If a couple has a baby, do they pic up the phone or post it to Facebook? If a family gets a new pet, are they going to email you a pic or post it on Facebook? You may not be apart of the crowd that does this, (Yet!) but our society is changing they way they communicate! Most young people consider it more efficient and more respectful to communicate via text message, Facebook and Twitter. They want to BROADCAST their message instead of one on one.
Think about it for a second. How long does it take to read 1 text or post? 10 seconds? How long does a phone conversation? Just the intro “Hey tom this is chad, how are you?” takes longer than 10 seconds! Young people know this and are opting to tell people about their lives on one of these “broadcast platforms”
Chad Gleaves and Penny Nash of www.penelopepiscopal.blogspot.com came to the conclusion that there has to be a mentality change for some of the older Pastors or Ministers in Churches.
In times past, it was customary for members of a congregation to pick up the phone and call their Pastors or Ministers to share news or information about themselves. Now, although the elder members still may call, the younger generations have more or less recognized that it is more respectful of another person’s time to send text messages or use Facebook rather than calling them over the phone.
People are taking a more casual approach to communicate with their Pastors, Ministers or church co-members. Lets just admit it! Sending a text messages or postings on Facebook or sending e-mail are simply more efficient! So as pastors and ministers we need to meet our congregation where they are and communicate with them in ways they feel comfortable.