This is today’s replay of Christian Discipleship TV. We discussed how to make the most of your social media (Google+ Christian Discipleship Community) experience.
Panelist: +J.R. Miller, +Jeff Klick, +Michael Duncan, +Brian Whiteside,+Shawn Savage, +Michelle Hollomon, +jason velotta, and +lyn smith
The early part of our show was a good discussion of both the power of online technology and also its limitations for discipleship. Here are a few extra thoughts that I wrote down during the show.
1. What Would Jesus Tweet?
“How would Jesus use technology?” This question comes up often in conversations and I think it is really a red herring… a distraction from the questions we need to ask. The fact is that Jesus did not have technology. BECAUSE God did not CHOSE be incarnate in the age of technology Jesus chose the time and place of his birth and he chose a time when technology did not exist. God chose his time for a reason. So Jesus ALREADY chose not to use technology to fulfill his mission and therefore asking, “how would Jesus use it?” is irrelevant since he already decided not to. So the real question of value is not about Jesus, but how can technology help us fulfill our mission to make disciples… and I think the panel deals with this question very well.
2. Relationship Layers
We talked a lot about the limits of technology, and I think it is important to see venues like Google + as one “layer” of relationship. Technology creates a variety of layers we need to invest in. The outermost layer is Twitter and the innermost layer is still person to person. In between, there are a myriad of choices that allow us to develop relationships and move them from the most superficial to the most intimate.
3. You Need to Disciple Online
I have a short 10 minute video on the power of online and how to move through these layers. Check it out HERE and feel free to leave a comment on how you use technology to foster relationships on the internet.