Kem Meyer, the Communications Director at Granger Community Church, has a couple of interesting recent posts on the potential role that internet-based social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter can play in the life and dynamics of the local church. One of them is provocatively entitled "Why is Twitter or Facebook Worth Your Time?" This is an area of interest to me, personally, and I know it is to some of you who read my blog.
A couple of weeks ago, our church started a Group on Facebook and we currently have just under 10% of our weekly attendance represented in this group. Here's what is good about that. Relationship is based on communication, and Facebook has already proven that it is not merely just one more way to talk to other people in our community. It has, in fact, shown itself to be an effective, genuinely positive way to deepen friendships, to mobilize volunteers, to connect ministry team members, to disseminate news and prayer requests of mutual interest, and, generally, to enable participants to "share life" in a new way and with greater immediacy than is available through other means. I know of at least one case where members who did not previously know each other become "friends" on Facebook, and then turn that virtual relationship into an actual relationship.
btw, I stole the graphic from Kem's website.