The Church and The Connected
One of the defining characteristics of our generation is our connectedness – or at least a perception of connectededness. Thanks to sites such as Facebook or Twitter, we can simultaneously broadcast our thoughts and feelings to the masses and maintain more intimate or personal relationships at the click of a button.
These tools are doing more than simply connecting us, they’re informing and empowering us as never before.
And, I’m afraid, they’re creating a society that is leaving the church behind.
We don’t need a church to give us mission or an opportunity to serve. We can send a text to The Red Cross and change the world.
We don’t need a “community” of people that we see once or twice a week. We’re connected to 1,000s of friends via Facebook or Twiiter, many of whom we dialog with more regularly than fellow churchmates.
We don’t need weekly sermons. We can download podcasts from preachers all over the world and from years gone by and listen to them anytime we want.
We don’t need potlucks. Fried chicken and Velveeta shells and cheese aren’t that good for us.
So what do churches have that we do need? A couple of things come to mind, but I’m interested to hear what you think.