I had the opportunity to meet some long time Twitter friends in person a while back.
It was a fun time; everything went well. I discovered I had a big hole in my life from never visiting a Hastings store before that day. This place is fantastic. It is a geek’s dream. How cool is this place? I discovered I left my lights on before we went into the place, and by the time we left, the car battery had recharged itself. This, dear friends, underscores the awesomeness of Hastings.
Anyhoo, the conversation was valuable… and not just because I spend most days conversing with a rambunctious 4-yr-old high on Horseland. Being past and present church workers in love with gadgets, the conversation eventually and predictably touched on church social networking. We laughingly shared war stories. Some of the anecdotes were so eerily similar that we openly wondered if we had worked at the same church in the past. In that moment, @tarrydiggs and @timbaker3 became Bill and Tim respectively.
One strategy that I was interested in is a social event they host at church that is especially well-received by the local college folks. It is a musical event, but isn’t regular hymns though. This is contemporary music by contemporary groups, and within this social fellowship, the hosting church doesn’t necessarily look to beat beast people over the head with scripture, but rather the emphasis is on connections.
This isn’t a big megachurch by any means, but I think it’s a big-hearted church doing big things.
It’s always cool when online connections can grow into face-to-face fellowship.