Cell Phone Challenge

Jerod Clark

Throughout my life, I've been somewhat of a late adapter to technology.  I waited awhile to get a cell phone.  I resisted when people told me I had to be on Facebook by saying, "Grown ups don't use Facebook."  But now, I'm a little bit of a social media and tech junkie.  I love Facebook, I text a lot more and I'm connected to friends in a much better way.

I came across a post on the Swerve blog that takes a look at how we're using some of the technology we have in terms of who are our friends and contacts.

Bobby Gruenewald wrote:
When we visited Hillsong in Australia several months ago, my good friend Darren Kitto was telling me a personal story and in that conversation mentioned that his mobile phone address book is full of people who don’t know Christ.  He wasn’t saying this as a challenge to me, but it was.  You see, I’ve been engaged long enough in my role as a pastor and have developed so many relationships with our staff and other pastors/church leaders that my address book is mostly full of people who are believers.  I know lots of people who don’t know Christ, but sadly I’m not engaged deeply enough to have many of them on speed dial or even in my phone at all.  My mobile phone address book is at least one gauge of the importance I place on a relationship.

Practically, having someones contact info in my phone makes it much, much easier and consequently much more likely that I would call or sms whenever I think about them.


So if you are like me and could use a little intentionality in this area…here’s my very simple challenge:  This week add the names/numbers of two or three people who don’t know Christ to your phone and give them a call/text as you think about them.


When I look at my contacts list and Facebook friends, I definitely see a Christian majority.  But I wonder, does that matter?  Is that really a good judge of how well I'm reaching out to non-Christian friends?

How is it for you?  Do you care if your address book isn't packed full of non-believers?  Or should we all be taking this kind of challenge?

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