This past week, I joined the buzzing new social media platform coined “Clubhouse.” As an audio-based conversation platform it is closer to LinkedIn than to Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok. It has a drop-in feature that allows you to join public or private conversations about topics ranging from technology, to professional development, to healthy living, to sports, to the future of the church.
Users hold the microphone and are able to create communities that host panels. guest speakers, and other discussion events. On Thursday evening, Mark Zuckerberg dropped in to a Clubhouse room to talk the future of tech. Imagine the possibilities for new church communities in spaces like this.
When I first joined, I was surprised that the conversations were not random groups of friends talking about life or whatever it is that you expect on Facebook or Twitter. No, the conversations were driven. It was much more professional-focused and targeted to leaders in a given industry. But at the same time, everyone had a voice and was able to chip-in to the discussion.
After a clubhouse conversation about the future of the church with nearly sixty participants, someone that I had never met wrote a reflection about what he had witnessed. I encourage you to read the article below and think about some of these questions.
Questions to ponder:
- How is the Holy Spirit moving online? In what ways do we see God present in the conversations that we have?
- Lutz wrote, “platforms comes an go but the church endures.” How will your church or ministry survive when the platform you have invested loses its relevancy?
- Clubhouse is a new sort of social media that uses voice instead of image. What potential do you see for the church in platforms that do not rely on imagery?
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