Warren Has a Purpose-Driven Twitter

by | Dec 21, 2010 | Charisma Archive

Are you on
Twitter? Is it a purpose-driven social media tool? Rick Warren, pastor at
Saddleback Church, thinks it is—and, in fact, he is one of top 20 most
influential people on Twitter.

In a Klout study compiled for Forbes magazine this month, Warren—whose Twitter handle is @RickWarren—and the Dalai Lama are the only two religious leaders on the list. The rest of the list was made up of entertainment, political and news “celebrities.”

Though he has
been a Twitter member for only a little over a year, Warren has more than
200,000 followers. More than 50,000 have retweeted one or more of his messages.
According to the study, Warren’s message reach per tweet is approximately 1
million people, including retweets.

“When Twitter
first appeared in July of 2007, my staff told me that I should sign up, but I
said no way,” says Warren, author of the blockbuster best-selling book The
Purpose-Driven Life
. “The idea of telling people the minutia of my life seemed
so narcissistic. But while conducting a funeral with pastor John Piper, he told
me he used Twitter to teach. So I decided to add it as one of the mentoring
tools I use with my network of young church leaders. I guess other people
wanted to listen in, too.”

Warren also uses
Facebook, LinkedIn, podcasts, and three free e-newsletters to communicate, in
addition to several websites. Warren mixes up his tweets with personal advice
and challenges, Scripture verses, leadership mentoring, encouragement and offbeat
humor.

“Twitter is one
of many new channels of communication now available to both listen and speak to
a broader, more diverse audience, who’d never attend a church service,” Warren
says. “I enjoy interaction with atheists all the time on Twitter. However,
technology is never an end in itself and the message still trumps the medium.
Hopefully, these new channels help begin conversations that will lead to
deeper, face-to-face community, through our small groups and one-on-one
friendships.”

Are you following Charisma magazine on Twitter?
Check us out at @charismamag.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

It was a Pentecost bloodbath and most Christians never heard about it. More than 50 Christians were killed in one of the deadliest terror attacks on Nigerians this year. Scores of gunmen rushed in to kill Christians in the midst of worship. All told, over 360 million...

The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

In 1998, God gave me a life-changing vision of hell. I receive many questions about my experience from people all over the world, but one question I'm often asked is, "Who did you see in hell?" There are others who say they've had an experience like mine, and they...

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

One of the most amazing facts about the Founding Fathers of our nation is this: The one referred to as the "voice" of the revolution (John Adams) and the one referred to as the "pen" of the revolution (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the same day—July 4, 1826—exactly...

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

It’s a question I frequently hear. It’s one I’ve asked. And maybe it’s one you’ve asked, too. The question is, “God, why did You give this to me?” This can be any number of issues, from emotional or psychological struggles to symptoms or sicknesses, disabilities or...

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

I sense it. And I perceive a growing number of people in massive proportions sense the increasing momentum of power and might worldwide. Something is on the horizon—something more eerie and ominous than what the people of the world have ever before experienced. Even...

RECENT ARTICLES

Curt Landry: 6 Ways to Open Your Heart and Mind to God’s Voice

We are told that we must listen to God’s voice when we need to make important decisions. What does the Bible say about hearing God’s voice? How do we apply this to our everyday lives? 7 Bible Verses...
Abortion Restrictions Don’t ‘Force Religion’ on Women

Abortion Restrictions Don’t ‘Force Religion’ on Women

After the Supreme Court ruled last week 6-3 that there is no constitutional right to abortion, pro-life supporters cheered while angry pro-choice activists took to the streets to denounce the decision. Abortion advocates carried placards and shouted slogans such as...

Prophetic Word: The Books Are Open and the Scales Have Tipped

Prophetic Word: The Books Are Open and the Scales Have Tipped

As we were coming into the month of June, the halfway point of the year, the Lord began to speak to me that we are at a tipping point. How we position and posture ourselves in this month will set the tone for the next six months. A tipping point is a series of small...

3 Things God Can’t Do

3 Things God Can’t Do

 Most people will be surprised and may even gasp at that statement. You mean there are some things God can't do? Yes, it’s true. He can do anything except for these three things. {eoa} Bill and Annette Wiese founded Soul Choice Ministries in 2000 for the purpose of...

Pin It on Pinterest