I am on social media! Please, follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and friend me on Facebook. I know that sounds a little needy, but I hope you really will connect with me through social media.
Obviously I am not a pioneer, or even an early adopter. I fit in the laggard category when it comes to social media.
So why get on social media now?
It’s not so I can show off my grandchildren or the big trout I catch while fly-fishing. Okay, maybe it’s a little bit of both of those. But those aren’t the main reasons.
My hope is that engaging social media will support the mission of God by doing two things.
First, I hope it creates a window through which we can share life. In 1 Thessalonians 2:8, the apostle Paul says to the church at Thessalonica, “We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too” (NLT). I get to share God’s Good News with the people of Clear Creek Community Church regularly through preaching, but sharing the daily grind of my life has become more challenging. While I can’t have everyone in the Clear Creek Family in my home (although Susan and I would enjoy that), through social media I can open a window into my life as you open a window into yours.
Communication is my second reason for getting on social media. As CCCC has grown larger, with multiple campuses, communication has become more difficult. Social media has developed into another way to communicate about God’s work in and through CCCC. I plan to post meaningful events, celebrate what God is doing among us and share the daily interactions of what CCCC is about.
Two warnings seem necessary.
I will probably be bad at this, at least in the beginning. We often do things poorly before we learn to do them well. And I probably won’t be able to respond to everything I see or each message I get. This is my greatest anxiety about being on social media. I fear I will disappoint people who use social media to seek help instead of contacting their navigator, elder, ministry leader or the church office.