Holy Twitter! Pastors Urge Tweeters to Type in Church

Pastors use the social-networking tool to build community
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted May 3, 2009 6:21 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Twittering in church is the latest rage among cutting-edge congregations, as some pastors turn to the social-networking tool to encourage interaction among worshipers. Pastors hope the  technology will help build community and nurture dialogue, reports Time. One Michigan pastor spent weeks educating his congregation about how to use Twitter in church, and he flashes blurbs from worshipers on screen during services, such as: "Nothing u do 4 the lord is in vain" and "Awesome music today."

"It's a huge responsibility of a church to leverage whatever's going on in the broader culture to connect people to God and to each other," said a pastor.