Covenant prayer group, meet roving prayer group

Scary or exciting?

Matt Stone reports on locational social networking, and muses on its potential for the church and missions in his blog, Glocal Chrisitianity:

“I’ve got my eye on the subculture potential. Imagine the scenes that you’re in. What if, as you’re walking down the street, your smart phone alerted you to the fact that that coffee shop / book store over there was becoming real popular with your friends or interest group of choise, and that some mates were hanging out there right now?”

I am excited thinking about the spontaneous prayer meeting potential – I have long been a fan of serendipitously meeting a friend for a quick chat and a prayer, but the idea that serendipity could be given a bit of an edge over near miss by an app notifying me that I was walking right by a cafe where a friend of mine was sitting?

The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. (John 3:8, NRSV)

2 responses

  1. You’re so right, Sarah. I’m a big proponent of leveraging social networking for ministry. Check out a blog I run with other pastors and conference staff about “faith and tech” – http://faithandtech.nccumc.net/. The two most recent posts are about social networking and ministry.
    There’s a comic I saved from Rev! magazine when I saw it. A man is talking to his pastor in the pastor’s office…
    Pastor: “So how has your week been Phil?”
    Phil: “Well obviously you haven’t been reading my tweets.”
    It’s smarmy (is that a word?) but it’s got a kernel of truth: social networking in ministry is one form of being “present” to a congregation.
    Plus there’s lots of other benefits. Remind me sometime to tell you about how last January when churches in Raleigh closed for snow, the one I was at held church on Facebook!

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