Be careful, little mouth what you preach.
Not all good stories are real stories. Pastors should always check a couple sources before touting that chain-email story or salacious second-hand statistic as fact. That need is not new. But now that your congregation has the internet constantly at their fingertips, preachers need to be extra careful.
From CT's Gleanings:
Nearly 4 out of 10 practicing Christian Millennials are fact-checking their pastor's sermons. Notes Barna:
The one-way communication from pulpit to pew is not how Millennials experience faith. By nature of digital connectedness, Millennial life is interactive. For many of them, faith is interactive as well—whether their churches are ready for it or not. It's an ongoing conversation, and it's all happening on their computers, tablets and smart phones. What's more, many of them bring their devices with them to church. Now with the ability to fact-check at their fingertips, Millennials aren't taking the teaching of faith leaders for granted. In fact, 14% of Millennials say they search to verify something a faith leader has said. A striking 38% of practicing Christian Millennials say the same.
If these stats make you nervous, check out Leadership Journal's sister site: Preaching Today.com. Among other resources for preachers, they create the world's largest database of fresh and original sermon illustrations. They're fact-checked by our professional team of editors, and well able to withstand—and engage—your congregation's smart-phone skeptics.
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