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April 2nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Church expands flock on Facebook

(CNN) – The church has never be an organization accused of keeping up with the trends, but now places of worship are using social networks like Twitter and Facebook to expand their flock.

Church 2.0: where followers are believers. Our Carol Costello looks at how one church is expanding its flock – on Facebook.

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  1. KC

    Dear Howie;
    That's why a relationship w/Jesus is much better than a religion with a church, etc.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  2. Stan

    The Word says," Don't forsake yourself to the assembly of believers."
    But if one is sick and doesn't want to spread what they have connceting with their fellowship and not missing anything is good.
    And the Word also says," That one day every knee will bow and every
    tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of All wheather they
    believe it or not,and for some it will be simply to late,and for the rest of us we will have eternity with our Lord and Saviour free of all sickness,
    pain,war etc.Praise the Lord for that Promise.

    April 6, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  3. Tiffany

    His Word will spread all over the world. Praise God.

    April 6, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  4. daniel

    Howie, if you don't want churches on your facebook or myspace, don't send them a friend request or accept theirs. How simple is that? No REAL church/religion tries to force themself on you. Just say no, brother. God gives you that choice out of love. Railing against it is just hate.

    April 6, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  5. Makes Sense

    People who use social media sites have already identified themselves as lemmings. Church membership is a natural fit.

    April 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  6. pastor carl newton

    I am one of those non-committed to computers,facebook ,my-space and twitter. I would not know or desire creating a "blog' or account of any kind but a bank account. I have a Minister of Music at my Church now who is totally into all of this stuff and we have already taken steps as this Church in this article has done. I applaud this congregation's adminstrator's vision. We are a small Church in Sapulpa,Oklahoma a suburb of Tulsa and as the Pastor I teach "loving God first and mankind second" I believe in signs and wonders following those who love God for who he really is,Almighty. I am a prayer warrior I can get a prayer through to Heaven I love for people to give me a prayer request
    and God comes to bat for them and God knocks a "home run. My Minster of music is Dr.Rubin E.Logan.

    April 5, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  7. simplefact

    "All" religions are subjugation of self & others. No more; no less!

    Everything (good/bad/ugly/tradition/etc.) exists without religion. Why the subjugation?

    If one has it in his/her heart, religion is irrelevant. We can be spiritual/good/bad without religion; and let's not be fooled - sexual abuses by non/religious institutions have existed for centuries & millenniums. The immunity is the evil part; and institutional cover-up is ingrained - it's human nature! There is no possible reform but the elimination of all religions. This is not hatred or bigotry; it's just a fact of life and we need to rise above 'all' religions!

    Why did Romney get 90% of the Utah's primary votes in 2008? If our value system varies that much based on religion, what does that tell you – If we drank the 'majority' kool-aid, it's our rights & not subjugation? Religious subjugation has no bounds!

    April 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  8. Spiritbutterflygirl

    What a great idea!!!! I am in a wheelchair dueto a stroke, and cannot get out to church, this is great. Praise God!!!!!!

    April 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  9. A. Smith, Oregon

    On this Easter Sunday comes a glimmer of hope and light that Justice may be served upon Pope Ratz on behalf of thousands of children sexually abused by Vatican clerics.

    UK Courts may challenge Pope Ratz's immunity over his involvement in what appears to be a systematic cover-up of the rape and sodomy of thousands of children in the care of Vatican clerics.

    Senior British lawyers are now examining whether the pope should have immunity as a head of state or whether he could be prosecuted under the principle of universal jurisdiction for an alleged systematic cover-up of sexual abuses by priests.

    Citing Universal jurisdiction — a concept in international law — allows judges to issue warrants for nearly any visitor accused of grievous crimes, no matter where they live. British judges have been more open to the concept than those in other countries.

    But Geoffrey Robertson, who as a U.N. appeals judge delivered key decisions on the illegality of conscripting child soldiers and the invalidity of amnesties for war crimes, believes it could be time to challenge the immunity of the pope — and Britain could be the place. He wrote a legal opinion on the topic that was published Friday in the U.S. news site The Daily Beast and Saturday in the British newspaper the Guardian.

