I heard a preacher say one time, We are reaching an internet generation with wagon wheel methods! How I loved that quote when he said it! I’m sure I was the loudest amen and the only person in that particular crowd who gave him a standing ovation for that.
Everyone uses Twitter, Facebook, Email, Google, iPhones, broadband Internet and Firefox, don’t they?
Less than half of the people’s hands went up. How lame! I thought to myself, These people are missing out on so much!
Then a couple of weeks ago, I was alerted to a new church communication software that is being developed that promises to mix church management with social networking while bringing communication to a whole ‘nother level. I was captivated for two seconds until I remembered the half of our congregation who didn’t put their hands up saying they communicated in these ways online.
I like interacting online. I’ll be honest, I think I can communicate with people through email, blogs, and social networking much better than I can verbally. I’m comfortable here – or should I say, I’m safe here. Yet, we are missing something… half of a congregation who will NEVER read this blog, who will never see the awesome HTML formatted email blast I sent out recently on our Pastor’s behalf. They won’t read my witty twits.
So, here’s what I want to do: let’s collaborate our best thoughts on how we can simultaneously minister the same thoughts we communicate through the internet to those who have no desire to touch a computer. We can’t alienate the one to reach the other. If my crude Sunday morning show of hands survey is any indication, in a rural town that borders a large city, you’re missing HALF of those you should be reaching in ministry by focusing on one or the other.