With the growing number of social networks geared for churches, we decided to gauge our readers’ temperatures on whether these are truly helpful or a misguided social experiment. Here’s what you had to say:
Nearly 60% of respondents see no reason to reinvent the wheel. Facebook is fine for something like this, so why would a church invest its resources in a new social system?
Another 23% are teeter-tottering. You might fall in with the majority who believe it’s misguided, but if people would really use it, then perhaps it’s something you can get behind.
Finally, we get to the group of you who are strong believers in a church-specific solution. That group makes up 16% of folks who responded to our poll—half who say the church needs it but doesn’t realize it, and half who say it’s time to move this direction.
Oh, and 2% of you wouldn’t know a social network from an ice cream social, so you don’t feel qualified to answer.
Personally, when I think of the types of things a body of believers might want to share with one another and help one another with, I’m inclined to think something like this could be helpful. Why not allow for people to have openness and privacy among their fellow churchgoers without broadcasting to the world via Facebook?
But the idea can’t become successful without widespread adoption, and I’m very confident it’s not the right solution for all churches. Only time will tell if it turns out to be helpful for some.
This week, visit our home page and vote: What do you think of a mission trip for creatives?