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.
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?