Hits and Misses: modesty glasses, Jesus burgers, and Benny Hinn

Here’s a look at this week’s hits and misses:

Here are some links.  If you’d like to watch our entire FILTER podcast from this week, you can go here… 

Pat Robertson’s wife-beating joke

God still talking with Jim Bakker through alliteration

Modesty Glasses

Crowd-sourcing your church plant

Church Project Uses Letters, Social Media, to Spread God’s Love

Church suing for right to hand out flyers in front of Mormon church

Brunswick pastor goes door to door handing out condoms

Jesus Burgers

The Rise of the Corporate Chaplain

Think before you give away that free water

Churches Come Together Seeking Justice

Benny Hinn’s remarriage ceremony cancelled?

Neighbors Upset About Church Noise Outside Atlanta

Is Facebook a Passing Fad?

Is Facebook a Passing Fad?

Nearly half of Americans think so.

According to Mashable: A poll conducted by the Associated Press and CNBC found that 46% of respondents think Facebook will fade away as new platforms come along in the future. However, about 43% believe the site will likely be successful for the long haul.

So… what do YOU think?

My guess is that it will fade just like most things do.

So will Twitter.

It will be like a cassette tape.  Or a CD (for that matter).

We’ll still be connecting online, but with something newer and shinier than Facebook.

Using facebook in 2015 may be like sending a fax today.

As we’ve seen… things change quickly… very quickly.

What do YOU think the future will look like?  Will Facebook be a huge part of it or not?

And how are YOU using Facebook differently today than you did… say… a year ago?

(For me… I use Facebook primarily with people that I actually know in real life.  I use Twitter to follow people around ideas and thoughts.)

Would love to hear your input!



Social Media Status Update

Social Media Status Update

Cool infographic that shows just how big an impact social media is making at the beginning of 2012:

60% of us church-goers like to text

60% of us church-goers like to text

A new survey from Pew says that some 40% of Americans are active in a church, religious, or spiritual organization. Compared with those who are not involved with such organizations, religiously active Americans are more trusting of others, are more optimistic about their impact on their community, think more highly of their community, are more involved in more organizations of all kinds, and devote more time to the groups to which they are active.

When it comes to their technology profile, Americans who are members of religious groups are just as likely as others to use the internet, have broadband at home, use cell phones, use text messaging, and use social networking sites and Twitter.

Here’s a breakdown of more of the findings:

– 9 percent of those actively involved in religious groups use Twitter, the same percentage as the general population.

– 46 percent of those in religious groups use social networking sites — almost identical to the 47 percent of all adults.

– 60 percent of both groups use text messaging.

– 79 percent of those actively involved in religious groups use the Internet while 76 percent of all adults do so.

– 9 percent of weekly churchgoers use Twitter (15 percent of monthly churchgoers and 14 percent of less frequent churchgoers do so). 

– 26 percent of weekly churchgoers make donations online (35 percent of monthly churchgoers; 27 percent of less frequent churchgoers).

– 70 percent of weekly churchgoers who have a cell phone send or receive text messages (80 percent of monthly churchgoers; 77 percent of less frequent churchgoers).

– 36 percent of weekly churchgoers use their cell phone to access the Internet (51 percent of monthly churchgoers; 45 percent of less frequent churchgoers). 

via Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Baptist Press

98% use social media

98% use social media

According to Experian Simmons, 98% is one eye-opening statistic for any reader, but that’s how many adults aged eighteen to twenty-four in the United States are reportedly using social media in a typical month. The study, conducted by consumer insight service Experian Simmons, estimates that roughly 129 million people — that’s 41.37% of the total US population of 311.8 million — are using social media to stay in touch with both friends and family.

More statistics:

46% of all online adults use social media to communicate with friends, up from 32% in 2009.

27% say they use social media to stay in touch with their siblings, up from 15% in 2009.

18% use social media to stay in touch with their children, up from just 6% of online adults in 2009

14% of adult children use social media to communicate with their parents, up from 5% in 2009.

via 98% of online US adults aged 18-24 use social media.

WOW… 98% of 18-24 year olds are using social media in a month (primarily Twitter and Facebook, I would imagine).  That would tend to tell me that if your church is anywhere close to reaching 18-24 year olds, that you would have a well-thought out social media strategy in place to attract or at least to engage them.

Does YOUR church?

Why or why not?



20% of divorce linked to facebook

20% of divorce linked to facebook

A recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that Facebook is cited in one in five divorces in the United States. Also, more than 80 percent of divorce lawyers reported a rising number of people are using social media to engage in extramarital affairs.

“We’re coming across it more and more,” said licensed clinical psychologist Steven Kimmons, Ph.D., of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. “One spouse connects online with someone they knew from high school. The person is emotionally available and they start communicating through Facebook. Within a short amount of time, the sharing of personal stories can lead to a deepened sense of intimacy, which in turn can point the couple in the direction of physical contact.”

via Science Blog.

OK… most of you are involved neck-deep in ministry.  Are you seeing this trend?  20% of divorces having a tie to Facebook?  True or made up?



Social Media Class of 2011

Social Media Class of 2011

If social media were in high school… this is what you might find in their senior yearbook:

Class Of 2011: If Social Media Were a High School
Flowtown – Social Media Marketing Application

Changes in Staffing

Changes in Staffing

My friend Jim Sheppard has posted an interview with William Vanderbloemen and Justin Lathrop on how they see staffing issues changing in churches today.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • They are starting to see new staff positions emerging, particularly among the larger and more innovative churches.  Examples:  Pastor of Social Media, Pastor of Generosity.
  • The role of the Executive Pastor seems to be expanding. More churches are hiring XPs these days.
  • Campus Pastors for multi-site churches are still in big demand, but they are not merely administrative roles…many have to be gifted communicators as well to fill in the gaps with speaking.
  • Succession is THE looming issue in the church.

You can read more details here… it’s good stuff.

Is social media taking over your life?

Is social media taking over your life?

I LOVE social media.  I’m a big user of Twitter, Facebook, and love to play around with new forms of social media.  But at the same time, i have to keep myself in check.  Too much Twitter is a bad thing.  And an obsession with Facebook can make you virtuously worthless.

This parody from a Dallas news station makes a great point.  Social media is now integrated into the very fiber of our lives.

As pastors and church leaders, we need to harness the power of social media without going overboard.

Anyone who is not utilizing social media (or at least beginning to) will be missing out on a great opportunity to connect with your people.

Take a look at this:

How do YOU use social media?  How do you know when you’re getting too absorbed?  What parameters do YOU have when it comes to social media?


25 Things I Hate About Facebook

25 Things I Hate About Facebook

I’m an on and off again Facebook user.  I liked this video.  It pretty much sums up Facebook for me…

What do you think?  Do you use Facebook?  How do you use it best?


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