The real reasons the unchurched don’t attend church

Yesterday, I featured a post about why people attend church. Today, I give you this post about why non-christians are NOT attending church: Of course, this is NOT a real study… but a graphic compiled by Chris Rosebrough… one of my discernment friends. He also lists scripture references for each point. I’d like to hear what YOU think about this. How does this correlate with how you see the work of the church in evangelism? How does this relate to how your church relates to the non-Christian. I was challenged on Twitter that I would ignore this study.  OK… I took the bait....
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Facebook and church discipline

Facebook provides an interesting look for pastors into the lives of their congregation. Sometimes very interesting. But should information gleaned from Facebook or social media be used by pastors as spiritual tools, or even reason for church discipline? Father Gary LaMoine of Assumption Church in Barnesville, MN says a post from a 17-year-old parishioner Lennon Cihak on Facebook showing that he was helping defeat a marriage amendment in Minnesota that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Father LaMoine prevented Cihak from taking communion. So… what do YOU think? Chances are,...
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Pastoral Stress

We all know that serving the church is stressful.  Extremely stressful. Well, a new study by the British Psychological Society has a simple solution that will help cut your stress level.  And I think you should try it right now. Here it is… Shut of your smartphone and ignore your social networks. In fact… here are the recommendations from the study: Organisations will not flourish if their employees are stressed, irrespective of the source of stress, so it is in their interest to encourage their employees to switch their phones off; cut the number of work emails sent out of hours, reduce...
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Social Media Status Update

Cool infographic that shows just how big an impact social media is making at the beginning of 2012:
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Where should I post?

Finally… some sensical reasoning for when/when/why to post to social networking sites. Just follow the simple flow chart: OK… post...
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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...
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Reality of Twitter

Mild language alert.  But what Louis C. K. says is, pretty much, true these days… Todd
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Mom on Facebook?

This infographic from Flowtown shows the trends of older Americans on social networking sites.  This number is increasing dramatically. Take a look at this: Found here. So… just wondering?  Is YOUR mom on Facebook? (Mine is… and she’s...
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Facebook is #1

Margaret Feinberg recently pointed out that Nielsen just came out with a new social media report showing almost 1/4th of Americans’ time on the internet is spent on blogs and social media. Winning by a landslide, Facebook is the leading social website in the US.* More minutes were spent on Facebook, both at work and at home, than 75 times the second leading social network, Blogger: Facebook- 53,457,258 minutes Blogger- 723,793 Tumblr- 623,525 Twitter- 565,156 LinkedIn- 325,679 In terms of Web brands, Facebook had 3 times the minutes spent on it than leading #2 brand, Yahoo. Facebook- 53.5 billion...
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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...
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