Beth Moore explains how she stays engaged on social media despite the controversies and challenges she gets, how she handles her critics, and shares some of the back story of her life and leadership and how she’s staying resilient over the long run.
Welcome to Episode 380 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.
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INSIGHTS FROM BETH
1. If you view social media as a public square, you might be quicker to embrace it
So many people have seen the negativity and toxicity of social media and have decided to opt out. Beth Moore is not one of those people. Beth has seen more toxicity, outrage and cynicism than almost anyone online, but in spite of all of the negativity, she still continues to spend time on those platforms. Why?
Beth views social media as a public square where she has the opportunity to share the message of Jesus with a crowd that might completely disagree with everything she has to say. But Beth is resilient, and while it can get discouraging, she says that God has given her enough conviction so that no matter who disagrees, she will continue to speak up for what she believes.
2. Social media has the potential to be a very unifying thing for the Church
When social media started, different Christian worlds like the seminarians, pop culture Christian leaders and the many other pockets of Christian leaders were able to stay in their own separate corners of the platforms. Today, this isn’t the case. Today, all of the different Christian worlds have been thrown together into one big arena.
Since this happened, many of the different Christian worlds have been arguing and fighting with each other. Beth thinks if those separate pockets could find a way to get past their differences, there is a real opportunity for unity for the Church online. And as leaders, maybe that’s something worth aiming for.
3. There is a huge difference between calling and healing
When Beth felt her initial call to ministry, it was immediate and strong. One day, she was headed towards being a lawyer and the next day, she knew she would be working in some kind of ministry serving Jesus for the rest of her life. But, her healing journey to maturity took much longer.
Beth has a lot of wounds from her upbringing that have taken years to heal from. And many of those years took place after her call to ministry. So, for years after she was called, she was still acting out of many of those wounds in sin. The same thing could be true for someone in your life. Maybe someone has received a call to ministry, but are still living with a lot of sin. Give them some grace and know that healing is a journey that takes a lot longer than a calling.
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Next Episode: Scott Sauls and Sarah Anderson
Cancel culture has become such a big part of life and leadership, as have anger and outrage. How do you lead in that environment, and how do you respond to a culture that’s increasingly angry and unforgiving? Authors Sarah Anderson (whose father ran for President) and Scott Sauls join the podcast to discuss the dynamics behind cancel culture, the problems with public shaming and how to find common ground with people you disagree with.
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