The title is Thy Kingdom Connected: What the Church Can Learn from Facebook, the Internet, and Other Networks. If this book wasn’t on Kindle, then something about the metaphysics of the universe would have imploded. I downloaded my free sample to my Kindle and will see if I want to buy the entire book.
I am surprised at the number of people in the church who don’t want to be that connected. You would think Facebook is a communist plot and that tweeting is something done by a bird of prey. But the church that is easy with the technologies that connect people is a church with an edge in creating community and belonging to one another.
Being personally present to each other doesn’t just mean getting in a car and driving over. It includes that and sometimes demands it, but it more and more means an invitation into the warp and woof of one’s life by having the chat box open on Facebook, twittering a thought/prayer request/mood/need, text messaging a simple message, and otherwise just showing up in people’s lives.
Some churches are taking this very seriously and benefitting by it. Others are neutral, as in “the old ways still work”, and others see the number of the beast on technology.
Others who are considering fellowship with the church can come into the intricate patterns of fellowship more easily through technology. They can taste and then sense what is going on. Doors are kept open.
Is technology in church budgets in a major way? Not for the most part. It is a here and there thing, but the development of connections and the developing of a connected cultural digitally speaking is still optional for most churches. It shouldn’t be.