26 April is an International Web Focus Day for Churches
Internet Evangelism Day is an annual worldwide focus day for churches, to be held Sunday 26 April 2009. Their website provides free downloads to create a customized focus spot, and is also a year-round resource guide on all aspects of online evangelism.
[UKPRwire, Wed Feb 04 2009] "I recently discovered that over 500,000 of the population of my home town use the networking website Facebook," writes a surprised computer user. Remarkably, 1.5 billion people now access the Web for a wide range of activities. A new internet service called 'Twitter' recently enabled eyewitnesses to pass on to thousands of other people their firsthand accounts (with pictures) of the jet that ditched in the Hudson River, well before TV and radio could tell the story. The digital world seems to change every time we blink!
How can Christians use this bewildering mix of technologies to share the good news? One place to find answers is Internet Evangelism Day's website. It provides detailed resources, ideas and strategies to help Christians use what many leaders have called a 'God-given medium'. These include a self-assessment tool for church websites, enabling them to better reach out into their communities.
Internet Evangelism Day - as the name suggests - is also an annual web-awareness focus day. Churches and other Christian groups can build a short focus spot into their meetings on 26 April, to explain to their members more about the potential for online evangelism, and how anyone can be involved in this rewarding ministry. A customized presentation (anything from 5 minutes to 50) can be easily created using free downloads from IE Day's website: video clips, Powerpoint, handouts, music and drama.
One surprising fact is that online evangelism is for anyone, not just the technically gifted. "There are many ways to share your faith online, without any technical knowledge at all," says IE Day Coordinator Tony Whittaker.
Church leaders who have already used these materials are excited. "We held a midweek evening presentation of 90 minutes, for other local churches," says a church from Dawlish. "I am glad to commend Internet Evangelism Day," says elder statesman Rev John Stott.
IE Day's website:
IE Day is an initiative of the Internet Evangelism Coalition, an umbrella group of online ministries based at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton, and is coordinated from WEC International's base in Derby UK. It is completely free and has no fund-raising component.
Email contact: InternetEvangelismDay.com/feedback
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