#002 – Baptist Leaders and Social Media

with Pastor Mike Kleitz

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With Guest Pastor Mike Kleitz

Mike is the pastor of Calvary Road Baptist Church in New Albany, IN.  He and his wife, Dawn, have two kids of their own and they are also foster parents.  Pastor Kleitz started attending Calvary Road when he was 9 years old.  He went off to Bible College.  He was a Youth Pastor and an Associate Pastor before he came back to Calvary Road Baptist Church in 2004 as the Associate Pastor.  In August of 2006 he became the Co-Pastor before later becoming the Senior Pastor in March of 2007.  Since Pastor Kleitz became the pastor in 2007, they have added a new fellowship center (which became their new Worship Sanctuary), began a bus and van route, started Calvary Road Baptist School.  And they have lately, been seeing God bless the church in great ways.

You can find Pastor Kleitz on Twitter as @CRBC_Pastor

 

So, you are obviously involved in social media yourself so I know where you probably stand on this question, but let me ask you anyway, “Should someone is Baptist church leadership have a social media presence?

 

Barna research released some statistics back in June entitled, “The Rise of the @Pastor”

https://www.barna.org/barna-update/congregations/615-the-rise-of-the-pastor#.UkLtBNKsim4

Here are some of the highlights:

“Social media is here to stay, especially as younger leaders come to be senior pastors,” comments David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group and the director of the Barna study on social media. “While many churches have embraced the platform in recent years, there are plenty who haven’t. The research suggests many faith leaders and churches are still resistant to social media or are using it without realizing its full potential. For example, at its best, Twitter helps people have real-time conversations about ideas and events that are important to them. Yet many churches don’t allow for a two-way engagement—using it instead as merely a vehicle for announcements. While many churches may be uncomfortable encouraging such digital interactions during their worship service, there are plenty of ways to engage with people and events (both local and global) on Twitter throughout the week.

 

Those stats and statements lead me to believe that social media is rising in importance to ministry leaders.  Do you think this is true with specifically with Independent Baptist leaders?

 

So then, how, in what ways should a Baptist Ministry leader use the platform of social media?

 

The Bible says in 1Corinthians_10:23  All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

Do you think that all leaders utilize social media in an expedient/helpful/useful way?  Do they edify?

Pastor Troy Dorrell wrote an article for the Ministry127 website entitled “Is your online speech edifying?” and let me share with you the two main points from the article.  He said,

  • Technology Is Benign, but it Provides a Reflection of the Heart of the User

  • As a Communication Tool, Social Networking Is an Extension of the Tongue

 

There is no shortage of scripture on the issue, but here are a few…

Pro 29:11  A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

Pro 29:20  Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Ecc 5:2  Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Ecc 3:7  THE SECOND PART OF THE VERSE SAYS THAT THERE IS… a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Jas 1:19  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Eph 5:3  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Eph 5:4  Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

But also…

Pro 15:23  A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

Pro 25:11  A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Eph 4:29  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Col_4:6  Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Let your online speech be seasoned with salt.

 

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