sending of birthday greetings to Baptist Building staff and possibly Convention pastors that are in the Convention database.
    5. Sending of monthly prayer messages and SMS on Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo groups and to Baptist Building staff and possibly Convention pastors that are in the Convention database.
    6. Liaising with the office of the President in getting written messages and/or other Baptist ministers as approved by the President to be posted on the Convention website on weekly or regular basis.
    7. Coordinating the broadcasting of programmes like sermon, songs, interviews, talks, documentaries, adverts, jingles, and the likes on the Convention Internet Radio.
    8. Liaising with the office of the President, the Media Unit and ICT Unit in recording live messages of the President and other key officers of the Convention for webcasting on the Convention website periodically.
    9. Liaising with the Director of Publications in promoting the Convention literature materials on the Convention website.
    10. Liaising with the Editor of The Nigerian Baptist in promoting the magazine’s monthly editions and posting extract of the editions on the Convention website.
    11. Liaising with the Director of Christian Education  and the Coordinators in the department in promoting the programmes of activities of the department.
    12. Liaising with the Coordinators of Student Ministries and Youth Ministries in promoting the programmes of activities of the department.
    13. Liaising with the Coordinator of the Discipleship and Spiritual Formation Division in ministering to people online through counselling and praying online and offline.
    14. Creating an Internet group and/or online social network (like Facebook) forums where people especially students that have interest will be receiving the daily devotionals by email.
    15. Encouraging and helping the officers of the Convention to have mailing and SMS lists of people they are working with so that information will be easily passed across to them through the Internet by email and/or web-based SMS.
    16. Encouraging and helping the Youth and Student Ministries to have mailing lists and, if possible, separate websites and online social network (like Facebook) forums where they will be meeting the peculiar needs of youth and students online.
    17. Liaising with the office of the President on how the General Secretary can be having interactive sessions with the Nigerian Baptist family and others on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
    18. Regulating/Moderating trends of friends/followers of the Convention and their comments/contributions on Facebook, Twitter and other Internet forums created for the Convention.
    19. Creating awareness on and promoting the advantages of using the Internet to disseminate information in Christian ministry.
    20. Organizing and leading seminars and workshops on how to utilize the Internet to disseminate information in Christian ministry.
    21. Liaising with the Director of Publications in making use of the pastors’ database in many ways to reach the pastors on the Internet.
    22. Creating online database for pastors and officers of the Convention.

For more details, observations and suggestions, contact:

Rev. Bayo Afolaranmi

Internet Ministry Officer,

Nigerian Baptist Convention

+234 819 052 4227, +234 805 515 9591

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