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I am  also  a  runner  and  have  friend  on  FB  and  twitter  who  I  will  never  meet  in  person.  It's  my  only  method  of  sharing   Christ  with  them.     I  want  people  to  know  who  I  am  and  what  I  believe  in.    Sometimes  my  faith  is  all  I  can  offer  in  terrible  situations.   Videos  that  can  speak  to  people  or  Bible  verses  that  can  be  shared  with  people.     I  like  to  think  that  sharing  faith  on  facebook  is  my  way  of  counter  balancing  a  lot  of  the  rubbish  posted,  but  more  than   that  I  pray  just  1  of  my  posts  might  just  make  someone  think  or  question  their  views.   to  increase  religious  literacy    to  participate  in  interfaith  dialogue    most  importantly  to  talk  about  my  relationship  with   Jesus  publicly     Responses  on  Social  media  can  be  very  aggressive.  Often  polarised  views,  but  have  had  very  constructive  conversations   too.     We  are  supposed  to  share  our  faith  everywhere    2.  Social  media  is  the  place  where  most  people  are  ready  to  take  time   to  share  about  everything    3.  How  Christians  could  not  share  their  faith  ?  It's  the  way  they  are.     I  believe  faith  is  personal  and  private.  I  discuss  my  faith  face  to  face  with  those  I  feel  safe  around:  close  friends  and   family.   Because  my  faith  is  who  I  am.   Not  sure  because  things  get  taken  the  wrong  way  and  as  I  understand  it  can't  easily  be  put  right  ie:  when  Christians   prayed  for  Richard  Dawkins  and  his  family   There  are  lots  of  really  thought-­‐provoking  twitter  accounts  and  facebook  pages;  they  get  the  message  out  to  more   people.  Social  media  is  the  ultimate  recruitment  agency.   It  can  be  a  channel  to  let  people  know  what  you  believe  in  without  directly  talking  to  them  personally.  It  is  considered   appropriate  to  express  your  thoughts  and  political  ideas  on  SNS.  I  believe  expressing  faith  and  religious  belief  can  be   said  of  in  the  same  way.   I  share  who  I  am  in  every  respect  on  social  media,  to  some  degree  or  other  -­‐  and  my  faith  is  intrinsic  to  who  I  am   Too  susceptible  to  sounbite  misunderstanding.  Faith  is  too  important  for  sloganeering.   Wide  audience  and  space  to  share  clearly   As  a  retired  Minister  with  many  years  Christian  service  in  several  countries  and  with  a  continual  peersonal  growth  in   faith  it  gives  me  a  platform  to  share  God  given  inspiration.    I  use  my  FaceBook  timeline  almost  exclusively  to  comment   upon  topical  and  world  news  as  well  as  the  Christian  Calendar  from  a  biblical  and  experiential  point  of  view.   Faith  is  personal  not  public     Not  in  an  evangelical  way,  those  who  do  not  share  your  faith  will  just  ignore  it  and  it  will  irritate  them  as  bible  bashing   etc.  Evangelism  through  relationship  is  (in  my  opinion)  more  likely  to  be  successful  than  "in  your  face"   It's  a  great  way  to  engage  people  who  you  don't  normally  talk  to/see  regularly   not  sure   It  is  too  'broad  brush'.  I  have  a  number  of  FB  friends  who  have  been  hurt  by  the  church  or  are  otherwise  antagonistic.  I   think  that  with  them  faith  is  better  shared  in  person  rather  than  in  posts  which  hit  everyone  with  the  same  message.  I   am  put  off  myself  by  some  of  the  trite  posts  shared  by  some  Christians.     It's  where  I  connect  with  family  and  friends  to  share  my  life,    so  why  would  I  leave  faith  out  of  it?   As  lots  of  people  are  on  Social  Media  its  a  good  way  to  promote  your  message   It  is  an  opportunity  to  reach  a  wider  audience  of  engaged  people,  but  I  think  it  is  also  more  prone  to  misuse  than  some   older  forms  of  communication  and  as  such  should  be  done  with  caution.     Any  and  all  platforms  are  appropriate  to  share  the  reality  of  God's  love  for  us.   Sometimes  when  I  share  my  faith  on  the  internet  is  because  I  am  to  scared  to  share  it  in  person.  This  stuff  is  too  deep  to   simply  talk  about  it  in  a  post.      But  because  I  don't  know  how  to  share  my  faith  face  to  face  I  should  to  use  social  media   on  my  less  afraid  days.      I  think  it  is  fine  to  share  your  faith  on  social  media  as  long  as  you  are  also  sharing  it  person  to   person.     Some  people  can  get  too  personal  on  social  media,  and  everyone  has  different  beliefs,  even  within  the  same   denomination  or  church.  Uneducated  people  (biblically  speaking)  may  publish  inaccurate  or  inappropriate  information.   It's  too  open  to  abuse.  But  having  said  that,  if  educated  people  publish  information  it  may  get  to  people  who  otherwise   may  never  see  it.  Good  and  bad  sides.   There  should  be  nowhere  off  limits  to  talking  about  my  faith   It  is  a  communication  tool  of  our  times  and  part  of  a  toolbox   It's  not  everyone  I'm  connected  to's  cup  of  tea!   It  is  part  of  who  I  am  and  I  share  who  I  am  through  social  media.     Christs  spirit  lives  in  me  ,  so  He  is  a  part  of  me  and  we  cannot  be  separated.  If  you  friend  me  ,  you  friend  Him.   Not  sure   It  can  be  a  helpful  way  to  encourage  friends  or  other  people.  Or  let  people  know  what  you  believe  without  preaching  or   in  a  non  threatening  way.   Done  in  the  right  way,  it  enables  you  to  connect  to  many  people  and  start  discussions  and  raise  social  justice/faith  issues   Not  the  best  interpersonal  communication   It's  a  part  of  my  life  and  so  an  authentic  expression  of  who  I  am,  both  in  the  public  and  private  spheres.   I  believe  we  should  gossip  the  gospel  at  all  opportunities  not  ram  it  down  peoples  throats.  Gossip  it  in  love  and  just   casually  bring  it  into  conversation     The  people  who  view  it  are  'friends'   It's  an  expression  of  who  I  am  and  in  sharing  with  others  it's    like  a  conversation.       I  think  social  media  is  a  great  communicator  and  we  need  to  fill  it  with  good  messages  and  our  faith  rather  than   spurious  posts  about  Angels,  anti  faith  posts  etc.  But  messages  can  be  misinterpreted  and  nothing  replaces  personal   contact  with  Christians.     Sharing  of  faith  needs  to  be  built  from  relationship.  Social  media,  whilst  a  great  tool,  isn't  conducive  to  deep   relationship.  

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Putting Your Faith in Social Media  

Research findings regarding the social media expression of people of faith. By David Giles, Web and Social Media Manager at The Salvation Ar...

Putting Your Faith in Social Media  

Research findings regarding the social media expression of people of faith. By David Giles, Web and Social Media Manager at The Salvation Ar...