13 Myths about Social Media and Church #ChSocM

mythbustersPeople have been making assumptions about social media since our ancestors first started carving status updates onto their cave walls. Many of them continue to be spread today.

So, last night, in another fun, lively and informative #ChSocM Twitter chat about church and social media, our moderator @MeredithGould asked…

What are the greatest myths/falsehoods about social media & church? 

As my fellow chatters started chiming in with their responses, I immediately thought, “This would make for a great ‘top 10′ post.”  Except that there were 13.  Even better, right?

  1. If you build it, they will come. ‏@reckshow
  2. The delivery channel solves the content issues and audience engagement. ‏@bfelice
  3. We don’t have time to engage in that. ‏@singingcarolyn
  4. It’s really only for the young folks. ‏@iamepiscopalian
  5. Just being on [social media] is enough. ‏@DawnMGibson
  6. It’s either all bad (killing real community) or all good. @JeffKRoss
  7. Anyone can do it well. ‏@skenow
  8. Social media is just another broadcast communications channel. @Stevefogg
  9. Those who use sm in church are being disrespectful & frivolous. ‏@singingcarolyn
  10. You can’t/shouldn’t tweet during church. ‏@cmsucks
  11. Social media isn’t community; it’s the illusion of community. @paulsteinbrueck
  12. Social media is only for seeing what people ate for lunch, not for anything serious. @ChurchWebTips
  13. It makes people more isolated instead of connected. @kurtcwiesner

Which is your “favorite” or most irksome myth about social media and church?

Do you have any others to add to the list?

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.

6 Responses to “13 Myths about Social Media and Church #ChSocM”

  1. singingcarolyn Aug 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Paul, thanks for collecting some of the myths brought out in last night's #chsocm Tweetchat. In case your readers want more (and who wouldn't?), the full transcript from the chat is here: http://churchsocmed.blogspot.com/2013/08/church-s….

    Everyone is welcome each Tuesday at 9pmET to join in the conversation, or just use the #chsocm hashtag to connect anytime.

    • PaulSteinbrueck Aug 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Carolyn. Good idea sharing the link to the transcript and extending a more overt invitation to join us!

  2. LOL great minds think alike eh Paul? I saw the question, my eyes lit up at the gold that was being typed and thought, that's blog worthy!

    • PaulSteinbrueck Aug 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Yes, great minds think alike, Steve. ;) Don't let that stop you just because I beat you to it. :)

  3. Thanks for this list. It's great to know others feel the same pains.

  4. One that bugs me is, "If you are using social media you are using it to mask a lack of depth and substance."