Thanks to John for the opportunity to guest post here on ChurchCrunch and piggy back off his The ‘Pastor’ Effect in Social Media post on Monday.
My family background is German. And while I don’t speak a lick of German, my wife and I have hosted an Oktoberfest at our house every year for the last 11 years. We invite our friends from church, our neighbors, guys I play soccer with, people from all walks of life.
It’s a great time with food and games and yes, beer.
Most years my senior pastor stops by for a little while, and an interesting thing happens.
When people from the church notice the pastor there, some of them start casually walking away from their beer bottles or place them strategically behind other objects. I also noticed that while there is some occasional swearing during the ‘fest I never seem to hear any when in earshot of the pastor.
Our church believes drinking in moderation is ok, but it’s interesting how some people feel the impulse to put on their best behavior around the pastor.
John asked if when a pastor adopts a social media tool if that can cause a mass-adoption to occur. But I also wonder if when a pastor steps into a social networking space if that might cause people to alter their behavior.
If your pastor was your Facebook friend, would you still post pics from girls night out or guys poker night? Would you think twice about your tweets and status updates? Would people in your church be less authentic online?
If your pastor has jumped into social networking, what effect has it had?
[Image from PaulLew]