Twitter is getting huge! Twitter currently has 554,750,000 active, registered users (more stats here). With the popularity of Twitter rising, there has been more buzz about whether or not churches should encourage using Twitter during church.
Some churches will post tweets about their church in the lobby, some will have hashtags encouraging conversations on the sermon topic for the day. I have recently read a few articles on the subject and I wanted to share some of their thoughts with you.
In this article, the author, Scott Williams, says, “Tweet and Tweet Often!” These are his top 5 reasons that you should use Twitter during church:
- You can share the Pastor’s message on God’s word in real-time
- If the pastor says something that has an impact on you, causes you to think, or moves you in some other way, it is likely that one of your Twitter followers will be moved by it as well
- The great commission says go into all the world, this can be applied to the Twitter world as well. You can be tweeting the Gospel!
- You will have a storehouse of thought-provoking thoughts
- Tweeting great thoughts from the sermon can help cut down on “Sermon Attention Deficit Disorder (SADD)”
Williams closes the article with this thought: “remember God’s Omnipresence applies to Twitter as well. Get Your Tweet On!”
Another article on the subject, written by Purva Patel, has some other ideas and examples.
Most pastors find that Tweeting during services can make church more interactive and can appeal to the younger demographic. It can make them feel like they are a part of the message.
One way that the Woodland Church is using Twitter in church is the church staff reviews tweets coming in during the sermon and will post them on a board behind the pastor. The pastor ignores the tweets during the sermon, but afterwards he will answer questions that came in through Twitter (I think that this is the coolest idea!).
Some people have found that tweeting during services can be distracting. Craig Hayes, pastor in Fresno, says, “If two people are talking at the same time, somebody’s not listening…You cannot do two things at once and expect you’re not going to miss something.”
There are many pros and cons to using Twitter in church. I am definitely pro-Twitter in churches. It can help the congregation feel like an even more important part in the community and the conversation. I think the idea of having the Pastor answer questions coming in on Twitter is a great idea because it can really help get deeper into the sermon topic.
What do you think of churches utilizing Twitter during services?
Have you seen any examples of churches using Twitter really well?