Does liveblogging belong in church?
So right after I finished my debut as a liveblogger, I changed my Facebook status, indicating that I was planning to liveblog my colleague’s sermon on Sunday. (This is likely to be much better fare than what I generally emit from the pulpit, I might add.)
There’s a little discussion going on in the comments to my Facebook status. Some people seem to feel that liveblogging a sermon would be inherently wrong. I agree that the kind of snarky liveblog I wrote would not be edifying. However, how cool would it be to have a liveblog — running thoughts, comments, questions — that might foster a new attention to the art of preaching?
I think we actually need to get serious about putting some Web 2.0 magic to work in our churches. Church Marketing Sucks has some suggestions for using Twitter in your church. There are all sorts of ways Twitter could be useful, especially if we’re trying to reach the younger set.
After 30 seconds of trying to find it, I just gave up, but I read a post not long ago about a church that put a display near the pulpit. Anyone in the church could Twitter a message onto the display. It was a transformative experience, with the congregation interacting with the preacher in a new way. Think of it as the Web 2.0 version of traditional African-American preaching/listening style.
I won’t really liveblog this sermon this Sunday. But it’s a pretty nifty idea, I think. At first, I was being silly in suggesting it. The reaction on Facebook has convinced me that it might be an experiment worth trying. I just need to think about how and why. And I need to assure my colleague that I would be nice. Maybe she should liveblog my sermon. Hmmm…..
UPDATE: Down in the comments, I see that Rachel has found the article about Twittering in church. Thanks!