Churches accept new technology to keep members connected

November 25, 2008 at 1:25 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

cross_sun-burst2In the past churches have been known to be traditional and holding onto past cultures. However, over the last 10 or so years, many more non-denominational churches have been built and grown to be big parts of local communities. My church, on the other hand, has continued to maintain its older conservativeness and traditions. However, thankfully it’s realized that some advances in technology actually can help the church grow more.

For example, I live in a suburb of Washington, DC. Between busy work schedules, high traffic volume, and person committments many members can not make it to our mid week service (held on Wednesdays) . So, to cater to these members, this past summer our Youth Minister created a podcat that lauches through the web and allows members and anyone on the Internet to access our live broadcast of our service. We sing a few songs, have a prayer and announcements then our pulpit minister shares a lesson with us. People on the web are able to type questions in during the hour and our Youth Minister moniters the podcasts asking those questions when appropriate it.

My finance was traveling for work in September in Hong Kong. Even with the time difference he was able to get onto the Internet and access the podcast at the current time our service was held. He said it was really neat to see people he knew so well while we was so far away. He really helped him stay connected with his faith and family.

Our church is adding additional technologies to help keep members informed quickly. Just last night it was announced that if you wanted to recieve a text message to your cell phone from our church secretary about whether or not any of our services would happen due to inclement weather, lose of power, etc. we now have the capability to do that. Between all our members, young and old, we can receive phone calls, e-mails, or text messages as well as access our webpage (which contains blogs, RSS Feed,  photos, graphics, embedded links, etc.) to get updates.

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