Identity and Social Media

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Young adults find themselves at a life stage where they are forming their own sense of identity. What sort of impact does a social media obsessed culture have on these formative years? David Zahl speaks about the good and bad potential of social media, encouraging those in young adult ministry to focus on identity in Christ. David is the College and Young Adult Minister at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, VA. He is also founder of Mockingbird Ministries and author of The Gospel According to Pixar.


How do you see young adults struggling with issues of identity in your context?
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How do those you lead and minister to utilize social media? How does their social media use relate to identity struggles and tendency toward performancism?
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How does the gospel speak directly to issues of identity and performancism that young adults struggle with?
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Think specifically about your ministry. How can you leverage a presence on social media to minister the gospel to those you lead?
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College students and young adults find themselves at a crossroads. In these formative years, they are seeking to answer the questions, "who am I?" and "what is my value?" As a leader, you can provide them with the only true, lasting, and satisfying answer to those questions.