1. Social Media and the Church
with Angela Williams
was among the finest resourcing I have ever received!
Angela serves as Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Pasadena Mennonite Church.
She is also a PhD student in Practical Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary.
highlighted Spectacular Benefits of Social Media: multitasking, efficient, fast-paced problem solving, contributes to brain sharpness, it's a bi-directional tool.
also noted the Enormous Costs of Social Media: fragmentation, less comprehension, impedes long-term memory, seizes our attention, then scatters it; pre-occupation with what is "out there" and less attentiveness to the here and now.
Social Media is here to stay.
So..how can churches engage in Christian Faith Formation so that it has staying power?
Here is what she
suggests: Attentiveness; Repetition; Meaningful Association
, Brain Rest.
Aha! I can see all these things happen in a well-orchestrated worship service OR a Sunday School Class OR a small group - can you?
Let me know if you want more conversation on this - I think we can do it, and do it well, and do it well during our WDC Year of the Bible emphasis.
A related article by Angela
can be found at: http://fulleryouthinstitute.