7 Ways Facebook and Social Media can Strengthen Your Spiritual Life

social-media-woman-spiritualThere’s no shortage of people bashing Facebook specifically and social media in general as contributors to narcissism, time-wasting, gossip, inappropriate relationships and more. So, it’s nice to see posts such as the one posted by Josh Riley on worship.com earlier this week that speak to the positive impact social media can have on ones spiritual life.

Josh highlights 5 specific benefits:

  1. Accountability
  2. Heart Analysis
  3. Encouragement
  4. Evangelism
  5. Discernment

You can read more about each of these in Josh’s full post.

I would add at least 2 others to the list:

  1. Learning/Ideas – Social media gives us the opportunity to learn new things about God and creative new ways to do ministry.
  2. Collaboration – Social media enables us to connect with others who share a passion for a particular cause or project and work together to accomplish things we could never accomplish on our own.

What do you think about these 7 ways social media can have a positive impact on a person’s spiritual life?  Are there others you can think of?

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

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