The featured photo is the result of our AACF SoCal staff training seminar on social media led by DJ Chuang. How better to capture the atmosphere of social media by having each of the attending staff take a selfie and then arrange our devices together for a group photo!
DJ helped the AACF staff examine how the world is changing in communication, culture, community, church, leadership, and work. Social media is the platform for this change. Here are a few of the highlights from the seminar:
- Communication has become the “many to many”. Because of social media, anyone can have a free stage to share their opinion.
- Culture has become global. Because of social media, anyone can experience the culture of a different part of the world.
- Community has become “glocal” – global and local. Social media can connect you with a friend down the street and across the ocean at the same time, and both can be close friends.
These changes have implications for ministry. We have the opportunity to do ministry 24/7. We have the opportunity to share prayer requests immediately around the world. We have the opportunity to creatively proclaim the Gospel to unreached communities. Social media can be a platform to share and embody (communicate) the Gospel. Social media instantly connects us to friends in different continents. Social media creates a forum for innovative expression through videos, photos, and written word.
Our time with DJ was educational and inspirational. It oriented us to the changes that are happening around us. It gave us awareness, a third person perspective, to our current cultural setting. It also challenged us to dream about the future of campus ministry. We wrestled with the question “if this is the trend of culture, how should we do ministry?” Although we did not come to any strategic conclusions, it reminds us that we need to be both, adaptive and steadfast, when proclaiming the Gospel and ministering to the lost.
With trends, we take on Paul’s attitude from 1 Thessalonians 5:21, “but test them all; hold on to what is good.” Social media presents many opportunities and pitfalls. But we examine them and wisely use them for God’s glory.
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