Indianapolis church creates hashtag to inspire acts of kindness

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A new hashtag is spreading throughout social media in the Circle City.

The summer started with the Hidden Cash Indy campaign, which inspired people to pay it forward. Now, a small Indianapolis church is using #FORINDY to keep the positivity going.

“The whole idea was conceived from our desire to be a church that is not known for what they’re against, but what we’re for,” Resonate Church Pastor Davey Blackburn said.

He started the church with Worship Pastor Derek Barrett in 2012. The hashtag was an idea they just made public this month.

“We kinda from the beginning, this very-well could take off and people could very-well jump on board. It’s been exciting to see people do that,” Barrett said.

Leaders from Resonate Church say #FORINDY is a brewing social media storm.

“We would do an act of kindness and pass out a card and all it said was #FORINDY,” Blackburn said.

His hope is people will see the hashtag and take to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

“Anybody can do it. Anybody can do a random act of kindness. It can cost money, it doesn’t have to cost money. It can be completely free, just a nice gesture for somebody to tell them hey we’re for you,” Blackburn said.

Resonate Church member writing #FORINDY (Photo by Resonate Church, Davey Blackburn)
Resonate Church member writing #FORINDY (Photo by Resonate Church, Davey Blackburn)

Church members were out on the streets chalking the hashtag Friday. They said they’re overwhelmed by the response.

“It’s been in a matter of a couple days, so we haven’t even had a service since this all started,” Blackburn said.

Meaning Sunday will be a celebration, as this small congregation continues to spread a meaningful message.

“We do have a small group of people right now, but we believe a small group of people with a massive vision can make a massive difference,” Barrett said.

“Our hope is that people will understand and we can communicate as a group of people, that we’re for you because Jesus is for you,” Blackburn said.

Church leaders say #FORINDY is for anyone to use on social media or on sidewalks. If you do pick up a piece of chalk and hope to spread the message, they do want to remind people to make sure it’s public property.

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