I have been actively involved in social media for over a decade. In that time I created a Facebook page that in 2011 was the most engaged Religious page on the planet. I ended up starting numerous pages that collectively reached 100s of millions of people with God’s message of love each month. My public page on Facebook presently is followed by nearly half a million people. I have published countless posts that each reached over a million people, the largest was a post that was seen by more than a 100 million people.
From my success with social media, I built a social media company that helped Christian ministries leverage this new way to connect.
I have on a consistent basis managed to engage (and enrage!) people with meaty topics from tattoos to woman in church leadership.
When Judah drowned, I shared the devastating news on Facebook just minutes after it happened, calling for prayer. Social media has been a deeply personal communication device for quite some time.
I have produced thousands of pieces of content over the years via Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, my blog and WhatsApp.
And its time to stop.
A week from today I will no longer engage with social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, WhatsApp, or on Instagram.
I am in a new stage of life, where I am going to focus on immediate relationships, people I can talk to in person, call on the phone or write a personal note to. I am going to focus on serving and leading in the local and the immediate context.
I love how God has used me through social media, I have found instruction, encouragement and much joy. I have also been stunned by how rude people can be, how easily misled we often are, and how myopic and entrenched we have become. But this isn’t why I am finishing social media, the time has come to focus on those around me, to step away from the world of clever quotes and funny memes, towards real, hands-on service, advocacy, teaching and care.
I will be around on social media for another week, so feel free to reach out to me. Let’s work out ways we can stay in touch, maybe one day meet in person, talk on the phone or send each other a letter.
Addition: Following a huge response to people asking me to remain involved somehow, I have decided to maintain my blog. If you would like to remain in touch, click on ‘Follow’ and add your email. When new posts are made, you will be alerted.