The Church & Technology

January 24, 2005 by

A recent study shows a deep gap between large and small churches when it comes using technology. Only 52% of Protestant churches have a web site, but the numbers vary greatly based on church size: 88% of large churches (those with 200+ members) have a web site compared with only 28% of small churches (those with less than 100 members).

Small churches may be missing out on a relatively cheap and efficient method of communication.

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Kevin D. Hendricks

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5 Responses to “The Church & Technology”

  • wulf
    January 24, 2005

    Interestingly, the report doesn’t mention using a website to build community. That’s what I’m trying to do with my church website although, admittedly, it’s hard work!

  • djchuang
    January 24, 2005

    The thing I’ve discovered about building online community is that it requires having a group of people within that church who are comfortable with communicating online, via a message board or blog or other online tools. If you’ve got a small group who can do that with each other, then you’ve got a great start towards building a vibrant online community!

  • justjeff
    January 26, 2005

    So…a church has a website…big deal. A better survey would have been to track the activity on those sites. Most churches have a “promo” page only with no up to date information. I’d love to get a list of churches (big and small) that have good sites and to know what makes a church site good.

  • justjeff
    January 26, 2005

    Whoops – my bad. I should have looked under the “Web Sites” category. This article, “Great Church Websites,” was really helpful. In the words of Homer Simpson, “D’oh!”

  • kevin
    January 27, 2005

    Though you’re right Jeff, the bigger question is are people using the church web sites that do exist. A web site isn’t worth much unless it’s getting use.

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