The Value of Online Ministry
A Generation Missing
Statistics prove that young adults ages 18-35, for the most part, are missing from attending the local church. The Word of God tells us that we perish by lack of knowledge. It also tells us that the local church is the hope of the world! Churches Aid believes that this generation is consumed with the technology of the internet.
In a monthly view of U.S. Internet activity for top parent companies and web brands, The Nielsen Company found that the average time users spend using Facebook per month grew nearly 10%, topping seven hours. Additionally, the number of those actively using the web grew 3.8%, to slightly more than 203 million users. If we recognize that there is an average of 4 Sundays per month that people can attend church and those services average 1 hour, we can conclude that people are spending almost 2 church services per week listening to the voice of the world! Those numbers are derived just from one site and doesn’t include: Google, Yahoo, and YouTube to name a few! The most shocking statistic is that the average person spends 13 hours per week online (2009 study by Harrison Interactive)! This number compared to the amount of time spent in church of 1 hour or 0 hours per week is staggering to say the least! Churches Aid believes that the online social voice has a foundation derived from peer pressure and from the knowledge of a worldly view. A view that is not coming from the Truth found in the Word of God.
The Church, as a whole, must position itself in front of the audience that spends 13 hours a week in front of the computer!
Christian Social Networking
Churches Aid is about networking Christians together with a foundation of the Truth. For the Church to achieve such an online network of services and resources, it must be bound by a foundation that BREAKS down the barriers of denominations! Christianity is based on the foundation of accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and using the Word of God as your life manual. This is simply found in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
The local church is not actively reaching out through the #1 means of reaching their own community - The Web! The local church is the hope of the world! We have established the fact that people spend an enormous amount of time online. The age group missing, for the most part, is ages 18 to 35. They are the people with young children also. The Word of God tells us in Proverbs 22:6 to, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Churches Aid believes that in the backyard of each local church there is a young family, mother, father and child looking for help! They are looking ON the Web! They are not finding an answer locally that can plug them into a Bible based church! They are finding other hurting people looking for the same thing! Churches Aid provides a SOCIAL NETWORK of Christians that have come together to unite the Truth of God’s Word! People need to be able to identify with real people in their own community to feel comfortable to get plugged into a local church. Local websites are great and we encourage every church to have one. The solution is found in a VEHICLE that brings people together. The local site often has an address that has to be searched for and often not easily accessible. If individuals or churches having their OWN web page worked, then people would be doing it and effectively reaching a Harvest. Facebook proves that putting people together works! This same concept of uniting people together through ministry works just the same!
We simply need to jump on board and become a CHRISTIAN part of the most efficient way to reach the local flock and the world - SOCIAL NETWORKING through Churches Aid!
The fact is people are internally driven to seek the Truth in life and the meaning for who they are! The world is offering them many messages and options. The Church is not. People are seeking for answers online all of the time! They are looking for a Voice to belong to socially. The seeking is growing daily as they hopelessly seek to find answers and acceptance found in the internet world. They spend this time seeking answers and acceptance from other people that are looking for the same thing. It comforts them to know that others are seeking acceptance from them as well. It’s a circle that continues to grow with very little Truth found. They are seeking the Lord who can bring them complete acceptance. In every community, there are people addicted to alcohol, drugs and pornography to name a few. There is abuse, neglect, teen pregnancy and violence around every corner! Churches Aid provides a solution online to reach the World! Social Networking is popular because people are searching for identity and acceptance. As Christians, we must recognize that the identity they seek is from GOD through Jesus Christ!
We must be willing to break down denominational boundaries and provide an ONLINE Network that will reach this changing world with the answer to peoples’ inward desires of acceptance and identity. Churches Aid is that ONLINE Network!