Protestant churches adopt new technology

Congregations have growing Web presence
Although churches are frequently viewed as behind the times, a new study shows that Protestant congregations are quickly embracing new technologies.

According to the Barna Group survey, since 2000 many congregations in various regional, denominational and sociological categories have embraced the Internet, videography and other high-tech methods of carrying out their ministries.

For example, the study showed that 57 percent of all Protestant churches now have a Web site—up from 34 percent in 2000. The greatest increases in that category came among mainline Protestant churches, 70 percent of which now have a presence on the World Wide Web.

The study also found that churches located in the western states, churches with large congregations and churches with mostly white parishioners are most likely to have Web sites.


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