Internet /social media.
The advent of social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Google+, Flicker, Tiktok, snapchat, Telegram, Whatsapp, Zoom, etc, etc) has heralded a new dispensation for the church as well. Though most churches preached against them, there is no doubt that just the same trend we noticed with radio and tv will eventually be adopted. The COVID-19 pandemic suddenly forced churches to adopt the social media technologies that they were crucifying their youths for having. You could get on the bandwagon now or criticize now and get on the bandwagon later. Any which way you must get on to it.

The New Move of God:
Where radio and TV gave us media icons, social media has clearly come to underline the new move of God for the church. The church is transitioning from the era of “a great man of God” to the era of “great people of God.” God’s plan now is not to have a mega preacher taking the stage; it is to have empowered people taking the world. The average church in America is made up of 200 members. A church attains a mega church status when its population reaches 2000 membership. Most people reading this will have more than 1000 facebook friends and many more on twitter and other mobile platforms. 

Each Christian youth is already a mega pastor as posts are twitted and made to go viral in a matter of minutes!

We are in the middle of the biggest communication shift since the advent of the printing press and in fact since the beginning of the world. Take a look at the statistics:

As At January 2020:
Facebook has over 1.69 billion users. (over 27 million in Nigeria)

Two billion YouTube users upload over 400 hours of videos every minute. 

Everyday over 1 billion hours of videos are watched on YouTube alone. 
Instagram has over 1 billion users.  

Let’s Bring It Home…
98.4Million Nigerians had access to the internet as at 2019

WhatsApp is the most active social media platform in the country with 85% of users. The second is Facebook at 78%, Instagram is third at 57%, followed by FB Messenger at 54% and Youtube at 53%.

What do these mean for the Church? How can Christians harness these new tools to reach out, to teach, to build community, and to change the world?

Everything Is Changing In The Digital World…
Families are changing
Jobs and careers are changing
Leadership is changing
The way agriculture is done is changing
The way we travel is changing
Whether we like it or not the way we worship is also changing.
The question is not whether we want to accept technology and its changes. We always accept it – sooner or later. The question we are here today to address is how best we can adapt and adopt the technology we have. What are the challenges we may face? How do we overcome these challenges?

Are you ready to become a pastor of pastors? Every youth in your church today is already a mega pastor with over 1000 followers on social media. These people listen to them.
They have more influence than 90% of the pastors who lead local churches across the country. How are they using that influence? 

You ignore or downplay this move to your detriment. The church can build this army into a big win or .... 

To Be Continue
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