A report done in 2000, Congregations Say the Internet Helps their Spiritual and Community Life by Pew Internet and American Life Project says:
At a time when some worry that the Internet is isolating users and replacing traditional communities with virtual ones, a new survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project suggests that many churches and synagogues have found new energy and purpose through use of the Internet. Most of the 1,309 responding congregations say their Web sites and email use have helped the spiritual life of their faith communities and bound members closer together.
- 83% of those respondents say that their church’s use of the Internet has helped congregational life
- 25% say it has helped a great deal
- 81% say the use of email by ministers, church staffs, and congregation members has helped the spiritual life of the congregation to some extent
- 35% say it has helped a great deal
- 91% say email has helped congregation members and members of the staff stay more in touch with each other
- 51% say it has helped a great deal. 63% say email has helped the church connect at least a bit more to the surrounding community
- 17% say it has helped a lot
With the new popularity of Twitter and Facebook – and more pastors even participating in these social networking tools to increase communication with their church members, many would say it’s a GOOD tool. Others say it’s one more way for us to disconnect from each other in “real” relationships, and communicate with the computer.
What do you think? Does your pastor use Facebook or Twitter? Do you think it helps or hinders?