So last week I made this post about helping your youth group with Facebook. Truth be told, I am 50/50, I am not convinced that Facebook is good for my youth group. In most cases it isn’t always negative, but I am not convinced it always has a positive effect on youth ministry. Here’s my #3 reasons why:
- Gossip. Gossip is nasty trait in anyone, especially Christians. Gossip destroys, it doesn’t ever build people up. On Facebook things spread like wild-fire (even moods?!?) especially gossip. Here’s a quick idea, If You’re Not Paying for It; You’re the Product, so Facebook is free to use, in return we give all our personal information so that advertisers can sell us stuff in a targeted way. What do we get in return? Think about it? Gossip is always bad.
- Time wasted. I am so guilty of wasting too much time on Facebook. This blog is part of me trying to distance myself from Facebook. My thinking is if I am going to spend a lot of time online I should be doing something useful. If us youth leaders use Facebook too much, we model that to the kids God has given us to minister too.
- Temptation. For the kids we work with the temptation to mis-behave online is stronger than ever, but I have a sneaky suspicion (based on a few conversations and nothing more) that they maybe more resilient that we give them credit for. The same cannot be said for some of my youth ministry colleagues who have lost their work or families or even their faith because of not putting temptation in its place, more than once this started through Facebook.
These are ideas I have been kicking around for a while, and it is great to have a chance to air them in the wide open. What do you think? Is Facebook always a positive thing for those in ministry?