If you introduced yourself to someone who had heard of you before, what would you say to them?
They may know what you do, but the chances are they dont know you, what you are like, and what you stand for. If you read my bio online, I could tell you what I look like, what I do as a living, I could even tell you what I’ve got up to in the past, but information like that wouldn’t tell you what I’m really like, what I stand for, what my attitude is on… well… anything.
To be able to get a handle on anything like that you’ll probably need to get past the immediate information, and spend sometime following me on Twitter, Google Plus, or a number of other social networks.
Newspapers use headlines to make an impression immediately. Now if you wondered into any newsagents over last week it would have been hard to have avoided headlines like the one pictured.
Question. If all you know about the Church and Christianity is based on what you see and hear in media headlines, what would you think based on headlines like these?
The Message translation of the Bible puts an interesting slant on John 1:14:
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.
With 100 million active users on Google Plus, and 530 million on Facebook*, I can’t help but wonder: Where is our real neighbourhood?
Are individual churches doing enough to make sure people know they exists? It possibly harder then it sounds if you don’t have a nice obvious Church building. If people do know that your church exists, then how do they know what you stand for?
*According to “Google Plus v Facebook” infographic from pardot.com