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The Theology  of Twitter <ul><li>Three Challenges  for the Church Engaging Social Media Presented by Steve Knight </li></u...
What is Social Media? <ul><li>Blogs (e.g., Blogger,  WordPress) </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-Blogs (e.g., Twitter) </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>“ Social media is storytelling.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Sean Percival, Director of Content for Tsavo.com </li></u...
Duc in altum!
The Internet is ...
or ... ?
3  Theological  Challenges  for the Church
Challenge #1: Be “reverse incarnational”
Proclamation
Reverse Incarnation
Counting Conversations
Why do people visit  the pastor’s bio page more often than  any other single page?
New media
Game changer
Challenge #2: Maintain the physical in the sacramental
Virtual Sacraments?
Liturgy » Magic?
Physical » Sacramental?
Challenge #3: Promote  counter-cultural spiritual practices
Tweeting in church?
Who’s On Twitter? <ul><li>@JohnPiper </li></ul><ul><li>@RickWarren </li></ul><ul><li>@BrianMcLaren </li></ul><ul><li>@LenS...
The church that tweets together, stays together.
@Twitturgies
Benefits of Twitter Prayer <ul><li>Empowers to pray frequent, short prayers </li></ul><ul><li>Brings incredible focus to p...
Unplug
5 Ideas for Ethical Social Networking <ul><li>Take a Sabbath from yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Begin your status updates wit...
3 Challenges  for the Church <ul><li>Be reverse incarnational </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain the physical in the sacramental <...
<ul><li>“ The Internet causes billions of images to appear on millions of computer monitors around the planet. From this g...
<ul><li>SteveKnight (Facebook) </li></ul><ul><li>@knightopia (Twitter) </li></ul><ul><li>knightopia (Skype, Tokbox, YouTub...
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The Theology Of Twitter

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Three Challenges for the Church Engaging Social Media

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The Theology Of Twitter

  1. 1. The Theology of Twitter <ul><li>Three Challenges for the Church Engaging Social Media Presented by Steve Knight </li></ul><ul><li>Saturday, September 12 </li></ul><ul><li>CE 2.0 Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Pfeiffer University </li></ul>
  2. 2. What is Social Media? <ul><li>Blogs (e.g., Blogger, WordPress) </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-Blogs (e.g., Twitter) </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networks (e.g., Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Ning) </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis (e.g., Wikipedia) </li></ul><ul><li>Other (e.g., FriendFeed, Delicious, Flickr, YouTube, Second Life, Google Reader) </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>“ Social media is storytelling.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Sean Percival, Director of Content for Tsavo.com </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Duc in altum!
  5. 5. The Internet is ...
  6. 6. or ... ?
  7. 7. 3 Theological Challenges for the Church
  8. 8. Challenge #1: Be “reverse incarnational”
  9. 9. Proclamation
  10. 10. Reverse Incarnation
  11. 11. Counting Conversations
  12. 12. Why do people visit the pastor’s bio page more often than any other single page?
  13. 13. New media
  14. 14. Game changer
  15. 15. Challenge #2: Maintain the physical in the sacramental
  16. 16. Virtual Sacraments?
  17. 17. Liturgy » Magic?
  18. 18. Physical » Sacramental?
  19. 19. Challenge #3: Promote counter-cultural spiritual practices
  20. 20. Tweeting in church?
  21. 21. Who’s On Twitter? <ul><li>@JohnPiper </li></ul><ul><li>@RickWarren </li></ul><ul><li>@BrianMcLaren </li></ul><ul><li>@LenSweet </li></ul><ul><li>@StevenFurtick </li></ul><ul><li>@UMCommunication, @GBOD, @UMCYoungClergy </li></ul>
  22. 22. The church that tweets together, stays together.
  23. 23. @Twitturgies
  24. 24. Benefits of Twitter Prayer <ul><li>Empowers to pray frequent, short prayers </li></ul><ul><li>Brings incredible focus to prayers </li></ul><ul><li>Raises consciousness of one’s prayers and longings </li></ul>
  25. 25. Unplug
  26. 26. 5 Ideas for Ethical Social Networking <ul><li>Take a Sabbath from yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Begin your status updates with “If God wills it ...” or some variant thereof </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t slam with status </li></ul><ul><li>Say nice things about people you don’t like </li></ul><ul><li>Pray your Friend List </li></ul>
  27. 27. 3 Challenges for the Church <ul><li>Be reverse incarnational </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain the physical in the sacramental </li></ul><ul><li>Promote spiritual practices, such as fasting from media and devices </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>“ The Internet causes billions of images to appear on millions of computer monitors around the planet. From this galaxy of sight and sound will the face of Christ emerge and the voice of Christ be heard? For it is only when his face is seen and his voice heard that the world will know the glad tidings of our redemption. </li></ul><ul><li>“ This is the purpose of evangelization. And this is what will make the Internet a genuinely human space, for if there is no room for Christ, there is no room for man. Therefore ... I dare to summon the whole Church bravely to cross this new threshold, to put out into the deep of the Net, so that now as in the past the great engagement of the Gospel and culture may show to the world ‘the glory of God on the face of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 4:6). May the Lord bless all those who work for this aim.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>— Pope John Paul II, &quot;Internet: A New Forum for Proclaiming the Gospel,&quot; for the 36th World Communications Day, Sunday, May 12, 2002 </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>SteveKnight (Facebook) </li></ul><ul><li>@knightopia (Twitter) </li></ul><ul><li>knightopia (Skype, Tokbox, YouTube, Vimeo) </li></ul><ul><li>knightopia@gmail.com (Email) </li></ul><ul><li>knightopia.com (Web) </li></ul>

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