Facebook was in the news for all the wrong reasons this week. Is now the time to delete Facebook?

No.

Opportunity

Facebook is a platform to share lots of things – one of which is hope.

On Christmas Eve 2017, North Pointe had its highest ever single day attendance – 3,300 people.

Hundreds of guests came to North Pointe because of an ad seen by Facebook users. North Pointers shared it to invite their friends and family.

Canadian, Thom Rainer of Growing Healthy Churches says, “If you’re not using Facebook you’re missing a huge opportunity to reach people.”

Users

* 59 billion monthly active users

* 1.038 billion daily users

* 72% of online adults visit Facebook at least monthly.

* The average user spends 20+ minutes daily on it.

* 91% of Millennials use Facebook.

Facilitating Meaningful Relationships

Facebook recently introduced a new algorithm that has the primary goal of facilitating meaningful interactions. For you, that means potentially seeing less posts, but seeing posts that are more relevant to you and your relationships.

North Pointe relies on social media for the majority of our social promotion, but this new algorithm may have affected the reach and influence of our posts. That’s where you come in. In order for posts to reach as many people as possible, they need to be a part of your daily community and conversation.

It would mean so much to us for you to share or engage with our posts, not only so that they reach more people, but so that we can more effectively engage with our community. We invite you to be a part of the mission of North Pointe and make your meaningful interactions even more meaningful, by sharing the hope of Jesus.

Hackers

Like anything in life, Facebook depends on how you use it. Cyber-bullying, distraction, ruined relationships, insecurity, and stalker friendly are the most often identified downsides.

Facebook can be a place that’s not trustworthy, where many false pieces of information (including rumors, gossip, and stereotypes) can be spread with lightning speed. #fakenews

It’s also a place where, if you’re not careful, hackers can get your personal details.

Depending on what you share, some folks get very upset about sports or politics or religion, and they might respond to your post in a rude manner.

Facebook is not private – if you post a picture of yourself doing something foolish, you may think you can just delete it, but there are ways for people to still find it.

Hacks

Using Facebook wisely means I can connect easily with family, friends and colleagues around the world.

I’ve found and re-connected with people I haven’t talked to in decades. We’ve shared faith stories and life changes.

Think before you post something. Don’t get baited into the evil of Facebook’s rudeness and venting.

Update your status by sharing good news and THE good news.

APPLICATION: Post the image above of Easter at North Pointe in your FB status. Share North Pointe’s Facebook page, Easter posts and new website as a means of informing and inviting your friends to hear about Jesus at North Pointe. Thank you.


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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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