Churches and synagogues in the U.S. are putting the Internet to productive use, a new study says.
Eighty-three percent of those responding to a survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project say their group’s use of the Internet has boosted congregational life.
The survey, which Pew says is the first extensive study of the use of the Internet by U.S. churches and synagogues, attracted 1,309 responses.
Eighty-one percent of respondents say the use of email by ministers, church staffs and congregation members helped the congregations spiritual life, while 91 percent say email helped congregation members and staff stay more in touch with one another.
And 63 percent say email helped the church connect at least a little more to the surrounding community.
The survey includes a big list of Web addresses for congregation Web sites that illustrate a broad range of features, such as encouraging visitors to attend their church; posting mission statements, sermons or other text; links to denomination or faith-related sites; links to scripture studies or other devotional matierial; and posting of schedules, meeting minutes and other Internet communications.
For full study, go to Pew Internet and American Life Project.