Mount Olive pastor uses social media in ministry

caines | 9/6/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Rev. Marcus D. Davidson reaches youth with Twitter

Not only does he preach the good word, but he tweets it, too. Rev. Marcus D. Davidson, pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, 36, shares encouraging words through social media networks, such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and his blog with thousands of congregation members and other followers. I think that the message of Christ remains the same, but methodologies transition, Davidson said. Thats one of the new methods of being able to communicate the Gospel. Two weeks ago, he tweeted God > Everything and the blood will NEVER lose its power. Sometimes his followers share their excitement about an upcoming Mount Olive event or what they have learned at a recent Mount Olive church service. He believes that social communication gives pastors of a larger congregation a more personable feel. About 3,000 members attend Mount Olive every week. The congregation has a good mixture with a strong population of middle-aged people and large group of young people, according to Davidson. He shares personal pictures on Instagram like the one of his daughters first day of the first grade. Davidson also discusses social issues on his blog, such as the separation of church and state and guns, God and the church. Davidson said his mission is to preach and teach for life change. Life change for the believer to live a more committed life to Christ and for the non-believer to receive Christ, he said. Davidson said that a larger group of young people has started to worship at Mount Olive over the last year and a half. Over the years, the youth group has been a vibrant community and the young adult ministry is really catching blaze and they are starting to connect with the Lord more and connect with each other more. Many church members who are in their 20s attend The Wave, the young adult praise and worship service that is held at Mount Olive on Saturdays at 6 p.m. Davidson said the service has a high-spirited youthful flavor that ensures that the truths of the scripture are proclaimed and the worship experience has substance. He has been pastor of Mount Olive for almost three years. He moved to Miami from Alabama to preside over the mega-church in November of 2009. While growing up, he attended St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Leighton, Alabama under the leadership of his father, Dr. Green Davidson, III. He acknowledged his call into preaching at the age of 16, and as a teenager he preached at 2-3 services per month. Although he has gone from 300 congregation members at his former church in Alabama to 3,000 congregation members at Mount Olive. Davidson said it was not a difficult transition." The Lords guidance is why Im here, he said. Nothing more. Nothing less. By Malika A Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com