Whether we like it or not social media is here to stay. So we can rebel against it or we can leverage it for the glory of God. Here are the advantages of social media:
The most important to me are the conversations that I would never have without it. For example, my father died last year and I wrote about it in a blog. People came out of the woodwork that were grieving, but would never have spoken to me about it without my writings.
A second amazing use I have discovered is the extension of the sermons I do on weekends. Instead of people forgetting about what was said, we are having conversations all week. Conversations that would never happen without social media.
A third use I have discovered (I am not sure I want to admit this) is the ability for me to look at facebook and get a quick, but accurate state of the flock. Just listening to conversation is very illuminating. When appropriate I even enter the conversation to provide influence.
And last, but not least, I have been able to have world-wide conversations where two things have happened that would not have happened except for social media. First, I can see what others are saying on different topics, which is helpful. Second, I have contributed to the conversation.