Social media and the Church

One of our favorite blogging bishops, the Rt. Rev. Alan Wilson, describes the Diocese of Oxford’s Social Media Day which he recently chaired. He says that “the aim was to gather people working for the Church with an interest in communications, to scope the scene and its possibilities.”


He writes:

One or two soundbites stood out for me from a varied and engaging day sharing experience and possibilities — Tim pointed out the way in which social media amplify conversations going on anyway, engaging young people who are often fluent, but not literate, about the use of these media. He challenged us to try and think through the transition of all communications people from providers of the message to enablers of the message within an enriched network we could not control.

Bishop Wilson lists ten ways that blogging has enriched his ministry as a bishop. Here are two:

#1. This job involves being in a network with many people out there and one of you. May of them want to know you. They may not read what you wrote but the fact that you bothered to try is undeniable

#2. Be yourself! Most of your colleagues only see you on formal occasions, or when they’re in trouble. This makes them think you’re a workaholic or policeman. You’re not, but how would they know? What you reveal in your blog adds dimensions to the way you are seen, for good or ill, usually for good unless you are a complete idiot.

Read the rest here.

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