Meet another member of South Florida's many-sided faith community. This week we're talking with Yamile Alinur, online community manager at Church by the Glades, Coral Springs.
Q: What does your job involve?
A: I'm responsible for managing our Facebook and Twitter. We're also launching Pineterest and Instagram. I create and manage the content, what comes in and what goes out.
Q: Sounds like your job could get very tech. How do you keep it fresh?
A: The church has a great online community. People are always posting stuff. It makes the job fresh.
Q: What's the advantage of an online ministry?
A: Something cool that I've experienced, going to school, is that you can expand beyond your local area. I have a friend whose parents are in Alabama. She moved here and comes to church. Her family watches from Alabama.
A lot of people think it's cool that they can still come to church from vacation. And a lot of people my age think it's cool that they stay connected with their church during the week.
Q: Is there a danger of online stuff substituting for the personal stuff?
A: That's a tough question. Summer [Boone, media minister for the church] and I keep people connected, but we still want them to have their butts in the seats, as we like to say.
Q: Would you want to continue in some form of online ministry?
A: I'd say yes, working for a church. I'm enjoying it so far. What's cool is that you can be an online community manager for all types of corporations – a church or something like Starbucks. They have more than 2 million followers on Twitter.
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More about Alinur
Other job experience: Former receptionist at the church, parttime worker, bath supplies store.
Education: Associate degree in liberal arts, Broward College; entering junior year in telecommunications, University of Florida.
Personal: Age 22. Born in Miami.