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The power of social media is that anyone can share anything with anybody. This technology has not only connected us with other people, but it has given us “a voice” that can be heard far beyond our own physical sphere of influence. It allows us to not just share a funny video, cute picture or quick comment to those within our network, but it has given us the power to share our lives with those who are willing to listen.

Some are of the opinion that social media will somehow disconnect us with people, that it gives us a false sense of relational community. I totally disagree…although I do see their point…BUT in my experiences, social media has actually helped me connect, share and reach more people with my life than ever before. Through social media I can share parts of my life that, until now, were only possible to a select few.

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The power of social media is that anyone can share anything with anybody. This technology has not only connected us with other people, but it has given us “a voice” that can be heard far beyond our own physical sphere of influence. It allows us to not just share a funny video, cute picture or quick comment to those within our network, but it has given us the power to share our lives with those who are willing to listen.

Some are of the opinion that social media will somehow disconnect us with people, that it gives us a false sense of relational community. I totally disagree…although I do see their point…BUT in my experiences, social media has actually helped me connect, share and reach more people with my life than ever before. Through social media I can share parts of my life that, until now, were only possible to a select few.

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Church Shopping Sucks

Eric Baumann  —  November 15, 2011 — 1 Comment

How do you shop for a church anyway? My family and I have recently relocated to the Indianapolis area and we have been looking for a new church. The fact that my wife and I have been in full-time ministry for more than 15 years and that I have been on staff at some great churches…I have dreaded this part of our transition since we made our decision to move. It’s hard when your job has been “doing” church and evaluating ministries and churches for years, not to be overly critical when you walk into a “new church.”¬†From the signage, logo, communication pieces, visual elements of worship and the kid/student areas…my mind naturally goes into evaluation mode and “what is wrong” rather than what is good.

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“They” say that if a new individual or family in the church is not able to develop at least three significant friendships within the first year of their attendance, they WILL leave the church. Why do you think that is? God has deposited in each of us a desire and craving for authentic relationships and community. If this “hunger” is not satisfied both with God and others, we will constantly be “searching for more.” I’m not talking about a casual friendship. When that is the depth of our connection with God and/or with others, we have nothing more than a shallow, “christian” experience.

We were made to “do life” with other followers of Christ and “to pursue Him” together. In the past couple of years, my family and I have had the joy of doing just that with some great friends and families in our weekly Life Group (or small group as some call it) and at Northpoint.

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