Many of you have expressed interest in having an online forum for all of us around the world to interact and discuss BEMA. We are creating a space for conversation and engagement on a platform called
. This supplementary space allows you to connect with others from around the world, ask questions, and share your BEMA experience. As we experiment with this idea, there are some expectations we want to make sure are clearly communicated.
This is NOT designed to replace the need for real, flesh-and-blood discussion groups. It is an online communication tool intended to complement your real-world discussion groups. While digital relationships can provide encouragement, they fall short of face-to-face relationships. Slack can be used to help facilitate more real-life connection or attempt to replace it. We choose the former!
While Marty will occasionally be online, reading and even commenting, Slack will not be an effective way to contact him directly. Because this platform is an extension of the BEMA community, and Marty’s schedule is already very full (as is the case with many of us), we do not want to create extra notifications. For Marty’s sake, we ask that you refrain from @-mentioning, tagging, or sending him direct messages.
Our culture struggles to use social media platforms in ways that edify and build up others. Our Slack platform will be a place where we demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit rather than the acts of the flesh — pride, disrespectful debate, or other inappropriate behavior. We encourage respectful and loving wrestling with the Text and conversations that uplift and edify one another.
To join our Slack, click the button below.