you can go here… Pat Robertson’s wife-beating joke God still talking with Jim Bakker through alliteration Modesty Glasses Crowd-sourcing your church plant Church Project Uses Letters, Social Media, to Spread God’s Love Church suing for right to hand out flyers in front of Mormon church Brunswick pastor goes door to door handing out condoms Jesus Burgers The Rise of the Corporate Chaplain Think before you give away that free water Churches Come Together Seeking Justice Benny Hinn’s remarriage ceremony cancelled? Neighbors Upset About Church Noise Outside AtlantaHere’s a look at this week’s hits and misses: Here are some links. If you’d like to watch our entire FILTER podcast from this week,
— 46 percent of those in religious groups use social networking sites — almost identical to the 47 percent of all adults.
— 60 percent of both groups use text messaging.
— 79 percent of those actively involved in religious groups use the Internet while 76 percent of all adults do so. — 9 percent of weekly churchgoers use Twitter (15 percent of monthly churchgoers and 14 percent of less frequent churchgoers do so).
— 26 percent of weekly churchgoers make donations online (35 percent of monthly churchgoers; 27 percent of less frequent churchgoers).
— 70 percent of weekly churchgoers who have a cell phone send or receive text messages (80 percent of monthly churchgoers; 77 percent of less frequent churchgoers).
— 36 percent of weekly churchgoers use their cell phone to access the Internet (51 percent of monthly churchgoers; 45 percent of less frequent churchgoers). via Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Baptist Press
- They are starting to see new staff positions emerging, particularly among the larger and more innovative churches. Â Examples: Â Pastor of Social Media, Pastor of Generosity.
- The role of the Executive Pastor seems to be expanding. More churches are hiring XPs these days.
- Campus Pastors for multi-site churches are still in big demand, but they are not merely administrative roles…many have to be gifted communicators as well to fill in the gaps with speaking.
- Succession is THE looming issue in the church.