Does Social Media Help Break Down Denominational Barriers?
The weekly church social media chat #ChSocM has been providing some good fuel for blog posts recently and last night’s chat about social media and denominations was no exception.
It’s no secret that denominations are on the decline. Most mainline denominations are losing members. Meanwhile non-denominational churches and non-denomination para-church ministries are continuing to grow. I believe much of it stems from the rising value in Christianity to work together where we agree.
Offline, I can work with you to bring food and the gospel to people who are hungry without agreeing with your view of baptism. I can join with you for a city-wide evangelism event without first needing to agree with you on end-times theology.
The same is true online.
We can have conversations here about how to communicate more effectively online without our theological differences every coming up. It’s not that those differences don’t matter or we’re avoiding them. They just aren’t our focus and we don’t want unrelated differences to get in the way of learning from each other.
In fact, our staff here at OurChurch.Com are Lutheran, Southern Baptist, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Christian/Disciples of Christ, and Methodist.
Some of the social media communities I appreciate most include:
- Internet Evangelism Day
- The Center for Church Communications (best known for Church Marketing Sucks)
I don’t know what denomination the leaders of those ministries are a part of, but I know I have learned a lot and been greatly encouraged by all of them.
Communication is changing so rapidly we can’t afford to only listen and learn from those people in our own denominations.
What denomination are you a part of? Where has social media enabled you to connect with people from other denominations and learn and grow?