Earlier this week, I sat in a Starbuck’s coffee shop with a few young adults and a pastor. After spending an hour or so talking, I pulled out my iPad and friended them on Facebook, collected their email addresses and promised to stay in contact with them as well as help them connect with others. When I returned to my office the next morning, I spent at least another hour making those connections that I had promised to help them make.
If you watch the video below, you’ll see some stunning statistics about the growth of social networking and the role it’s playing in how we connect.
The point the video makes early on is that social networking isn’t about technology, it’s about relationships. This isn’t really revolutionary, we are just creating new ways to do what humankind has always done – build social buy zantac 150 uk networks that help support and sustain us.
The church has also been exploiting this fact of human nature for millennia. We’ve been gathering to sing and pray, struggle and grow in our faith, and give and receive care and support. Through one another we connect to God through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
No matter how fast the world changes, we are still about relationships, making connections.
How do you see yourself making connections and building relationships in the next decade? How do you see your church reaching out to spread the message of the gospel?
Make some connections with other UCC churches at our upcoming events:
April 19, 2012 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. — Iowa Conference Facebook Party with special guest Kelly Burd
June 7-10, 2012 – Iowa Conference 50th Birthday Celebration at Grinnell College
-Nicole Havelka, Associate Conference Minister for Youth and Young Adult Ministries