Some churches are trying more modern approaches in reaching out to their flock.
There was a time when the only tablets discussed in most churches were the two inscribed with the Ten Commandments, and church bulletin boards and telephone grapevines were the most effective means of spreading information to a flock. But these days more and more churches are stepping up their technology game, outfitting their sanctuaries with Wi-Fi and encouraging congregants to use their smart phones, iPads and other electronic devices to follow along with the minister’s message, look up Scripture or to send Twitter and Facebook messages about the good word to their friends and followers.
“It used to be that every other person was carrying a Bible when they came to church,” said Lance Goudy, a member of Potter’s House and the head of its IT department. “Now, across the board, young adults up to people into their seventies are walking in with iPads.”