This summer, July 29-31, Luther Seminary is hosting a conference on the theme Stewardship with Adults Under 40: Possibilities Abound. I’m attending (and will be giving a presentation titled, “New Ideas, New Media, New Moves”) and I’m really excited to think about these great questions with those gathered. As we say in the south, “Y’all might should come along.”
The event website is here. A promo post of mine went out yesterday in the Stewardship for the 21st Century e-newsletter. I’ll excerpt it below, and encourage you to sign-up for the newsletter (and finish reading the piece) at this website.
Stewardship and Social Media
I wake up to my iPhone alarm blaring. A few minutes later, I’m reading my local newspaper, then the New York Times on my iPad, sharing interesting articles on my Facebook wall and tweeting others. Next, I drive to a coffee shop and pay with Square, an app on my phone that syncs with the iPad at the counter. Using Square, when I enter the coffee shop my headshot automatically appears on the iPad and the barista simply says, “Thanks, Adam” after I order, pressing her finger on the screen to charge my credit card. I make a mental note to pull up the app and add a tip later. Finally, I arrive at church, checking-in on Foursquare, a geo-location social app that connects with my Facebook check-ins. Before silencing and putting away my phone, I respond to a few comments on the newspaper articles I shared earlier. Finally, I settle into my pew.
Such a tech-heavy Sunday morning is not unusual for me, nor for other Millennials or Gen Xers. Indeed, culturally speaking, perhaps the most unusual part of that scenario—sadly—is that I actually end up in church at all. Mobile technologies and the social media abilities they allow are not going away. Their ubiquity calls the church to action in a least two ways.
First, people of faith must ask the question: “How is God calling us to be stewards of social media?”…. read more at Stewardship for the 21st Century