Connection Pointe Christian Church

While people used to find community and accountability within the home and church, today, many are looking for meaning, purpose and community outside of the church.


Is Facebook Replacing Church?

Steve Reeves

Steve Reeves | Lead Pastor at Connection Pointe

Christianity Today, in its August issue, published an article entitled, “The Gospel of Mark Zuckerberg.” The subtitle stated: “Facebook and others have started to imitate, but can’t replace, church community.”

The article says that many churches made the decision to run like businesses, but now businesses are running like churches.

This summer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that in the face of declining churches, Facebook could fill the void. He went on to say, “...people need to find a sense of purpose and support somewhere else” (other than church)!

The “Nones,” those unaffiliated with any particular religion, was the largest “religious” voting bloc in the 2016 election.

Zuckerberg sees what sociologists, pastors and many others have noticed: People are looking for meaning, purpose and community ... outside of the church ... 80% of internet users have a U.S. Facebook account. Over one-third of those born after 1983, millennials, have no religious affiliation.

Harvard researchers have identified six common themes corporations use to tap into this new search for meaning: Community, Personal Transformation, Social Transformation, Purpose-Finding, Creativity and Accountability.

People used to get this inspiration and structure from their home and church. Instead of seeking guidance and accountability from parents and pastors, many “Nones” are looking to peers, yogis and fitness coaches.

Twenty percent of young people who leave the church cite, “lack of connection” with other family members and believers.

However, here is the truth: Facebook nor any other form of social media or organization can replace the family unit and the church!

Jesus said, “...I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it!” (Matthew 16:18, NLT)

Whatever the rise of the “Nones” means, it does not mean the church can be replaced.

This weekend, we will study Ephesians 6:1-9: Restored Respect. We will examine God’s vision for the healthy family and the healthy church. The above trends in our culture should be a wake-up call for every family in the Connection Pointe family.

We have a tremendous opportunity in this age of “spiritual searching.” Come prepared to learn how we can “seize the day” and connect all people, everywhere and every age, to Christ and His Church!