Sunday, May 3, 2009

Would you Twitter or tweet during church service?

I used to watch a woman file her nails during church service while growing up. Even as a child I thought it was odd because I knew if I did something like that, my mother would say I was being disrespectful. You'd think that same logic would apply to tweeting or using Twitter in church, and maybe at my old church they would tell you not to tweet while the pastor preached, but at John Voelz's church you'd be encouraged to whip out your Blackberry and share the Word of God.

According to Time Magazine, Volez, a pastor in Michigan, decided Twitter could be used as a tool to liven up church services:
Voelz and David McDonald, the other senior pastor at Westwinds Community Church in Jackson, Mich., spent two weeks educating their congregation about Twitter, the microblogging site that challenges users to communicate in 140 characters or less. They held training sessions where congregants brought in their laptops, iPhones and Blackberrys. They upped the bandwidth in the auditorium.
The article says Voelz's church is not alone in tweeting the Gospel. Time story here.


Marvalus said...

I am so opposed to this...I've always believed, and was raised to respect the fact that when you are in church, you are to be focused on getting the Word. How are you going to do that if you whip out your Blackberry to tweet about what Sister Margaret has on, or about Mother Gloria's hat?

How is this helping?

Vérité Parlant said...

You know a lot of people, especially in black churches, would be tweeting about the hats, but it seems in the churches mentioned in the Times article, people were sharing their faith via Twitter and thought son the sermon.

For me, it would be hard to tweet and actually listen to the pastor. Even as a writer/reporter, when I decide I want to experience something, I have to stop writing and listen, focus on the speaker.

I hope they don't get hung up on who sent the best tweets. :-)

Vérité Parlant said...

Have to add, Marvalus that the people who would tweet about the hats probably don't really listen anyway, Twitter or not. Their minds are on material things.

msladydeborah said...

While I was reading this post I was thinking about my elders. I could hear my godmother asking,"Do you want me to mark you?" Which was her way of letting us know that we were definitely about to get it for some form of miscondut.

I cannot imagine this being okay in any church that I would attend.
If it became a practice I would probably leave that particular body.

There is a time and place for everything. Twittering during service is not a good thing in my personal opinion.

lilalia said...

What ever happened to listening and letting the words pore over your soul and for your spirit to find some consolation... must be so Old Hat. Filing her nails... that woman's mother has something to answer for. My mother used to have this "wait until we get home" look that would even calm our figgiting.

Marvalus said...

I can't even imagine the look my granny would give me if I whipped out my blackberry and started using it during church lilalia said, that look still stops me in my tracks and I'm almost 40!

And you are right VP, if they are tweeting/twittering about the hats and clothes, then they aren't there for the right reasons anyway. But I really don't see any difference in tweeting/twittering about that and what the word are you supposed to get IT if you are busy fiddling with your mobile device?

I don't even see how that happens...

Vérité Parlant said...

That's what my thing would be, Marva. I would be so focused on what I was tweeting, I'd miss most of the sermon.

Here's something funny to think about. What about men tweeting in church? Since when can they listen and do something else at the same time? LOL.