Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Cloud is Here

The Covenant staff has been reading Zombies, Football, and the Gospel by Reggie Joiner. It's about 10 "game changers" for today's church leaders--ten things about the world that are completely different from what we may have grown up with or been trained for.  Interesting book. Very challenging.

Yesterday we read and discussed the chapter called, "The Cloud is Here." It's all about social media -- Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram...

A few tidbits:

People no longer live online. Online now lives with people.
You can no longer assume that conventional ways to communicate and nurture relationships work.  People expect you to speak their language, and social media is the new universal language. 
It's becoming increasingly important for leaders who care about people to jump in and become social media competent. 
When Jesus told his followers to "go and make disciples of all nations," they were limited by their own two feet. Now we literally have the world at our fingertips. 

I admit I'm a latecomer to social media. My biggest issue has been time. I barely have time to keep up with email and voice mail. I don't need more outlets to not keep up with!  I only started blogging at other people's insistence, and if you look back through the archives, you'll see how poorly I've kept up with that. I've been afraid to get into the world of Facebook for fear that I would tick people off by not keeping up with them.

But if I'm going to be pastor of a church that seeks to reach New Generations then I've got to learn to speak this language.

So I opened a Twitter account yesterday, and if you look to the right you'll see my first tweet. Twitter doesn't look quite so daunting--hopefully I can fire off 140 characters worth of something interesting every once in a while.

Facebook still has me spooked, but I ventured there yesterday also. I signed up--that's about as far as I've gotten so far. But spurred on by Reggie Joiner and his co-authors, I'm going to give it a shot.

And we'll see how it goes...

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