Church Next (Using the Internet to Maximize Your Ministry)
by Glen H. Jones
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Father-and-son Malphurs have united their expertise to enhance an emerging avenue for discipleship and evangelism. Anchored to the timeless truth of Scripture, they believe Internet technology can be used to help in the Great Commission. According to a 2001 Gallup poll, only 42% of the American adult population attends any religious service in a given week. And how many of these attendees have experienced a genuine salvation relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ? How many of these are grounded in the timeless truths of Scripture?
To help stem the tide of postmodernism, evangelical churches can establish a vital e-ministry. The authors present an outline for establishing an Internet ministry, what its content should be, and how it can be presented. Does a church want to establish a prayer ministry, a mission ministry, an informational ministry, an evangelic ministry, or a discipleship ministry? It can establish one or all of these for very little cash outlay.
The Malphurs have listed several Web addresses that feature the different types of ministry. For further information, even the inexperienced Web surfer can utilize a search engine such as Google to locate a plethora of Christian ministries.