Social Media

Church Social Media Conversation Starter

On Sunday, I gave a presentation at our adult forum on the use of social media for evangelism and building community.  It was the first of what we hope will be many #Social MediaSunday‘s at St Tim’s.

Many members at St. Tim’s are still new to social media, so I wanted to get them talking and thinking about the history of Christian communications. One common argument against using social media is that face-to-face communication is the only true meaningful form of communication.  This is a way of looking back and seeing the many ways Christians have communicated throughout the centuries.

text of the Bible

The first letter of St. Paul to Timothy.

To get the conversation started, I showed two slides of first century communication:

1) Face-to-face: The sermon on the mount by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834–1890)

2) Letter writing: Saint Paul writing his epistles by probably Valentin de Boulogne (1591 – 1632)

Then the question for the audience: How do we communicate today? How many different technologies do we use?

Another potential variation on this discussion, for those more familiar with social media: What social media platform would they have used if they were alive today? Would St. Paul have been a blogger? Would Jesus have tweeted? Would Thomas Merton have been an Instagrammer?

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