FACEBOOK AND THE CHURCH

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

In her novel Open House, best-selling author Elizabeth Berg asks, “Why isn’t there a community center for people who need a little something?

“If people would only tell the truth about the way they felt, it would be busy all the time. There could be folding chairs arranged in groups, people sitting there saying, ‘I don’t know, I just wanted to come here for a while.’”

This is the challenge being undertaken by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who recently used an analogy of the church to describe the importance of creating community. He wanted to highlight Facebook’s new mission: Bring the world closer together.

Here’s My Take: The church, especially in its declining brick-and-mortar form, could learn something from Mr. Zuckerberg.

He understands that people are seeking relationship, a sense of belonging to a caring and relevant community. To the extent that churches can provide this, they will survive.

Bring the world closer together is not a bad mission statement for the church as well.

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