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Churches uses social media to connect with congregation
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram allows conversations among members
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Middle school students participate in a doughnut-eating contest Wednesday night at The Venue in Oakwood. Blackshear Place Baptist Church youth leaders used social media to advertise the midweek prayer meeting, getting more than 300 middle and high school students to attend. - photo by NAT GURLEY
Fellowship is becoming a bit more virtual in many local churches in this digital age. With more than 73 percent of adults using some form of social media, according to a Pew Internet and American Life Project study, churches are finding it’s easier and more effective to reach members online than through more traditional means. “We’ve probably found more success with communicating with our folks through social media than we have through anything else,” said the Rev. Chris Orr, worship pastor at Riverbend Baptist Church in Gainesville.