Don’t think that Social Media is important to the growth and health of the church? I’ve heard all the excuses on why we (the local church) should not embrace Social Media and they are weak at best.
If “we” want to reach this and future generations we HAVE TO go to them because they are obviously not coming to us. Consider the following:
-. 96% of Generation Y uses social networks
– If Facebook were a country, it would be the fourth largest.
– 300,000+ businesses have a Facebook page
– Dell has sold $3 million dollars of computers on Twitter.
– Ford Motors spends 25% of its marketing budget on social media – and didn’t need a government bailout.
– The average American watches 124 videos per month online.
– 70% of 18-34 year olds watch TV on the web – but only 35% use a TIVO.
24 out 25 of the top newspapers are experiencing record declines.
It’s naive to think that Social Media is some evil force and/or to stay away from it because [I] don’t understand it.
A good friend and pastor pointed out to me that every major advance in communication has been met by opposition from the church. Billy Graham took the gospel to the people via television and the church did NOT embrace it. Before that it was radio and dare I submit to you that the church opposed the bible being printed in languages that the people themselves could read. Just a thought.
Time to hop on board.
Forward this to your pastor since they probably will never see this article. It’s distributed via Social Media Networks.