Posted by Stan Rodda
The year was 1492. Christopher Columbus was preparing to set sail to open new trade routes and share Jesus with the new world. On August 3rd, 1492, headed westward landing at the Bahama island of Guanahani on October 12th. For those of you keeping track, it took him more than two months to make the trip.
In other words, our world is much smaller than it used to be. The internet has brought the entire world right into our living rooms and computer screens. In a split second I can be
connected to someone across the ocean and talk world economics with them if I wanted to. Online social networking sites have done nothing to slow that down. If anything, social networking has only served to speed our world up and shrink it down some more.
I share my thoughts on a blog.
Post pictures on flickr or photobucket.
I friends on facebook.
And in 140 characters, I can tell you exactly what I’m doing, right now, on twitter.
It seems that social networking has capitalized on an idea that the church has also been trying to capitalize on; connection. Social media allows us to connect with people all over the world and right in our back yard. We can talk, chat or have a video conversation with them instantly. We get updates on their family pictures. We read about their lives. We make more connections with more people today than at any other time in history (no statistics, just my opinion from observation).
Our church has a facebook and twitter page that we use to keep people who follow or befriend us up-to-date on what we’re doing. But I wonder if the church is doing all it can to
capitalize on this social phenomenon. How is the church really using social networking sites to make an impact in the world for Jesus Christ? How is your church or ministry using social networking to advance the Gospel of Jesus? What are some creative ways the church can use these sites more effectively to reach the culture? I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and hopefully some of your ideas.
For bonus points- push further than current social networking sites have. Tell me what you see in the future for social networking. Is there an end in sight? Will the fad come to an end and the church will find itself back at square one? Can the church push the envelope further and possibly lead the way in some form of social networking?