Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Why Pastors should Participate in Facebook

Pastors should participate in Facebook and other social network spaces because:

* it forces them to become more computer and Internet savvy. Many pastors are generations behind in their understanding and use of communication technology
* it introduces them to a new way of social interacting- the digital way.
* it makes them human. Depending on their openness and integrity, pastors who presents themselves as themselves will have to reveal a more personal and human side of themselves.
* allows them to understand and know what the younger generations in his/her congregation is doing in these social network spaces
* develop new aspects of their ministries. Most pastors do not realise that their ministry is limited to the verbal and printed words. They need to be missional with digital words
* provide the presence of Christ in these social network spaces
* make 'friends' with people from all over the world
* they need to create Christian faith communities in these social network spaces
* they should have fun

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Blogger anthony said...

only 9 reasons. should add a 10th one - allows pastors to communicate by chatting online.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Kar Yong said...

Not only pastors but lecturers in seminary should be on facebook too!!!!

4:33 PM  
Blogger blogpastor said...

Hmmmm.....shall I?

6:51 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Personally I think facebook can be a waste of valuable time if not handled properly.
The only features that I think is worth my time are facebook's networking system which allows someone to find another person... and of course the e-mail system.

Even so, even the networking system
can get very irritating with so many just wanting to add me in as a friend to make their network as large as possible. More than half the people I do not know and most I know do not even send a note to let me know how they are doing etc. So what's the point?

And most the applications for me not only just a waste of time but can be very irritating.

4:31 AM  

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