Let’s not forget face to face communication

How well do Christians communicate? How do you communicate as a Christian? Face to face? Social Media? Email? Another way?
The Evangelical Alliance ‘snapshot’ guys have released a new set of data about us Evangelical Christians. This time it’s about communication.
I was surprised to learn that we’re communicating quite well face to face. Look! …
You can read the full report here. Whilst this is amazingly good, we need to be aware that face to face communication is by far the best way to evangelise, grow friendships and relationships. If our communication was purely digital or something else other than face to face, I think we would all suffer.
Who said this:

Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with his soul encourages another person to be brave and true.

It was Charles Dickens, a man well before internet and other things. But his prophetic words are very true today. We must never replace technology as a substitute for our souls which ultimately do the best communication by far.

I love communication via social networks, blogs and email- and the internet is proving to be increasingly popular and very efficient by means of communication.

But we have to tread carefully, I believe. There’s a difference between sending an event request to someone on Facebook and physically, personally inviting them face to face. Think about it!
What do you think about face to face vs. digital communication? Do you have a good balance? Which do you prefer and why? Is there a danger that we are becoming less personal in our communication? Is there a temptation for the Church to be less obvious about the Gospel and to feel ‘safe’ by pressing a button to invite someone to church as opposed to exposing themselves in asking people personally? Can we really ‘go out into all the world’ to make Disciples from our own homes?

Fire away in the comments!

Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about