Jesus and Justice

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See examples from students like you

Take a look at how these four people used intrigue and honesty to engage skeptics and seekers. Then pick the one you like the most and riff off of it. 

Basic Examples

Seth

Seth begins with a song embedded in the first story. Check out his honest question in the second story. By revealing the honest truth about himself, seekers become more open themselves.

35 of Seth's friends voted on his 3rd story, 9 of them are non-Christians. He then had fruitful DM (Direct Message) conversations with most of them. You can learn how to do that in our "Follow-Up Connector" badge.

Maggie

Maggie likes creating art, and the first story is something she made. What do you like about how she created her "conversation arc" toward Jesus?

 

Advanced Examples

These next two examples are for those of you who are already comfortable talking about racism in our country.

Emma

Emma is a Korean-American woman who is connecting perfectionism and white supremacy. Aren't story 3 and story 4 amazing?!

Angelo

Angelo has been reading about Black Jesus...Black Jesus is a big deal in some communities today. Story 3 is a provocative question and graphic. What do you think?

These are four different "conversation arcs." In other words, we are offering you four different ways to point to Jesus and help skeptics and seekers grow in their spiritual interest. Which do you like the most? 

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Download the Graphics

Use the graphics in the art kit and begin matching images to your story.  (This link will download a ZIP file. On you desktop, right click the file and select the "extract" option. On mobile, click the downloaded file and press "extract"). 

Download the Art

 

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Create your Stories

Time to take a risk. Follow these four steps to create your own Insta-Proxe story and invite your friends to a spiritual conversation

Story 1: Share Personally

The first story should be intriguing. The goal is to woo people to click through the rest of your stories.

*Save on your phone until all of your stories are ready to post.

Story 2: Ask a Vulnerable Question

The second story is very honest. The goal is to reveal something surprisingly true about yourself. Give an example of a vulnerable question you have for God about racial injustice.

Optional: Create a poll.

Story 3: Bring Jesus into the Picture

The goal of this story is show how Jesus engages with injustice in a disarming and relevant way. In one sentence, how has Jesus helped you face racial injustice? (See our bi-lingual article to avoid Christianese.)

See what other people said:

Story 4: Invite Others to a Connection Event

Some people are ready to sign up for a community that cares about race, justice and right now, and others have questions. Please follow up with both. Show an attractive image of community and give your viewers the option to either hear more about it or sign up right there. Somewhere on the 4th panel add text that says, “Link in bio: @intervarsityusa.”

 

No one likes being lonely

Your friends just voted to hear more about InterVarsity, or they signed up to check us out. Reach out to people on DM and express appreciation for their participation with your Story. Then share this 3-sentence explanation of InterVarsity and the link to a contact card so your friends can sign up to get involved:

“InterVarsity is an honest community of skeptics, seekers, and followers of Jesus on college campuses. We want to have fun together, grow together, exploring how Jesus brings justice to our world, and asking our important spiritual questions. To learn more check out, https://intervarsity.org/signup and sign up to learn more about an InterVarsity chapter near you.”

Extra Help

Instagram FAQ

How do I create an Instagram Story Panel?

*Stories can only be posted using the Instagram app.

  1. Download the art to your phone.
  2. Open the app (on your phone only) and tap your profile picture (top left) to begin a story.
  3. Choose one of our graphics from your photo library (bottom left).
  4. Click the sticker icon (top right) to add a poll option, music, and text on top of the image.
  5. Once your story is complete, save it to your phone to post later.
  6. Once all four stories are completed, post them one after another.

How do you insert a song into your story? Video? Picture?

 

  • Song:

    1. Click the sticker icon on the top right, third from the right.
    2. Find the “Music” sticker.
    3. Search for your song.
    4. Find the right segment of the song you would like to play.
    5. Click Done.
    6. Drag it to the location you would like.
  • Photo:

    1. Click the sticker icon on the top right, third from the right.
    2. Find the Circle icon, just after the camera.
    3. Pick your photo and reposition it.
  • Text:

    1. Tap a part of your story that does not have song lyrics or a photo.
    2. Type in your question or thought.
    3. Tap “Done” on the top right.
    4. Drag and reposition the text.
  • Video:

    There is not a simple way to add a video to your story unless you are recording it.

 

Can you create panels in a story, or four separate stories? Do you need to post the Insta-Proxe panels back-to-back in rapid succession?

You cannot create 4-panels in one story in Instagram. Instead, create 4 separate stories, one for each panel of the Insta-Proxe. When you are done creating a panel, save it to your phone to post later. Once all four stories are created, you are ready to post them. Post them quickly, one after another.

How do you save a created story to your phone?

After creating the story, save it by pressing the download button (arrow with an underline) at the top of your screen, near the center. It is the icon fifth from the left.

Is it appropriate to tag people in your story?

Think about it like a proxe on the quad. There are some folks you have good relationships with and have had conversations about faith that you would personally invite to visit you. Feel free to DM the story to those people, but try to avoid tagging individuals. You can tag your chapter account, but avoid tagging individuals in your story.




Congrats!

To claim the Rep badge, post your Insta-Proxe online. You should now be able to:
- Discern and share God’s work in your life today
- Post intriguing Instagram Stories to start spiritual conversations online

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