Ministry in a Virtual World #3 (Social Networking)

Uses for the Internet are evolving rapidly. It is hard to imagine that Facebook was launched on February 4, 2004 and that just two years later Twitter was launched. Social media, as we know it, is relatively new. Yet the majority of western society has embraced it as the new norm. The younger generation have not known anything different. So, how does the church, followers of Jesus, minister through social media?

The interesting thing about social media is that it is very organic in nature. Social networking comes naturally for people and does not feel artificially forced or contrived. People like to interact with people; even in a completely artificial environment. It is, therefore, important for those ministering online to be real.

Sometimes anonymity brings out the worst in people. The way people relate online can provide a Mr. Hyde to their offline Dr. Jekyll. For believers it presents challenges. There is a need to reflect Christ in our communication; whether we are online or offline. Indeed, we are to be Christ’s ambassadors wherever we roam.

A positive Christian witness is a necessity for anyone ministering online. Also, believers need to be intentional about sharing their faith. The churches have looked at being sent into the harvest fields in traditional terms. Isn’t it time to reassess and go to where the harvest is now and share the good news?

Key Idea: “Go and Tell”

Social Media consists of numerous forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos)

“These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Luke 10:2 NLT http://bible.com/116/luk.10.2.nlt

What are some advantages of communicating through social media?
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