From the GA website - “Just because you start a Facebook page doesn’t mean young people will come to your church,” outgoing General Assembly Moderator the Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow told Presbyterians attending the GA Media Luncheon on Monday. The lunch was cosponsored by Presbyterian Media Mission and the Church Restoration Group.
Speaking on “The Changing Landscape of Youth and Media,” Reyes-Chow shared lessons he has learned as a parent, pastor and pioneer in the field of doing ministry through social media. The 41-year-old pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco co-hosts a weekly podcast and uses Facebook, blogging and Twitter to interact with members of his congregation.
The church has a responsibility for nurturing and guiding young adults, the so-called millennial generation, in safe and healthy ways of using social media, said Reyes-Chow. He said he likes to think of social media as “an approach to living that provides a space to discern God’s intentions for the world.”
Older and younger generations use social media differently, he said. While older people tend to use media to accomplish something, millennials see it simply as a natural way to interact with others.