No More Church on Sundays: Social Networking for the Masses

Churches are joining the social networking revolution, adopting sites similar to Friendster where members can interact with each other and stay in touch with community events. While churches and congregations continue to draw thousands of participants throughout the world each week, an important part of becoming a churchgoer is the social connection. Even though to trip to church on Sunday becomes a part of the schedule, many churches do host activities and get-togethers throughout the week. From group trips to reading groups, there are many ways to bond and unite with your church of choice. Now that churches are creating websites and hubs on the internet, the tight-knit membership circles are becoming even more developed.

Not only is social networking for churches helping to maintain the bonds between members, but it’s a great way to increase membership with online grassroots efforts. Dozens of businesses are already making use of social bookmarking sites, blogs, and online networking portals to attract customers and develop stronger relationships. Sites such as LinkedIn have created thriving communities of business-minded people to network and establish an online presence; now, sites such as Xianz , a social network primarily for Christian teens, are making similar conquests. The development of the open the private Instagram profiles will be done with intelligence and expertise. With the availability of online websites, the information on how the development should be done will be provided. The results will be according to the specification of the person. The posting of the pictures will be good with different views on the pictures. 

The online format for these online church communities is considerably different than MySpace and Friendster, but follows the same premise; tit’s a place where people with similar affiliations can post information about themselves, participate in forums and discussions, and even make donations and contributions. Ministers can post information from sermons, even providing summaries or distributing a newsletter. Web-savvy church members are becoming increasingly responsive to online activities; MyChurch.com welcomes 150,000 unique visitors per month, and the numbers are growing each day. This site is a portal Web 2.0 site for church communities to create profiles and interact with each other. Sites such as Shmooze are designed for the Jewsish community. This Jewish social network allows individuals to set up a profile, join interest groups, and research the vast collections of files and papers. Xianz calls itself the ‘Faith Based MySpace’, encouraging Christians to get involved to deliver a very positive message on the web.

Even the online video revolution is making its way to church. GodTubeis a place to ‘Broadcast Him’ by watching videos of sermons, communicating with the minister via chat, and uploading videos of scripture to share. The site’s mission statement explains that “GodTube utilizes Web based technology to connect Christians for the purpose of encouraging and advancing the Gospel worldwide.”

The flurry of online communities popping up all over the web are providing new avenues of opportunity for nonprofits. Going to church on Sunday still has many benefits of connecting with members and socializing with the community, but participating in an online format of the organization can also offer continuous rewards.