Sharing Faith Online
More people may be using the internet
reasons than you might think. According to a survey done by Pew
"Nearly two-thirds of online Americans use the
Internet for faith-related reasons. The 64% of Internet users who
perform spiritual and religious activities online represent nearly 82
million Americans. Among the most popular and important
spiritually-related online activities measured in a new national survey
by the Pew Internet & American Life Project:
38% of the nation’s 128 million Internet users have sent and received
email with spiritual content.
35% have sent or received online greeting cards related to religious
32% have gone online to read news accounts of religious events and
21% have sought information about how to celebrate religious holidays.
17% have looked for information about where they could attend religious
14% have used email to plan church meetings.
11% have downloaded or listened to religious music online.
7% have made or responded to online prayer requests.
7% have made donations to religious organizations or charities. In sum,
64% of Internet users said they had done at least one of these things
online and many had done more than one. This figure represents a
substantially higher number of online faithful than the Pew Internet
& American Life Project has measured in the past.
28% of the online faithful said they had used the Internet to seek or
exchange information about their own religious faith or tradition with
26% said they had used the Internet to seek or exchange information
about the religious faiths or traditions of others.
There is a wide variety of sharing methods that can be
used to share Christian beliefs, values, or teachings. Here are some
ideas for sharing that range from things that can be done with a few
clicks to those that require some time and effort.
1. Share Links on Social Networks or in emails.
For some sites, you can just click to share it while you
are signed in.
For other sites, you may need to copy the direct link or the embed code
and paste it in the post or email. You can share Christian graphics,
daily devotions, websites that tell the Gospel story, or most anything
that can enlighten, encourage and witness. You can find some links to
interesting websites on our favorite links page.
2. Send Christian Ecards via email.
Links to sites that have some free cards you can send:
3. Write an article or story.
Then send to the webmaster to
add to the JBC
website. You could tell your testimony or write bits and pieces about
the history of Joy Baptist Church or the community around
Joy. Maybe you are being led to write an encouraging devotional or
humorous tale of everyday life. Perhaps God wants you to write
something that would "tactfully nudge people toward Christ or
4. Interact with People Online
Your talent might be in building friendships, engaging in
conversations, answering questions, inspiring people, or telling
stories. You could join/start a group at a social network or join a
forum or chat room and interact with others. You might start topics to
discuss various Christian beliefs or values. If that is something that
sounds interesting to you, this list of social networks might help you
find some online sites to make new friends: Social Networking
5. Become the administrator of a Social Network page
and Google+ create pages for known entities. A representative then
"claims" the page to start adding content. That means that there is already a JBC Facebook page and a JBC Google+ page.
You might want to volunteer to be the representative or administrator.
Generally, the page administrator monitors the page, adds fresh content
and tries to encourage other people to post and participate.
6. Start Your Own Blog or Website
If your talent is communicating with the written word, you might want to start your own blog or webpage.
I met a fellow online who posts an online
church service and a weekly Bible
Study on his blog He also posts the services and lessons at some different social networks, such as NOTH and Google+
He also adds music to the Sunday service via youtube
video embeds. He doesn't write the material himself, but cites the source as Robert McLaughlin Bible
Ministries who offers the material freely.
all have talents and abilities. A key to usefulness is making our
talents available to God. The important thing is to ask God what He
would have you do.
I hope this page prove to be helpful to you. If you need help with how
to do something or have some sites to suggest, contact me via the