Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.
What does that have to do with the local church? Facebook can help you build relationships with people that you might only have the occasion to see on Sunday mornings. Imagine you are new to a community, and you begin to attend a local church. They have a community group or a Sunday School class that you have enjoyed attending, but you don’t really ‘know’ those folks who are attending. So why not send out a quick Facebook friend invite? Something like, “Hey Dave. This is Brad. I’ve been attending your Sunday School class and would like to be Facebook friends.” I’m sure they’d accept. Then you can peruse their family photos and their status updates. In that regard, it can work very much as a church directory would, only in a more personal way. Plus, having your pastor or community group leader as a Facebook friend may help us think a little before we post a rash ‘status update’.
Yes, Facebook can be abused just like anything else. But I think that it can also be used wisely by us to help us build relationships inside our church fellowship. So go ahead, ‘befriend’ your pastor. You will probably find out that he’s actually a fairly normal person, who also has a birthday, and more than just a guy who pontificates on Sunday mornings.
Hopefully, he’ll quit sending you Farmville requests if you ask him to, and if he sends you a request to join his Mafia, tell him you are already in it.