Essay about The Creation Of The Internet And Social Media

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The creation of the Internet and social media has permanently changed how people interact with one another. Millions of people log on to the internet daily for the purpose of interaction. Furthermore, according to Nils Smith, social media is now the most popular activity on the Internet. This twenty-first century phenomenon provides a great opportunity for churches to capitalize on this innovative technology, using it as a ministry tool for evangelism. While thousands of people use social media daily, yet according to a Lifeway research poll, 40 percent of Protestant churches in America still are not using any social networking tools. Why are churches electing not to use social media for evangelism? Could this disregard for creative and innovative “evangelism” in using social media as a tool for outreach be a missed opportunity to increase church attendance? The Vatican’s chief media strategist says the Catholic Church can no longer ignore the opportunities for evangelization that the Internet offers. Furthermore, Archbishop Claudio Celli, head of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, professed to group of journalists, “And we forget that most fish are outside the aquarium. Unless the church engages social media, he said, in our church we are always fishing inside the aquarium, we will wind up talking to ourselves.”
The Church has always used creative and new methods of evangelism. Historically, the church used different methods of communicating and…

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