Last week, another new church-focused social network launched called Our Praybook. I’m a huge proponent of Christians sharing faith online both as an outreach and as a way to stay connected to other believers, however, I’m not sure it does the Christian world good to copy secular trends and devote them Christians. I’ve blogged quite a bit about how to harness Facebook for ministry.
I think it’s important to note that we are called to be encouraged by other believers as well as bring hope to non-believers. This can be done on any website or social network.
Here’s a bit of info on Our Prayerbook and what it seeks to accomplish:
Our Praybook, a new social network dedicated to prayer, humbly launches during the 6th Week of Easter 2011. The ecumenical, web community aims to inspire people of all faiths to come together and to devote more time to sincere “prayer with the heart” by providing multiple interactive features utilizing the latest in social media technologies.
Our Praybook is a completely free service, where members or “ePostles” are encouraged to share prayer petitions as well as to pray for the intentions of others in a way that is similar to updating one’s status. These prayers are shared on the “Love Stream” allowing other ePostles the opportunity to read and pray for them as well. Our Praybook is also formatted specifically for mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad, as well as some Android and Blackberry devices, so ePostles can share a prayer any time, anywhere.
In addition to status updates, prayers are encouraged and can be shared in a variety of ways like:
- Engaging in LIVE “Pray Chats” or faith-sharing groups through webcams and microphones with friends and family members that can be set to either public or private
- Earning “Rewards’ for increased prayer activity on the Love Stream
- Linking one’s Facebook & Twitter accounts to share prayers on all 3 sites simultaneously
- Saving the Pray Bookmarklet to one’s bookmark toolbar, enabling the user to share a prayer (and update Facebook and Twitter) from virtually any website
- Sharing longer prayers and novenas on a community prayer board
26-year-old Charlie Wedel, developer of Our Praybook, shared that he was inspired, “since status updates and tweets are so popular right now, we thought it would be cool to create a social network to engage people in prayer where instead of updating your status, you’re updating your prayer intentions. Sharing prayers is so much more powerful than simply sharing a random thought.”
So what are your thoughts? Love to get feedback!