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A Social Media Strategy From Ligon Duncan

Ligon Duncan is a Presbyterian from the USA.
First posted as a series of Tweets, then collated and shared around the internet, here’s his ten-point social media strategy.

  1. Relentlessly encourage, edify, and inform.
  2. Ignore trolls, mockers, and slanderers into oblivion.
  3. Starve dissensionists, narcissists, and errorists of the attention they crave.
  4. Point people to sound people and resources.
  5. Exalt Christ. Bible. Grace. Truth. Gospel.
  6. Stay out of food fights. Don’t lob hand grenades into serious discussions. Bring people together.
  7. Be kind. Persuade (rather than rally).
  8. Treat people on social media like I would treat them in person.
  9. Don’t be different on social media from what I am in my life, family, church, and ministry. Be the same person online and offline.
  10. Don’t give inordinate attention to people whose only “platform” is social media and who elsewhere have little accountability, responsibility.

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Worship That Is Simple, Substantial, Reverent, Historic, And Biblical (via Ligon Duncan)

Ligon Duncan on the principles of worship in the reformed tradition.

…I would submit, that if we look at the outline of worship supplied by the historic Reformed practice, and follow it, we will have an order and content for public worship that is more substantial and biblical than that which is offered as the alternative in many evangelical churches (and, of course, high church liturgical ones as well). Because, their first concern was for worship to be biblical, whereas we are often asking different questions.
Interestingly (and perhaps ironically), I have found a great attraction among the younger generations to historic reformed worship. Over the years, I have encountered droves of young people burned out on the “every Sunday a pep rally” kind of worship that is ubiquitous our there. I find them deeply attracted to the reverence and substance of the historic reformed order. Now, the reason the reformed approach public worship they way we do is not because it is “more effective” in attracting the younger generations, but because we think it is biblical. But I mention this, because often advocates of changing what we do in public worship in order to attract seekers will say of historic worship practice: “it doesn’t work anymore,” “the young people won’t come,” “people are looking for something fresh,” etc.
Indeed, having pastored a traditional Presbyterian congregation for almost 18 years, I can attest that young people coming to us from other denominational traditions with worship practices that were shaped explicitly with the aim of attracting young people, when asked why they have come to our church, they almost invariably say “the preaching (expositional, theological, Gospel proclamation) and the approach to public worship (simple, substantial, reverent, historic, biblical).

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