Barna: How Are Pastors Using the Internet?
Much has changed in the world since 2000, and few can deny that many of those changes have been facilitated by technology. The Internet, in particular—both how much we use it and what we use it for—has dramatically altered the way people live their lives, do their work and engage in their relationships. Pastors are no exception: In the past 15 years, church leaders have significantly increased their use of the Internet and have, by and large, come to accept it as an essential tool for ministry in the 21st century.
In a recent study of American church leaders, Barna Group looked at pastors' use of the Internet and their attitudes toward it today compared to 15 years ago, at the turn of the century. While many of the trends are what you might expect—increased use, increased acceptance, an increase in the variety of ways they use the Internet—pastors still express caution toward just how much the Internet can do in terms of spiritual guidance and religious experiences.