Social Media Changing Our Perspective Of Community

I was recently pondering the influence of social media on being a follower of Christ. With ‘Social Networking’ communication has been taken to a whole new level, we can interact immediately, access information instantaneously and find people promptly… and if we can’t we get frustrated! What impact will it have on our interaction with one another? What impact does it have to the way we view community and how we gather?   I propose that a major shift is already occurring in our perception of ‘authentic community’ and it will have dramatic impact on how communicate and gather as believers.   Think of it this way.. typically the church has gathered once a week, in one place, with a group of the same people at a specific time. Imagine with me for a minute if this wasn’t the case.. If we eliminated the specific ‘one place’ we gathered, we gathered more than once a week and it wasn’t at the same time each week? To summarise the impact social networking is having – it changes ‘the way we gather’, at ‘what time’, ‘the place’ and ‘how often’ we gather… if we can do this every day in a online virtual world (and we ‘like’ it ‘like’ that – facebook lol )   It won’t be long before we expect this interaction in the way gather every day. Even if we ‘like’ it or not, it’s already happening.   So what’s your experience.. are you seeing some social changes?

A Vision For a Deeper Kind Of Community – AwakeningLife

In a few weeks we will be launching the long awaited AwakeningLife Australia www.lifenetwork.com.au (soon http://www.awakeninglife.com.au)

So what is AwakeningLife all about?

AwakeningLife is being birthed out of a vision to see a vibrant community of Christ centred followers who’s passion is ‘to become fully devoted followers of Christ’ in every area of their life, ministry, groups and gatherings.

AwakeningLife has seen a variety of church expressions developing in Australia and want to assist them with quality teaching material, rich sermon content on culturally relevant platforms (Social Media, Internet, Mobile Devices) We believe a united organic network of believers who are manifesting Gods presence will start a movement of exponential proportions!

We have a real passion to see lives transformed forever by Jesus. We fundamentally believe that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. We are striving to replicate the passion and drive the early church had for Christ, and so we are harnessing this same zeal to assist people to experience the indwelling love of Christ Jesus in every area of their life!

AwakeningLife hopes to;

– Assist believers in becoming ‘Fully Devoted Followers Of Christ’

– Supporting smaller groups (associated to a denomination or not)

– Underpin organic groups gathering in communities

– Assist under resourced church groups (regional or metro areas)

– Helping churches who want assistance in ministering to their community

– Help grow non-denominational simple/organic church gatherings

So how can we help.. or how can you help us?

Pray for us.. and if the spirit gets you inquisitive about AwakeningLife then please contact us.. if we can support your church, group, family and your walk with God then let us know!

daniel@awakeningit.com