This is the first part of a 2 part series by Graham Brenna. He can be found blogging at GBrenna.com.
That’s right! There is no patience on the internet.
The internet is one large call to action. You won’t find a link online that says, “it’s okay if you don’t click this link” except for this one, (okay be honest… you clicked it didn’t you?). Think about it though for a minute. Everything you see online is telling you to ACT NOW! Not tomorrow… not the next day… NOW!
We have become an culture based around instant gratification. We use social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Blogs to get connected NOW. Therefore I submit (and am knowingly not the first person to do so) that many of the same principles applied to marketing and communication on the internet can and should be utilized in ministry.
If you’re in a church uses print media as its main form of communication you know that takes time to adopt social media as an additional tool for communicating. This is a big change for a lot of churches.
One of the biggest resistances to change is the worry of what people will think. However in ministry we know this great truth that if you trust in God… it’ll all work out! We preach that all the time! In fact, just recently, one of my pastors, Pastor Mark Borgetti, preached on this very topic:
He told the story of a man who impressed a crowd at Niagara Falls by crossing on a tight-rope. He did other neat tricks and eventually asked the crowd if there were any volunteers to sit in a wheelbarrow as he pushed it across the rope. Many of the people were nervous to jump in the wheelbarrow. I’m gonna be honest… I probably wouldn’t have done it. Surprisingly enough though, one person DID volunteer! Think of the kind of faith this volunteer must have had in the tight-rope walker! Whoa… reflect on that for a moment!
The wheelbarrow I’m afraid to jump in is patience. Why are we so afraid of patience?