An Experiment, The Results and The Application

On February 6, 2010 I began a social networking experiment (read and view blog by clicking) to see how influential I could be by using social media (Facebook and Twitter) to increase traffic and views to a video of Ryan Smith talking about the Missional Ministry Conference. (MMC)

The Background

Ryan did a promo video for the MMC and when I first viewed the video, it had about 31 recorded views. There was a similar promo video with JD Grear and Alvin Reid that had around 80 views. So the score was Ryan 30ish and Grear and Reid, 80ish. It was a blowout. Ryan was taking a beating.

The Results

I began a crusade to catapult Ryan to the top of the MMC promo video views. I began linking his video in tweets and on facebook. I wrote a blog. I posted his video on the Baptist Messenger Insight Blog. As I did, Ryan’s video was viewed more and more. As it stands today, Ryan’s video has 229 views and Grear and Reid have 129 views.

I just wanted to see and show that a consistent social networking presence pays off in some way. Intentional and consistent behavior is hard to ignore and will eventually produce results. This is true of all of life. What are you being intentional and consistent about? What are you disciplining yourself to do for God’s glory? We will be consistent in something because we are creatures of habit – some good and some bad. We must be intentional about consistently influencing others for Jesus in word and action.


What if everyday you read your Bible at the place you buy your coffee before you go to work? What if everyday you posted something on Facebook about how God is transforming you through His word? What if everyday you asked the people you worked with how they were doing, but really wanted to know. What if everyday you prayed to share the gospel with someone? What if everyday you made a habit of setting aside a time to read the Bible with your family?

Wouldn’t everyday activities say something about what you value? Wouldn’t everyday efforts provide inevitable opportunities to have conversations that turned toward Jesus and the hope you have?

Do your own experiment and start one thing that you normally don’t do, and do it intentionally and consistently.


About brentprentice

Brent is the lead pastor and one of the Elders at Eagle Heights in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has been married to Lacey for 14 years and together they love two sons, Luke and Elijah, and a daughter, Bella.

Posted on March 22, 2010, in Eagle Heights. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Granted, Grear and Reid had a 1-2 week head start. Of course this was all YOU’RE doing. I’m sure no one just watched the video to see my bright shining face! 🙂

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