Sky News featured a story entitled “Britain’s first ‘Twitter Vicar’” about a Vicar who “is harnessing the power of social media to spice up sermons in his church”. Fantastic.
Check out the link to hear how the Rev. Andrew Alden is using Twitter at Church to encourage people to tweet questions and participate in the sermon through social media: http://news.sky.com/story/5660/twitter-vicar-reverend-spices-up-sermons
It’s great to see the press highlighting the ways the Church is embracing social media. Often its assumed the Church is slow to pick up on new technologies, but that’s not entirely the case as this example shows.
As you’ll know from reading my posts on it, I’m really in favour of bringing Twitter and social media into Church. We are a culture that have become accustomed to interaction – social media has played a huge role in this.
Being talked AT and broadcasted TO, when we get no chance to share our thoughts, no longer is the norm. It’s the almost-bygone era of the ‘classroom model’ used when we were growing up, where someone stood at the front and talked for ages and everyone passively listened and made notes. Sure, this still exists in some spheres, but less and less.
So why do we often use this model in Church?
Using social media within Church gatherings will seem irreverent to some. It will seem distracting to some. But it will be life-changing to others who otherwise might walk away from Church altogether, confused by it’s ‘broadcast’ model of communication and the lack of engagement.
There are lots of other Church leaders/Vicars/event organisers/speakers who already do this. A big shout out to all of them! But Andrew is definitely a key example and did a brilliant job interacting with the media and representing Church brilliantly. I think it’s great that Sky highlighted Andrew, as it’s great for the public to see that the Church is engaging with online culture. You can read the full Sky story here.
Do you think Twitter in Church is a good thing, a distraction, irreverent…? Do you agree with the diagram above, that Church should reflect the more engaging manner of School and work places, rather than the Classroom model? If the Church is to exist in a hundred years, these questions are vital.