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Barna on Church Technology Use February 7th, 2006

The new report from Barna I referenced in my last post pointed me back to this previous report.

Here are some interesting stats:

  • Nearly six out of every ten Protestant churches (57%) now have a website. That is up from just one-third of all Protestant churches in 2000, an increase of 68%.
  • Surprisingly, a majority of churches sends e-mail blasts to their congregations. Such technology was relatively inaccessible to churches at the start of the millennium, but 56% now rely on the process for reaching their people. Less than half of all small churches use this technology (44%) compared to two-thirds of all churches that attract more than 100 adults.
  • The number of churches that provide pew Bibles has rapidly declined, from 86% in 2000 to 80% today.

The article closes with this quote from George Barna: “During the next half of this decade,” the researcher commented, “we expect increased broadband access, podcasting, and ubiquitous adoption of handheld mobile computing devices by consumers to further alter the way churches conduct ministry.”

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