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NYT: Finding Jesus on Facebook

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Saturday’s New York Times has an article about churches using up-to-date technology to cater to the younger generation. It mentions Redeemer Presbyterian Church and its Beta Groups, one of which Susan and I are leading this fall.

Redeemer is also bringing the Internet into the chapel. At a Redeemer service on the Upper West Side, a group of college graduates were in the back of the room tapping away on laptops.

They helped newcomers sign up for a “Beta group,” a seven-week fellowship group meeting in different parts of the city. Using a Google map, people could browse by neighborhood, check for a special focus, like all-women or artists-only groups, then sign up by clicking the group they wanted and entering their name and e-mail address.

“You know when you say ‘Sign up at home’ that people will forget between the church and their PC,” said Aaron Bjerke, an intern for Redeemer who was helping people sign up. “This takes care of it right away.”

And, Aaron Bjerke is none other than my fellowship group coach. A really nice guy. Congrats, Aaron!

Written by Matthew

October 26, 2008 at 10:09 pm