Missing the Boat

If you are United Methodist, please join me in following Mark Beeson’s “Methodist Monday posts. Here is the latest.  This week’s is about identifying ways or reasons our denomination has made some poor decisions over these past few decades. Below I share and illustration of a pattern we need to change.

I caught a tweet (via tweetdeck) today that the UMW (United Methodist Women) 2010 Assembly had a workshop on using Facebook to connect with people. The tweet linked to facebook page which linked to a website from which anyone can download a 4 page outline on how to connect with people using facebook.

If that isn’t enough, the 4 page outline begins with a quote from wikipedia to define facebook.

At this rate, the 2016 General Conference will pass a resolution (or change in the Book of Discipline itself) calling for Facebook to become a recognized tool for ministry.

The problem? by 2016 none of us will care about Facebook! (or at least no one outside the church will)

Here is a perfect illustration of how we come to the table late, realize we are behind, and jump up to try and offer a solution that society is already probably walking away from.

Reminds me of having heard a DS (last fall) refer to Facebook as “the Facebook,” as in “the facebook is causing some real issues amongst our clergy.”

Facebook is neither the problem or the solution.  A passion to connect real, hurting people with the Gospel of Christ is the solution!

One thought on “Missing the Boat

  1. “Reminds me of having heard a DS (last fall) refer to Facebook as “the Facebook,” as in “the facebook is causing some real issues amongst our clergy.””

    You misunderstood his reference. He wasn’t talking about Facebook, but about THE facebook – the secret guide to all the pastors in the conference, telling the cabinet all their secrets.

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