This is part 3 of a 5-part series on using Facebook for churches.
I know that a blog series like this can be frustrating because, chances are, if you’re reading this you aren’t the one who has the influence to make it happen. How my church uses Facebook and getting staff to embrace Facebook is all well and good, but in the end it comes down to your pastor.
So this post is simple: three quotes from three different pastors. Why? To help you show your pastor how Facebook can work for your church.
Here’s what our preaching team had to say when I asked them about their thoughts on Facebook now that they’re on the other side of embracing it:
“Being relatively new to FB, it was like walking into a closet and ending up in Narnia. It’s a world I didn’t know existed. I’ve connected with old friends, made new friends, spread some good news, got some key information, encouraged some people, counseled others, and got some others worked up. FB is like throwing a stone into the center of a pond. The ripples are widespread.” -Al Detter (Pastor at Grace for more than 30 years)
“I went into Facebook solely looking to connect with friends and family who live at a distance. Within weeks, I realized this medium has enormous ministry potential. Now Facebook has easily become one of my primary tools for interacting with the people from my church and the unchurched. People are far more comfortable discussing pressing needs and issues in their lives initially via Facebook messages than they are through a phone call. I have also benefited from the networking relationships I have with other pastors.” -Mike Watson (Pastor at Grace for over 10 years)
“In the past year social media has proven to be one of my most effective means of evangelism. I think the fact that people are able to ask questions and push back on Christian ideas from a safe distance provides an effective segue to deep spiritual conversations. I have also found that the e-buzz that goes on following a great worship service or church event acts as a drawing card that entices people to check out our church. The public social media conversation the flows out of authentic Christian community can really capture the imagination of someone who has never experienced it before.” -Derek Sanford (Former youth pastor and now executive pastor, started at Grace in 1995)