The Social Church

The Social Church

The internet is something we all use and enjoy, but are we using it too much, or not enough at all? I hear so many people rebel against social websites because they claim, “It distracts them from God” or, “It’s just too worldly.”

I know this might sound odd, but I want people to start re-thinking their decisions. Now, don’t get me wrong… I understand their reasoning to boycott these cultural habits, but shouldn’t their reasoning to leave give them an even bigger reason to stay? We as Christians continuously talk about being a light to the world, an example of Christ, and a reflection of His Hope. So, if the internet is something you claim distracts people from God, then how about you be the difference and make it a place that attracts people to GOD.

Let’s be a generation that TAKES BACK the internet and social media for the Good of Christ, using them to share His LOVE and HOPE. Use your social networks for Gospel good works. We are called to tweet, post, pin, tumbl and digg all in the name of Christ.

Social Tips:

1. Be consistent // Keep your posts fresh, and up to date. Don’t let your platform get dry. You never know who you’re reaching.

2. Be honest // Don’t try to be someone you’re not. People will call your bluff. Honesty is the greatest of leaders!

3. Be creative // Think outside the box.You never know until you try! Pictures and videos are a great way to increase engagement.

4. Give God The Glory // If you’re not glorifying Him, you’re glorifying yourself.

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

What are your thoughts about Church and Social Media? Leave your comments below.

– Jarrid Wilson

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17 Comments

  • Jan Knapp September 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I guess there are a lot of ways to look at it. I think the Internet can be a good thing to reach people for God. So many people use the Internet; I’d sure like to see them runniing into something that is good & that will help them instead of hurt them. I know being on the computer is contagious but we need more sites like this!

  • Megan September 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    This is so true. I constantly try to do this with my Facebook, twitter, and even Pinterest. I’ve had multiple people come up to me personally and say how blessed they are by my posts. It’s definitely God working through you in a strange way, because most people wouldn’t think you can do that over social networking. God can make you a missionary anywhere, even social sites. I find that really incredible. Great post, I wi need to share this with my friend who has a blog for teen girls.

  • Jeff M August 28, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Hey Jarrid,

    I have a hard time looking at your facebook posts, I must be honest. I see that you glorify God and give credit to Him, but then I also see your posts blown up with your name everywhere. It just seems like you promote yourself with the intentions of receiving credit for what you do, instead of leaving yourself out of it and fully giving every credit to God. You don’t need to put your name on everything you post. I have a hard time getting around the thought that you’re simply fishing for followers. You definitely do a great thing by posting what you do, but I see a lot of you instead of completely God in the posts.

    Also, you have a lot of influence through social media, however your primarily audience is women. You’re a man of God with a strong voice. Post more about how to be a more God-centered and God-fearing man, especially regarding what you’ve been learning through marriage. That’s what us men need to hear, not all of these brief quotes with your name posted all over them.

    Just a few thoughts I had and figured I’d share.
    God bless,

    Jeff

    • Raj August 31, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Hi Jeff. I couldn’t help but hurt deeply reading your comment. You have criticized a man as “simply fishing for followers” and self-promotion for using his name. This has been done on a blog post that was entirely about maximizing our potential for glorifying God. Ironically, you then posted your name at the end of the article when you already entered it on the “Name” tab of the comment. With such a vile and incorrect interpretation of another persons motives, I can understand why you “have a hard time getting around” your thoughts.

      God uses individuals and their personalities, unique traits and platforms that HE GIVES THEM for His own glory. Paul himself said “follow me, as I follow Christ”, inviting people to know him (Paul) and his own life so as to model and give context to this whole God thing for themselves. Furthermore, what on earth is wrong with wanting more people to come to your website so that they can be blessed with what God is teaching you? I assume by posting your comment publicly, you understand that someone will read it and you may receive a response?

      If you want to see “a lot of God”, which you’ve defined as “leaving yourself out of it”, maybe looking at someone’s personal Facebook page and following their personal blog is not the place for you. You’ve brought attention to yourself as well, by highlighting your own personal needs as a man which seem not to be fulfilled and painting it as a need that “us men” have. I can assure you, this is not the case for many, many men. There are hundreds of great books, teachings and articles that you can refer to and learn from ALREADY in existence. Why burden a man to reinvent the wheel, again. The only fresh insight he could offer is PERSONAL, SUBJECTIVE experience, which of course, you would not like at all.

      I understand what I’m saying may be difficult to take in the right spirit, but I pray you hear what I’m saying and take personal responsibility for your shortcomings rather then burdening someone else. The unique ministry, platform and audience of Jarrid Wilson (who I have only heard about in the past few days, so I’m no loyal fanboy super-defender if you’re wondering), is something He is using to show people the way. Please realise this.

    • Anonymous October 1, 2013 at 3:49 AM

      Good point raj!Godbless ur heart..

    • Jarrid Wilson Author October 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Thanks!

  • Ella Smith August 26, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    I rely on your blog, and my bible app for information and spiritual support. I do not belong to a church, as I work late 2nd shift, work weekends, and go to bed at 3 am. Why are services so early? I wish more churches had later services to meet the needs of people with funky schedules. I am grateful for the inspiration I receive from the Internet. Seek and you will find.

  • Ian August 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Thanks again! More Christians need to use their talents and gifts for the glory of God! For some that also includes being social media/internet savvy.

  • Caleb Suko August 24, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Being honest is a big one for me. It’s so easy to portray something to your followers that doesn’t really reflect how you live your life. I think it’s important that someone who knows you in real life and follows you online sees the same person in both places.

  • Jessica August 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I love this! I completely agree.

    But for me I know what my weaknesses are and would get frustrated and angry with it that I just couldn’t handle Facebook any longer, but eventually g

  • Albert Perez August 23, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Great article blessings brother

  • Shay August 23, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Social Media and the Internet are great platforms and engagement tools for ministry. We have to be where people are and today they’re online all day and all night.

  • Kwame August 23, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    I think you pretty much put the most important point in a nut shell, consistency, honesty, creativity and the glory of the lord. I’ll like to add that we should pray that God will impact lives and that the gospel be the message.

  • Kemi August 23, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Thank for this post, just as you said, the social world is growing rapidly, we as christains are suppose to move with the trend by giving the undiluted word of God. The lord as called us to be witness of him any where. Social media is the major platform to reach many. God bless you

  • Mark McIntyre August 22, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Amen! Agreed – great post, Jarrid! And, agree with Ben Read’s response above.

  • Dave Arnold August 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Good stuff Jared! I think consistency is huge. When you show up, you’ll reach people. This is why I post every week no matter what. God bless!

  • Ben Read August 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Good Stuff. I try and find a verse or saying from what I read as part of my Time with the Lord that I want to create an image of to share on my feeds, and that adds to my study of that scripture or thought. But I like your statement at the end of the first paragraph quite a bit, that we are called to do these things.

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