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Barna Releases Results of Latest Study: Use of Technology in Churches

The Barna Group released the results of its latest study on how churches use technology today. Even though Barna is on my bad list for not having an RSS feed, I still stay up to date on the studies they release. Today’s study was interesting to me because I work at a church and handle a lot of the technology. Here’s a summary of the summary:

In America, Protestant churches are continuing to recognize the influence emerging technology can have on the lives of their members. Between 2000 and 2005, the use of this technology increased the most, so in the last two years, the adoption of this technology has leveled off.

Barna studied eight technologies and applications:

  1. Large projection screens
  2. Movie/video clips
  3. Email blasts
  4. Websites
  5. Blogs
  6. Social networking sites
  7. Podcasts
  8. Satellite dishes

Most churches (65%) have large projection screens, but the smaller the church the less likely it is to have such a screen. Additionally, over half of churches have shown movie clips and videos during their services and events.

Likewise, most churches (62%) have websites, too, but again, the smaller the church, the less likely it is to utilize that technology. Churches also utilize other Internet tools; 26% use a social networking site, 16% podcast, and 13% have a blog.

I’m glad to see that LifePoint is on pace with the rest of churches in America. Not that we should measure ourselves against other churches; we should only measure ourselves against what Christ has called LPC to be, but this study is a good barometer of what is happening in churches around the country.