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social media, salty waffle, social media faith, social media faith based organizations, social media church, foursquare, church checkinEver wonder which church service your friends are going to? Search no further with the use of Foursquare! Not to be confused with The Foursquare Church, this location-based mobile platform is not only great for checking into your favorite restaurant but is also great for church.

1) See where your friends are going. I don’t know about you, but my church currently has 4 Sunday services! In addition to worshiping, catching up with my friends each Sunday after service is really important to me. Whether you are wondering which church to go to or which services to attend at your home church, Foursquare can help. Before the service starts you can see where your friends are checking in and decide if you want to go, or wait for an evening service.

2) Become more accountable. Ever have one of those days were you sleep in till noon, missing the first two services, then get really busy in the evening and before you know it it’s 8 o’clock and all your chances to go to church are over? Public commitment motivates us to be more accountable. By getting a “check in buddy” you can lessen your chances of hectic days that cause you to miss church.

3) Fun. There are many fun features on this social media site. For example, your crowd of friends could have a contest to see who can become the church mayor first. Foursquare labels users as the mayor of a location if they check in often. Likewise, games can be created by seeing who can earn the most points and badges. For example, you can get a local badge by checking into the same place 3 times in 1 week. You can also add tips other users can see upon check-in, like ‘The blueberry scones are the bomb on Sunday morning, grab one from John at that coffee shop before service starts.’