Oh Snap… We Went There. A(us)OS

….and we’re on Snapchat. I know… don’t choke on your latte as you read this but check this out.

From the early days of Snapchat, we have encouraged students and parents to not install and use the app. In it’s original form, Snapchat provided students with easy access to trouble. We have walked several families through very trying times that were a result of poor choices with this app. As a youth ministry it wasn’t something we could encourage our students to use… and so we did not have a Student Ministry Snapchat.

Times have changed as has every social media platform.

Truth is… Since these electronic boxes called computers have come out and these tiny smartphones have occupied our pockets, people have found ways to use them negatively. Politicians using email for unscrupulous purposes, men and women having affairs through Facebook. All the platforms since Snapchat has hit the App stores have changed their format to imitate what has made Snap so popular. So really, at this point, there is no “safe” platform. Rather… as we should be saying all the time, it is about making right choices.

So this weekend, with the encouragement of some leaders around the country, a couple incredible articles written by some incredibly smart people, and three intelligent students, the decision was made for BC Students to enter the world of Snapchat. We may not change the entire world by doing this but we are praying that we can be an encouragement to students who will connect with us there.

Truth:

  • Truth… Just about all of our students are communicating on Snapchat. We should be there.
  • Snap still has the potential for harm and we will be ever vigilant in protecting our students and the integrity of the ministry
  • Parents… if your child is on Snapchat… you should be too. No apps on phones that you don’t have a basic understanding.
  • Together… we CAN make a difference through EVERYthing that God has given us… including Snapchat. Follow us, as we follow Christ and proclaim HIM in this new (for us) way.

Keep praying for us as leadership! Oh and I guess we should say…

AMOS or should we say A(us)OS: bcstudentsnc

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