A Letter to the Traditional Christian Church in America

Ebenezer United Methodist Church

I would like to start out by saying you provided a wonderful community for me to build a firm religious foundation, to learn about the teachings of Jesus, and the importance of community. You provided a place for me to grow with a family of believers as I went through the trials and tribulations of high school. I was provided a space to express my deepest spiritual questions. And I can’t thank you enough for providing such a vibrant youth.

But now we’re both wondering “What now?” I’m out in the world figuring myself out, feeding myself spiritual food as best as I can, and trying to figure out how to make a living. You’re still in the same place, with the same people, doing the same routine week after month after year. You have a space for the youth to grow and the elders to feel comfortable. But a void has been left for those in between. For those of us that don’t have settling down on our list. We want to be a part of your community, but we don’t always make it to Sunday service or a bar-b-q fundraiser. As the days go by that we miss out on events, you begin to question the health of our Daily Walk. You begin to become so concerned, but please don’t worry. You’ve done your good deed in helping me form a firm foundation in my faith, now I need you to expect me to live it out. I’m going to fail so many times, trust me. But your faces, your love and your words of advice will be with me everyday.

Times have changed so rapidly in our lifetimes and technology has become a major part of our lives, but that’s not an evil that needs addressing. The internet and technology has provided so many healthy communities of words of kindness, of healing, and of spiritual growth as well. So at anytime, anywhere in the world, one of us “in the void” adults can look at our phones and see words of encouragement or devotion when we need it most. Social media and the internet is a wonderful place where you can keep us active in your congregation, wherever we are. You can make a blog, or vlog, or make a website that encourages devotion and online community engagment. Make things real, and engaging.

I haven’t given up on my little church, but if you want to keep people engaged in your ministry you have to go to where they are. You have to get out of your shell and meet the people on the “frontlines”. The way church has been held for the past decades has worked for the past decades, but this decade has changed the game. The internet and social media isn’t evil, it just depends on what content you put out and what you subscribe to. If you want to see good, wholesome, spiritual content on the internet and social media, then you need to put it out there. Make it real. Make it engaging.