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The use of online technologies in the small church

Joel Arthur, Chris Rensleigh
SA Journal of Information Management | Vol 17, No 1 | a630 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajim.v17i1.630 | © 2015 Joel Arthur, Chris Rensleigh | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 August 2014 | Published: 30 March 2015

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Joel Arthur, Department of Information and Knowledge Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Chris Rensleigh, Department of Information and Knowledge Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: The lack of consideration of the developmental opportunities that online technologies offer small churches in the 21st century forms the foundation of this research article. This article reports on a master’s study which seeks to investigate whether small churches are aware of the opportunities generated by the use of online technologies.

Objectives: This study was done to identify the current online technology usage and seeks to create awareness as to how these technologies are impacting congregation members in the small church environment.

Method: A quantitative study was conducted in the form of a survey of four small churches in the Johannesburg metropolitan area to identify the current usage and the potential impact online technologies could have upon the small churches.

Results: The study indicated that online technologies have a large role to play in the development of small churches and have the ability to increase the involvement of members in church programmes.

Conclusion: It is clear that online technologies offer substantial benefits. Small churchesshould incorporate the opportunities associated with online technologies in their strategic plans.


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