How Should Christians Use Social Media?

I’ll be posting more in-depth on this  in the coming months, but here’s some initial thinking.

In this video, I’m up for the first few minutes. (The thumbnail isn’t me but Henryk Krol.) I’ve also pulled a few quotes for you below.

Last month, I spoke on this panel at the Global Consultation on the Gospel and Media, organized by the Lausanne Movement. Here are some of the high points:

Social media is bad for our souls. That’s why we need to us it. It distracts us, keeps us from doing important things, makes us restless, makes us smug, keeps us from enjoying life. But we should use it anyway, to care well for other people. Read more in this post.

In the digital age, we need to seek silence and solitude and thoughtful engagement. (Click to tweet this if you agree.)

The Church bravely goes into war zones, slums, and “closed” countries. But we get skittish about being fully engaged in social media? Where are the brave ambassadors for Christ in the digital spaces?

Ministry is fundamentally about relationships. So is social media. (Click to tweet this if I’m on the right track.)

If you don’t like social media, I don’t care. I care about your friends—the people you are serving—and what they prefer…even if it’s Google+.

At this gathering, we are too old, too white, and too male.

Craig Detweiler asked the key question, “How do we unleash God’s people to minister in the digital age?”

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If we are not equipping believers to present Jesus in a winsome, intellectually respectable fashion, we are failing.

Twitter is not shallow. People are shallow. (Click to tweet this.)

Facebook is forcing us to decrease the jargon we use as the church. Social media opens up our conversations and allows people to see into the church.

The tempation to present a false self is the same in real life as it is on Facebook. The dangers people point to in social people are no different than what we face in real life.

What do you disagree with here? Or what had you nodding in agreement? Leave a comment below. 

And please share this with others if you think it’s an important topic to consider.

  • Andy Moore

    Thanks for articulating these things so well; I’ll be bookmarking this page and visiting often.

    • acjeske

      You’re welcome, Andy! Spread the word, and let me know other questions and ideas that percolate.

      P.S. I’m drinking Oxford Breakfast Blend right now!

  • Amy Hauptman

    This is an amazing talk. So many good prophetic slaps to the face (and that’s a good thing). Favorite lines: “The church goes bravely into war zones …” And “if you don’t like social media, I don’t care. I care about your friends . . .”

    • acjeske

      Thanks much, Amy! It’s good to be learning together, no?

  • Loreli

    Yes! These are crucial ideas that we need to consider. Believers need to not only be aware of our conduct on social media but also consider their call to the “mission field” of cyberspace. This is key: “If we are not equipping believers to present Jesus in a winsome, intellectually respectable fashion, we are failing.” Thank you for posting!

    • acjeske

      You’re welcome, Loreli! It’s just one more way or sphere we can care for and serve others.

  • Amy Hauptman

    Yes it is, most definitely.

  • phil

    i appreciated the article on the leadership journal newsletter. though i am wondering how a pastor with many responsibilities can do all that. can you give some manageable and focused ideas on how to take advantage of social media when you don’t have all day to write and think of stuff and search the internet?