I’ve been blogging and twittering for nearly a year now and I’m amazed at how many great people that I have struck up friendships with. I now have new friends in Oregon, California, North Carolina, Indiana, New York, Florida, Georgia, Alabama… it really blows my mind when I consider how social networking is resulting in real relationships.
The best part about many of these new friendships is that we share a common thread of church work or simply a common faith. I love the large circle of Christ-followers that I now have access to… it brings a new level of community for the purposes of prayer, accountability, sharing of ideas, or just a good laugh with some one who is working out their own salvation.
In the past week, I have connected with a worship leader here in Charleston, SC that I met through twitter; we have had lunch a couple of times now and are becoming good friends. I had a tokbox conversation with the creative director from a church in Arkansas; we were able to discuss the challenges and victories we both face in our jobs and how we’d like to explore ways to get people together in new ways to share our collective ideas and materials. On Thursday, I’m having coffee with a church planter (that I met through twitter) who is starting a church this spring. I look forward to hearing about his passion for reaching people for Christ. Without social networking, I doubt I would have ever come into contact with these guys.
As we are looking at what this new year holds for our churches and faith communities, I hope to connect with more great people who are doing what God has called them to do in places all over the world. We have so many ways available to us now that allow us to encourage each other, pray for each other and learn from each other.
Who are you connecting with?