What is Pinterest?
Pinterest is a visual pinboard that allows you to save, organize, and share all the inspirational things you find on the web. It’s like the bookmark tool on your browser, only WAY better!
Pinterest not only allows you to effortlessly save and organize ideas you love, but it makes it easy to share them, and provides the opportunity to be inspired by looking through the items “pinned” by other people who share your interests. You’ll find everything from recipes and home décor, to fashion inspiration, craft ideas, quotes, humor, photography tips, and travel information.
What does it have to do with my ministry?
If you’ve ever “Googled” to find an idea for a snack, game, lesson, event, craft, quote, or Bible verse, then Pinterest is for you. For example, if you were trying to plan a Trunk or Treat event, you could create a board especially for that event and add ideas for food, treats, decorations, costumes, games, and more (check out Tony Kummer’s version here after you join). These ideas could be things you “pin” when you stumble across them on a blog or website, but more likely it’s inspiration you have gained browsing or searching through the “pins” of others on Pinterest.
While you will find crafts, scripture, and ideas specific to the Bible, with a little imagination and creativity it’s easy to tweak “pinspiration” to apply to your ministry. I discovered this mod paper pumpkin craft by searching Pinterest and then modified and used the project to practice looking up Bible verses, by adding a label with a different scripture reference on each strip of orange paper.
Another way I have already found Pinterest extremely helpful is for dreaming up small gifts and tokens of appreciation for my volunteers. I have an entire board dedicated to “to give” ideas, like this adorable coffee inspired thank you card.
How do I get started?
Visit www.pinterest.com and request an invitation to join. Within a few days, you will receive an email message with log in directions. Any Pinterest member can invite others, so if you just can’t wait, leave your email below and I will invite you! Pinterest has a simple format and user friendly help section, which you may want to visit first. The best way to learn about Pinterest is to just join and play with it. You can’t mess it up! If you have a question, leave it in the comments below and we’ll try to help.
Pinterest allows you to customize your profile. You can choose who to “follow” and you can select to see everything they “pin” or just pick and choose certain “boards” that interest you. I would love for you to follow me at http://pinterest.com/nicole_vander You can check out my recipe file and home décor ideas, or just to choose to follow my kids’ crafts board. You can event browse pins from Ministry-To-Children on the site. It’s all up to you!
Now get “pinning”! And be careful, it’s definitely interesting AND addicting!