Potlucks & Friend Requests

The number of people currently on Facebook would be the equivalent of the third largest country in the world. The number of people using Twitter grew 900 percent in one year. Sites like Instagram, Yelp and Foursquare help us instantly share images, reviews and even our locations. Social networks aren’t exclusive to race, socioeconomic status or religion. We can’t ignore these networks. So what do we do with social media?

I remember growing up in the 1980s when some Christians got scared about music and TV. Parents were being told that rock music was straight from the devil and “The Smurfs” cartoon promoted witchcraft. The message was fear.

Social networking can also prompt fear. What do we do with pictures and personal information? What do we say and how do we say it? For some people, Facebook and Twitter seem as strange as smurfs. Yet, social networks are definitely a Free Methodist idea. Facebook is a church potluck minus the mac and cheese.

Our team has produced a fantastic issue on what the Free Methodist Church could look like if each of us applied the message of holiness to our strategy in these networks.  Feel free to check out the latest online issue, post comments, & share.  |  LLM October

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