I love social media! The connectivity, the quickness of conversation, and the ability to archive life are aspects of twitter and facebook that are so enjoyable!
Here is a concern (and this may be a recurring post…) and probable should be called a pet peeve that reveals our humanity:
Social media has become one of the greatest marketing and communication tools available. Having said that, I believe its become one of the most overused forms of communication, by everyone including pastors too.
As a Pastor, I love that I can use Twitter and Facebook to promote upcoming events, but I try to temper it within reason. I also like to Tweet and post some of the lunacy of life too. Its an outlet. What has become humorous to me is the constantly over the top positive posts of some pastors/ministers I know. They are so over the top, they lose the appearance of honesty and sincerity. This is what I call “the sincerity of the post”.
What I mean by sincerity of the post is that there is always the constant positive posting that never engages the honesty of the situation. Everyone can’t have “the greatest team” ever, and everyone knows that, especially other leaders.
As a leader, I have strict rules that you never air private issues in public, but I also know too that my glossing over of all issues diminishes the power of my positive posts.
Knowing that these type of posts will never be posted by others or me for that matter. I thought that in the desire to peel back the curtain, and show the face of Oz that I will post several tweets that you will never see a Pastor post. Hope you enjoy:
- This is the longest service too, so wish they would wrap it up.
- My staff is driving me nuts! What I wish that I could place them on Survivor with the knowledge of knowing some won’t come back.
- Tamborines should never be allowed in church.
- Some people really do have a rhythm problem… please clap on the 1 & 3 or 2 & 4 – not the 2 & 7…
- If our Youth Pastor gets another ticket in the church van…
- Sometimes I’m thankful new people don’t come to church – these are not loving people to be associated with… I know how Jesus felt!
- I’m thankful you donated your tv to the church: I so wish it worked and it wasn’t crap. Do you really think God honors you giving us crap?
- When you walk up and ask me if I’m busy, and a phone is to my head, and I’m typing – the answer is yes…
What you need to know most about pastors/ministers is this truth:
Mostly, pastors are human, fragile people trying to accomplish their calling, depending on Him for strength and ability, and hoping for grace… thank you for loving us!
Remember too, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain… its you back there too…