Social Media and the Pastor

by Marty Thurber

The social media landscape has varied shades. How do you find your voice and what does it sound like? What does social media do to your ministry and church?

Both voice and vocation are rooted in the Latin word vocare, “to call, or invoke.” Our voices are the things that are called out of us in the midst of our work. They are the underlying whys of our passions.

By looking at what you are fervent about, you will find your voice. It is there in your passions, actions, and conversations. Great leaders are well aware of their voices and how to project them. Pastors learn how to use their words and voices well and seek listen­ers for their voices wherever they can. Social media offers a studio for your voice, producing and calling forth your creative efforts and enlarging your audience. Which pastors do not want to reach more people with their passion for Christ and His Word?

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High-impact internet ministry

by Daniel Jiao

Before His ascension, Jesus told the disciples, “ ‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ ” (Acts 1:8, NIV). Although they knew the gospel would go to the ends of the earth, they probably had no idea how God was going to accomplish the goal through them. The congregation in Jerusalem, at the time of Jesus’ ascension, numbered only 120 (Acts 1:15). The disciples knew that it was impossible for their small number to reach the world, but they also knew that Jesus’ instruction was not to depend on themselves but to wait for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. They did, and the world has never been the same since.

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Take Me to Church? Half of Pastors Believe Faith Will Become Online-Only Experience

by Morgan Lee

The key phrase Hozier sung at the Grammys last Sunday from his hit song, "Take Me to Church," will grow outdated for many, nearly half of Protestant senior pastors believe. Today 47 percent agree that at least some people will experience their faith exclusively through the internet within the coming decade.

Is the prospect a problem? Theologically no, according to the nearly 9 out of 10 pastors (87%) who told the Barna Group it is "theologically acceptable" to seek "faith assistance" or "religious experiences" online. Nearly 4 out of 10 pastors (39%) say they now do so themselves, according to Barna's recent survey examining the online actions and attitudes of more than 600 pastors.

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How do we Share Story in an Apple Culture?

By Claude Richli

If you had asked me when I was a kid, what is an apple culture, I would have answered: It’s where they grow apple; my grandparents had an apple orchard, and I could name the different apple varieties and I enjoyed taking a bite out of them.
But today, the word “apple” has taken a completely different connotation. Ask any kid what is Apple, and he is likely to tell you something connected with one of the largest corporations on the planet. And for good reasons: the brand Apple has become so ubiquitous, so pervasive that it is recognized as the most valued brand on earth: $98.3 billion.  That is 23 times the GDP of Montenegro, or twice that of Bulgaria, a much bigger country!! And this is just the brand.  Its market capitalization in September was $650 billion, more than the total economy of a wealthy country like Switzerland over the course of one year. And all of this started in a garage in Palo Alto less than 40 years ago, when a couple of young people barely out of their teenage years, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, started to assemble computers. In 1976, they came up with the Apple II computer, which became a runaway success, putting them on the path to stardom and wealth.  Since then, it seems that the company with the apple logo conquered the universe, and became a whole universe in itself. It launched the MacIntosh in 1984, an “insanely great computer”, to quote Steve Jobs, which was meant to be as easy to operate as a telephone. In fact, its advertising showed that all you needed to operate it was the index finger, in order to click on a mouse. For those of us who are too young to remember that time, you need to know that what we take for granted today – the mouse – was revolutionary back then. Steve Jobs did not invent the mouse, Xerox did. But Jobs was the first one to see its tremendous implications, and he went on to launch what was touted as “The computer for the rest of us”.  

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