In the old days, well, really not so long ago, people who wanted to find out about a church they were thinking about attending had to go to a Sunday worship service or special event.
That's all changing as the world incorporates computer technology into everyday life. Churches are getting in touch with people via their own Web sites. Porterfield Baptist Church was cited in an article in the weekend edition of The Times as a full-fledged member of the Internet revolution.
Based on national statistics, we're sure many churches will be joining in the revolution. A recent study shows only 35 percent of churches use technology, so there's room to grow.
We think that it's a good move for churches to get connected. Certainly, members of any congregation are hooked up to the Internet and communicating via social networking sites. Making sure the voice of the church is heard via Web connections seems natural to us.
Of course, the problem for smaller congregations that are common in rural areas is having someone knowledgeable with the church and the workings of the Internet. We hope anyone with the skills to connect their church step up to do so.
We're sure other members of the congregation will thank you.