Shane Raynor at Wesley Blog republished on Wesley Daily my most recent post about MySpace, “If you’re not on MySpace, you don’t exist.” Gavin Richardson then added a lengthy comment at Wesley Daily as well as a post on his own blog.
I’d like to comment on something Gavin said:
“our churches” don’t get invovled in this because of the quick percepetion of pedophiles, perversion/sexuality, vulger language, & secular-ness of the community. churches would rather say, ‘don’t go there’ or ‘your not allowed’ than to say, “this is a glimpse of our society and we should be ministering amongst this world and not just watching idly.”
I love the idea of MySpace, Xanga, blogs, etc. because they could give us a way to get involved in the world beyond the walls of the church, which is one of our guiding principles at Resurrection. My questions are aimed at understanding if anyone is already having measurable success with this idea. From what I’m able to determine anecdotally, this is still very early-stage experimenting without much in the way of measurable results (yet).
Gavin, keep up your pioneering work and keep us updated on your progress. I need some good stories of life change to get people at Resurrection excited about this.
I shared the same experience. My local church has not kept the pace with Web 2.0. For that, a group of us are creating MySpace for church. You could tak a look at http://www.beyondplanet.com/alpha/We're asking our local church to test it, but so far not many people take the offer.