Why I Use Social Media

If you ask me about my job in CCC, I would tell you my main assignment is to love and encourage our staff.

  • I love it when I can do this person to person:
  • I visit staff all over the world.
  • I listen to individuals and to groups.
  • I speak at conferences and leadership meetings.

But obviously I can connect with only a small percentage of our staff face to face.

Since writing is my background, it’s not surprising we began The Women’s Resource newsletter quite a few years ago.  Every quarter we provide stories from our sisters on ministry, family and personal topics, along with my letter and leadership development help from Andrea Buczynski.

The next effort has been through a website—Global Staff Women.  Our purpose in GSW is to encourage, equip and connect staff women around the world.  A very active Prayer Center, an interactive Message Board, a blog with contributions from many of you, articles from The Women’s Resource:  and now in a beautiful and friendly new format.  I hope you come visit.

And then I discovered Social Media.  Sometimes I think God invented Facebook so I could connect more with our staff.  I love that I have friends all over the world—and when I arrive in an area somewhere in the world, my friends always come introduce themselves.  I am amazed at how much I know about these friends.

I resisted Twitter for a long time, but finally gave in.  I have been surprised that you can make friends via Twitter.  I am loving these different interactions with different people, including many staff around the world.

The question I get:  How do you have time to do all this?  I really don’t spend a lot of time with social media.  A few minutes 2-3 times a day enable me to make quick comments,  check a “like,” retweet a post or comment.

I am totally not a techie.  I have no idea how all this works.  I am dependent on my tech friends to keep things working.  But I am so grateful for the ability to love and encourage staff around the world—from my living room, my office, any airport I’m in.

Will you be my friend?

Judy SOS- 2012-red shirt-compressed

About the author

Judy Douglass is genuine and passionate about encouraging God’s children—especially His daughters—to become all they were created to be and accomplish all they were created to do.

In her forty-plus years with Campus Crusade for Christ, this U of Texas journalism graduate does this through writing and speaking worldwide and in leading alongside her husband, Steve Douglass, president of Campus Crusade. Judy is a founding board member of Synergy Women’s Network.

Follow Judy on Facebook, Twitter, and on her blog, Kindling, on JudyDouglass.com.

7 thoughts on “Why I Use Social Media

  1. If you’re at CSU for our Staff Training, stop by the bloggers lounge in the upper floor of Durell on July 25th at 4 PM to:
    Share how you do evangelism and discipleship on social media.
    Learn from others who use Facebook and Twitter for ministry.

    This is an informal “coffeehouse” kind of meeting. Just come and connect with others who are doing this kind of ministry or who want to learn how.

    More info at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136032099813228


  2. It also works the other way around. I won’t be at CSU but I’m sure I will feel like I’ve been there by Judy’s and other staff’s Twitter and FB updates… 🙂


    1. That’s a good insight, Mark!

      We’re having a break-out to talk about social media as ministry on July 25th. I’ll encourage everyone to Tweet and post about what we discuss. I’ll certainly post about our time together. Wish you could join us, but like you say, you can participate. Do you have a good idea for a hashtag?


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