Christianity and the Digital Age: Sustaining the Online Church

Justine John Dyikuk

Graduate, Centre for the Study for African Culture and Communication (CESACC), Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), Port Harcourt, Nigeria. 

Accepted 23 August 2017

Citation: Dyikuk JJ (2017). Christianity and the Digital Age: Sustaining the Online Church. International Journal of Journalism and Mass Communication. 3(1): 043-049.

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Abstract

Reading the signs of time is crucial to a changing world. From its birth on Pentecost Sunday in the year 33[CO1]  to date, the Church has had her fair share of troubles. In most cases, she has had to either be conservative or progressive – her adherents who pretend to be in the middle often suffer backlash from critics. The conservative or progressive schools [CO2] of thought signal change in the Church either in ecclesiology or doctrine. Apparently, one of such changes rocking the Church’s boat is the world of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Premised on these challenges, the researcher used the qualitative method [CO3] to access the matter. The study discovered that given the circumstance, the Church is left with no option than to create and sustain an Online Church [CO4] for reaching out to millions of Christians who are incapacitated while uniting a fragmented humanity. It was also discovered that New Media platforms are invaluable assets in breaking new grounds for evangelization. The paper  discovered that pastors of souls should take advantage of the new media of communication and engage their faithful by not just creating an Online-Church but sustaining it[CO5] .

Keywords: Age, church, communications, digital, online   [CO6] 


 [CO1]I removed AD as suggested

 [CO2]Conservative or progressive schools of thought

 [CO3]The author used the qualitative method as against the conceptual method

 [CO4]Hyphen is removed for Online Church for the sake of consistency

 [CO5]I added the discussion of findings

 [CO6]The words are arranged alphabetically