Churches Log onto Facebook to Attract New Members

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

With more than 500-million active users, Facebook is the fastest growing social networking site.

Many churches in the Wiregrass are logging on to attract new members.

"The days of door to door witnessing are pretty much over. Technology is the new witnessing," said Destiny Church Pastor, Jevon Goode.

Destiny Church uses Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even U-Stream to get their message out.

“I do a lot of hits throughout the day, wisdom quotes and things of that nature," said Goode.

He wants his church to evolve along with technology.

“Facebook has taken church from just being Sunday or a mid-week kind of thing to everyday."

Across town Ridgecrest Baptist Church's ‘Acts 29’ ministry is signing on to change lives.

The ministry holds worship services for singles aged 18 through 29.

"That demographic has a Facebook page and checks their page more often than their email,” said Lance Griffith, Acts 29 Co-Director.

Griffith adds, “Anytime we send out an event invitation it's almost instantaneous. You'll get 2,3,4 people that will click on that "I'm attending."

With the click of a mouse that event invitation is then posted to that user's page.

“All of their friends see it so you can see the exponential nature of Facebook and getting it to the eyes of more people," said Griffith.

Some critics say attendance for worship services will decrease since people have access to pastors online.

But, Goode and Griffith both disagree.

“We do not want to substitute social media for human interaction. We use it as an informational medium, here is what we have going on in our ministry," said Griffith.

“They’re more likely to come to the church after they've seen or heard things about their church. We have so much response in how people are grateful for the service and the way it went.", Pastor Goode.

Both Destiny's Church and Ridgecrest Baptist have a large military presence.

And while church leaders don't want people to stop coming to services Sunday sermons are streamed on the Internet so those deployed overseas can take part.

Facebook stats show users spend more than 700-Billion minutes on the site.

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