While most churches have been slow to adopt new technology over the years, the tide seems to have turned as smartphones, tablets, social media, and the Internet have created an upheaval in how people pray, worship, educate themselves in spiritual matters, and even connect with like-minded souls.
Hymnals, pews, and in-person sermons aren’t extinct, but pastors, priests, and other church leaders are realizing how technology can help them spread the Gospel and change people’s lives.
Here are some church technology stats that will paint a bigger picture of the impact of technology in churches, what the biggest issues with it are, and what features and technologies are being implemented the most:
2. 77.32% of churches are using Twitter. Twitter was the second most used platform, coming in under Facebook (98.97%), and above blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+. (Source: ROAR) <<Tweet this stat
3. At least one-third of all churches are using video clips during the worship service. Over a third are using PowerPoint or similar presentation software during worship. (Source: The Clergy Journal) <<Tweet this stat
4. 92% of churches agreed that Facebook was the most effective social media platform for member engagement and interaction. Twitter was said to only be 22.11% effective. (Source: ROAR) <<Tweet this stat
5. 74% of church members read the Bible electronically. 21% of churches discourage reading the Bible electronically. (Source: Tyndale University) <<Tweet this stat
6. 27% of churches don’t make any use of the Internet. This includes some 53% of Protestant churches that have no website and 82% that don’t have an email newsletter. (Source: The Clergy Journal) <<Tweet this stat
7. 58% of churches provide Internet access for their staff. (Source: The Clergy Journal) <<Tweet this stat
8. 46% of churches say that limited staff time prevents them from providing more online content and services. Additionally, 41% also blame limited financial resources, 39% cite limited volunteer time, and 35% claim lack of interest or demand. (Source: LifeWay Research) <<Tweet this stat
9. Only 13% of churches have a way for people to submit prayer requests online. (Source: The Clergy Journal) <<Tweet this stat
What other statistics do you think are interesting as churches begin implementing more technology into their congregations? Add them in the comments below!