Announcement – A Big Change

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.

 

 

 

 

45 thoughts on “Announcement – A Big Change

  1. Dear Rev Mark Brown

    I am saddened by this announcement. But I certainly understand, I have followed you for years you’ve inspired me in many ways, I appreciate your willingness to reach out with your prayers. So many times you would sending out messages how can You can pray for me. Times when it was just what I needed to push thru the struggle you were like the Simon who came to help me carry my cross. Being the Hope & encouragement I needed. I pray for you & your family everyday. I pray that we may continue to keep in touch Please let me know what works for you

    So grateful for the time we’ve had sharing God’s love & strengthening our faith in our Amazing God

    May the Lord continue to bless you

    AnnMarie 🌹

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  2. I have truly loved having you in my socail media world. Im praying for your path ahead! You and Kristy are awesome, and God has this.
    Thank you, Bridget Kelly

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  3. Pastor Brown I totally understand the need to step away from social media and did the same myself a couple of years ago and am so glad I did. I wanted to let you know since connecting with you via Facebook that your ministry and prayers have been such a source of encouragement to me and God has used you in a mighty way in my life. One day a few years ago when I still had Facebook I came home from one of the toughest days I had had on a job I was working at that time. I was utterly crushed and came home in tears. That year In that job was my wilderness in many ways. When I got home I saw a message from you on my Facebook that said you wanted to let me know you had been praying for me that day. Only the Holy Spirit could have prompted that especially on one of th worst days during that entire year experience. Thank you for your time and care, and for your obedience to the Lord. My email and cell number have not changed so please feel free both you and Christi to communicate as the Lord allows. Thank you both and know I pray for the both of you often.

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  4. Mark, I’m very happy for you. Given your past 10 years of experience, deeply embedded in social media, this HAS to feel like a massive change in your life, and a perhaps even a massive weight off your shoulders. I remember starting to follow you way back when you were using an old trailer (your in-laws?) as an office to “get the word out” and then when the iPhone came along and you were able to go live simply by using a “camera phone”….how cool to have watched the growth of your ministry. If you ever find yourself in NH, look me up…you always have a place to stay here for you and your family.
    Much love in Christ,
    Dave & Liz Jenkins

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  5. I totally understand. You will be missed! I hope to meet you in person some day. If not then we’ll have an eternity in heaven! God bless you and your family.

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  6. Congratulations! The Lord told me the same two years ago! Thank you for sharing. And I really would love to see sometimes. At least in Heaven. Lots of love from your Catholic brother from Germany!

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  7. Going to miss you and your family and your spiritual leadership thank you so much for what you’ve given us, thanks to Christy too

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  8. Mark,
    You will be missed dearly. I just began receiving your daily (short but sweet) email blog a short time ago and I absolutely love them. I have shared them with others I know and so it will be very sad to see you go. Thank You for being a light on the internet for so many people and may God bless and lead you where He wants you to go, and in how He wants you to serve. Much love to you and your family.
    If you do decide to drop a blog or note from time to time I would be more than pleased to receive them.
    Thank You again.

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  9. Mark, I was very fortunate meet You at a C.E.E.P. Conference in Washington D.C. just over I year ago.

    As you begin this new chapter I will continue to keep you, your family, and your ministries in my daily thoughts and prayers. You are a rare catalyst of change for many believers around the world. I have made no secret, in the very short time since I met you at CEEP in D.C. , of how you and your ministry have impacted my life. There is no telling how many lives expediently you and your ministries have touch and impacted over the years through social media and in person. It has been a true blessing for many in this world to know you, read your words, hear yours words, and feel and experience God’s unending Love and grace through you! Continued Love, Prayers and Blessings to you, your family, and ministry.

    Your online ministries are deep and wide. They have touched so many people in this world. You will be missed and there will be a void. But God will lead the way, we will follow, and become even more actively engaged! It has been a blessing to witness and experience so many aspects of God’s Lovey and Grace through You, your family, and your ministry!

    Blessings my dear friend and Priest, Kirk

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  10. I totally understand and am so very thankful for all you have done. I am one of the many that have followed you for many years. You have truly helped me through some very difficult times and I will be forever grateful. Your an inspiration and I appreciate you sharing your life with us all. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers and I hope that we can stay in touch somehow. Your daily devotional emails have also become something I look forward to each morning. Wishing you a very happy Father’s Day and a blessed Sunday. Thank you and God bless you for all you do! ~ Barb Floyd

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  11. You and Christy will be sorely missed! Ray of light in an otherwise morbid Facebook feed. Godspeed with your new ventures. From South Africa.

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  12. Did you just send me a friend request from Brown Anderson, or is someone spoofing your account?

    — Jamie Lynn Sloan

    Sent from my iPhone

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  13. I am saddened by your announcement but I understand. You have helped me in ways. I wish you all of God ‘s and hope there’s another way to keep in touch. May God. Bless you and your family.
    In God’s love

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  14. Pastor Mark, I can relate to what you are saying. I will miss seeing your posts. Thank you for the times you have prayed for me over the years. I would like to keep in touch. Let me know if that would be possible. I will continue to pray for you and Chisti and family. You have been a blessing to so many.

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  15. Well, part of me, certainly understands your decision….& the other part of me, selfishly, will miss you SO very much. I feel you have such the heart of God; I will miss that connection! You have a sincere, very sweet heart towards people. Thank-you for sharing that with us! May God Bless You so very much! You & your family will be in my prayers!

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  16. You will be sorely missed! Your post were always the highlight of my day. Praying GOD will continue to bless you and your family. You have touched my life and I thank you for that.

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  17. I admire your strength and your wisdom. You have blessed me in many ways and will miss reading your God revealed posts. Thank you for all you have done and I pray God continue to watch over you and your family. You will be missed.

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  18. I’ve been feeling this call myself. More involvement in my local area and in the people in my life. I’ll be following your blog. I’ve been following you since the beginning when you were still in Australia. God Bless you in all you my brother.

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  19. I just want to say ‘thank you’ for serving so many around the world via online avenues. It has been a pleasure to follow, and to receive your emails and posts on Facebook. I have been encouraged and have enjoyed them. I wish you and your family every blessing and joy. There is no doubt that you will continue to serve people and serve God, and indeed, local community and relationships are extremely important. May God bless you and your family richly. Thanks for the time you gave to us! Marybeth, New Hampshire

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