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Pastor Geronimo Aguilar Responds to New Church Trend in "Internet Outreach"(June 04, 2012)
Richmond, VA (PRWEB) June 04, 2012
Before the rise of technology, most people attended church by sitting behind a pew and listening to the pastor speak every Sunday. Although that method is still heavily practiced, it is not the only way to go to church nowadays. According to a USA Today article, more people are going online to find church fellowship or listen to online sermons. Richmond Outreach Center Pastor Geronimo Aguilar uses technology in many forms to reach out to his congregation.
Scott Thumma, of the Hartford Institute of Religion Research, is the author of a study by Faith Communities Today (FACT), which focused on how churches, synagogues and mosques incorporate technology into their organizations. According to FACTs national survey, many churches, and leaders such as Pastor Geronimo Aguilar, are using technology to reach worshippers. The survey reached 11,077 of the nations 335,000 congregations and results found seven in 10 American congregations had websites, while four in 10 had Facebook pages by 2010. Thumma also found 1 percent of the congregations are streaming their services online.
Even some of the most prominent religious icons are even using technology in their organizations. For example, Pope Benedict XVI has a Web TV channel and launched a Twitter campaign during Lent. iPhone released a Roman Catholic App that has been downloaded more than 100,000 times. Episcopal Churchs publishing house recently came out with eHymnals for the iPad and other digital readers who enjoy singing hymns.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has been a leader in print, radio, television and satellite-broadcast outreach for years, but now utilizes search-engine algorithms to reach individuals seeking salvation with the Lord. The association spearheaded an Internet evangelism project, which browses search engines for people who type in Does God love me? or Does God answer prayers? and other similar phrases.
Pastor Geronimo Aguilar said technology plays a big role at the Richmond, Va.-based church. The Richmond Outreach Center offers 24-hour live streaming so people can watch the 6 p.m. Saturday worship service and 7 p.m. Thursday Bible Study. The church receives phone calls and emails from worshippers each week that could not make it to church, but were able to tune into the service through the live stream. Pastor Geronimo Aguilar uses Facebook and Twitter, where he posts daily news, devotionals, exclusive discounts and contest invitations for the church.
While I feel church attendance is vital for ones Christian life, I think Internet outreach and technology is important in 2010, Pastor Geronimo Aguilar said.
Pastor Geronimo Aguilar founded The Richmond Outreach Center in April 2001 with the goal of local churches, civic groups and people coming together to serve the urban poor. Since then, The Richmond Outreach Center has served more than 11,000 people each week through more than 150 ministries. For more information about The Richmond Outreach center, visit http://www.theroc.com.
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