What The Church Can Learn From Facebook . . .

Overall the church in America is struggling, losing members, shrinking. On the other hand, Facebook is growing by leaps and bounds.  So, what can the church learn from Facebook?

* People love to connect with other people. They want to be part of a network of people. Facebook allows people to connect and to communicate with each other. Perhaps the church should encourage people to connect with each other more than with the minister, the sermon, or the Sunday morning program.

* People are capable of providing their own content. Facebook doesn’t publish its own material. Instead it allows people to publish their own stuff — their thoughts, ideas, and feelings. This freedom of expression causes people to flock to Facebook. Perhaps the church could allow people to provide their own content during the Sunday morning meeting. People could speak out in the Sunday morning meeting and talk about their problems, testify to what God is doing for them, and share love and encouragement with one another.

* When people connect with others and share their thoughts and ideas, they get excited and tell everybody about it. That is why Facebook now has more than 500 million members. Perhaps a shrinking church would grow too, if it applied these same concepts.

So, can a church do these things? Yes.  The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center, is a place where people connect with each other and provide their own content in the Sunday morning meeting — 225 Berry Street, Nashville, 37207, Sundays @ 10:45 am & Thursdays & 6:30 pm.

http://www.prioritypeople.org/article.php?articleID=558

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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18 Responses to What The Church Can Learn From Facebook . . .

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  6. Ron Archer says:

    Good post Steve. Forwarded to our Church Leadership Team!

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