How do “new media” affect church communications?

What would you say are the implications of “new media” for the church’s communications strategy?

We had a story today on how a major Vatican agency is considering the preparation of a new document on the topic, and we asked on our Twitter page for feedback on issues you’d like addressed.

Give us your comments below.

8 Responses

  1. Already some replies on Twitter:

  2. While we are anxious to implement social media and gain new audiences, we wonder about alienating those who won’t access new media, i.e., our older audience who traditionally read print. Do we take the risk, can we afford a new model that includes keeping some print and the new media?

  3. We need to become more interactive with the people we want to evangelize, especially if they are youth and young adults. This is as true online as it is face-to-face in person. We need to speak the language of a post-literate digital culture. Social networking sites are popular, and the Church must meet people where they can be found. We also need to speak this post-literate digital language in our Religious Education classes, RCIA, and adult faith formation classes. Public schools, colleges, and Protestant churches are using PowerPoint presentations very effectively; we aren’t we? And PPTs should not be merely text on a boring slide. They should be interactive and multi-media, using strong design, writing skills, and graphics, plus inspirational music to make it a prayerful experience. Thus, Catholic Digital Resources publishes PPT presentations that not only educate but inspire. Please preview them at http://catholicdr.com/PPTs

  4. I am a Catholic Youth Minister and use Twitter, Facebook and email to communicate with my kids. They don’t even check email anymore…that’s how fast things are changing. I also use YouTube clips (some religious, some just funny or current) in PowerPoint format on a Projector for my Youth Nights. The kids love it and feel really engaged.

  5. Our school is working to reach out to our supporters, volunteers, and students through Twitter and Facebook, as well as through the more traditional electronic media of our website and email newsletter. This has allowed us to connect with new people (including some at our fellow Jesuit organizations), as well as keep current members of our school community engaged and informed about what’s happening in the school on a day-to-day basis.

    We would love to know which Catholic organizations are at the forefront of using these “new media,” and learn from their experiences to make our own communications more effective!

  6. I think our pope has leapt a head before by using youtube and facebook for communicating his idea and speech. Now how our bishops to follow it. Church must be concerned with the ICT progress and development.

  7. I think the Church as to be progressive in its approach – we are not in the Biblical days so we should use the methods of today. Yet, we must be careful not to deliver a comprising message.

  8. kudos to Christ Embassy. A Nigerian Church that has embraced the new tech. (www.yookos.com) To reach out to the people of the world.
    The sentiment of religocity has 2 b dropd. The world is running, the church has 2 lead the race. Manuality is now a thing of the ancient. Embracing new tech. In d church wil only mak d goodnews easier and hlp Reach 2 those d@ cul ordnaryly nt b reachd. Church! Awake.

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