Social Media in the Church

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately…scary, I know.  One of the things I’ve been thinking about is: What practical uses does social medial, mainly Twitter and Foursquare, have for the church today?

I’ve found that Facebook is a great way to connect to people in the church and inform them of things going on in the church.

But what would a “Tweeting Church” look like?  Is this even possible?

Please feel free to share your thoughts.

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8 thoughts on “Social Media in the Church

    • There is definitely a balance to be had here.

      I just keep thinking back to the last conference I was at where tweets were flying around during the different presentation and it was all relevant to the presentation at hand…whether it was quotes or comments dealing with the presentation. People were listening as they were Tweeting.

      • I think that that is a great way to use Social Media, but when it comes to tweeting communion, worship, etc… not so much

      • I agree with not tweeting during communion, but what if something said in a sermon is “tweet worthy”? Or something during the prayers?

  1. I have doubts about tweeting during church. Everyone with their face in their smartphone sounds like it’s taking away from fellowship and true focus on the sermon/prayer/worship. We already have short attention spans – why make it worse?

    I value social media as much as the next 20-something and I like the idea of bringing the church into the 21st century but tweeting during a sermon just strikes me as the opposite of what you’re hoping – ie disconnected and rude rather than connected and complimentary. It’s like passing notes in front of the teacher in a way. However, that said I can see the value in sharing the joy/insight that a song or sermon might bring. Would tweeting after the fact lessen the value? Or perhaps before service has started?

    • Interesting thoughts. Part of the problem that I see is unless the tweeter is taking notes, are they going to remember a specific quote 30 minutes after the fact?

      You are probably right, more than likely it would be more of a distraction rather than a compliment to worship.

  2. Hmmm. I wonder as well about the tweeting during worship thing. Since worship is to be more than hearing a motivational speech or educational moment, I think tweeting may be out of place here. It might be sending the wrong message (get it? Sending the wrong message??). As a photographer, I see many things I wish I could photograph during worship, particularly from my unique vantage point, but it’s not a photo op. It is not solely about the human experience—two things that photography and tweeting (and many other tools) assist in documenting and communicating—it is also about the God experience as well. It is also about receiving the means of grace and it is possible that such things can detract from that experience rather than enhance or share it effectively.
    I also agree with McKenzie. There is something about it that can draw us away from the uniqueness of worship, the more intimate fellowship with the body of Christ that can be accomplished in person. Social media does, indeed, create an avenue for community and fellowship as well, but face to face fellowship, hand to hand passing of the peace of Christ is valuable, too, and might be diminished by the intrusion of social media.
    On topic, have you seen this: http://www.onthecity.org ? I have not fully explored it but it seems to be something like Shepherd’s Staff or Pastor’s Assistant administrative software with an added component of digital social network creation. It links with twitter, among other existing social media, and includes individual parishioner profile creation by the member themselves as members of the congregations on line social network.

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