    "Unlike in the United States, where the judges commonly uphold what the executive says, the British courts don't accept these things at face value," Robertson told The Associated Press on Saturday. "The Vatican is not a state — it was a construct of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini."

    Prosecution in the deepening cleric sex abuse scandal, however, ultimately rests on the question of immunity. If British judges do challenge the pope's immunity, there are a handful of possible legal scenarios — all of them speculative.

    The pope could be served for a writ for civil damages, a complaint could be lodged with the International Criminal Court, or abuse victims could try to have Benedict arrested for crimes against humanity — perhaps the least likely scenario.

    Lawyers question whether an alleged systematic cover-up could be considered a crime against humanity — a charge usually reserved for the International Criminal Court — and whether it could be pursued under universal jurisdiction.

    Attorney Jennifer Robinson in London, who has been researching the possibilities, says rape and sexual slavery can be considered crimes against humanity.

    "Head of state immunity provides no protection in the International Criminal Court," said Robertson, who represented The Associated Press and other media organizations who sought to make U.S.-U.K. intelligence exchanges public in the case of former Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed.

    "If acts of sexual abuse by priests are not isolated or sporadic events but part of a wide practice both known to and unpunished by their de facto-authority — i.e. the Catholic Church ... then the commander can be held criminally liable," Robertson said.

    In a 2005 test case in Texas that involved alleged victims of sex abuse by priests, the Vatican obtained the intervention of President George W. Bush, who agreed the pope should have immunity against such prosecutions not only because he was an acting head of a foreign state but because the horrific Republican administration of Bush-Cheney greatly feared War Crimes would be charged against Bush jr. in other nations for his role in the Iraq War.

    It was around 1929 when Mussolini decided that the Vatican — a tiny enclave about 0.17 of a square mile with some 900 people — was a sovereign state.

    April 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  10. Junipero Brutus

    We try to destroy the existing Church and discover new ones.
    What for?

    April 4, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  11. Manny HM

    When Jesus Christ placed Himself on a mount, the idea is that He is seen better by more people. The electronic media is much more effective in providing exposure to much much more people. The Almighty has given us the mind to think of that.

    April 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  12. Evelyn

    Christians need to fellowship with other Christians.

    April 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  13. Rhonda

    It's awesome that not only are Christian Organizations using the "Tech of the Times" to expand the knowledge of Christ, but Individual Believers are also reaching out with the saving message of Christ!! Happy Easter 🙂

    April 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  14. John

    Yes.....I think they realize how much easier and cheaper the "brainwashing" can be done via the internet. Remember, you can put anything on the internet and people will believe it..... it's sad.

    April 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  15. Dr RatstaR

    If you want to see a better example of online Facebook proselytizing/spirituality, I suggest you do a search for Landover Baptist Church on Facebook.

    "This is the OFFICIAL LANDOVER BAPTIST CHURCH Facebook Page. All others (except for satellite ministries) are but imitations of the Lord's largest assembly of worthwhile True Christians™ to ever exist on His Holy Earth. Located in beautiful Freehold, Iowa."

    "Where the Worthwhile Worship – Guaranteeing Salvation Since 1620"

    (Unsaved Unwelcome).

    April 3, 2010 at 2:10 am |
  16. Donna

    We were watching the piece on Inspiring spirituality online and we feel that no matter where you are if your heart is one with the Savior you can and WILL worship Him anywhere. We do agree that it is similar to the dating issue where eventually you'll want to "connect" with others to BE the church outside your world. And corporate worship is necessary for spiritual maturity but it 's a great way to get introduced and we are for it 100%.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  17. Keith Dunne

    This is a great ministry and will change the way people see the church. Have had been a member of the church 25 years and the last 3 years have worship on line and now through facebook and this is great opporunity to your unchurch The Lord will work in the life of this people

    April 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  18. Howie

    religion is the worse invention man ever made. a cruel hoax that is now reaching even into "believers" socializing on line. what is the next thing they would like to control??

    April 2, 2010 at 12:59 pm |