Mobile ministry: Churches adopting tablets, smartphones
It seems even churches are having trouble resisting the temptation of mobile technology. According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, more churches are allowing -- even encouraging -- attendees to use their tablet computers and smartphones during sermons.
Many churches used to ban tablets and smartphones from the sanctuary, requiring tech-savvy patrons to sit in the hallways or overflows. However, the news provider reports that Chicago-area churches like Willow Creek Community Church now encourage visitors to take notes or pull up Bible apps on their mobile devices.
Rev. Otis Moss III of Trinity United Church of Christ treats his tablet as a notepad of sorts during sermons, enabling him to keep his talking points conveniently organized in front of him.
"Technology is not the message. It's only the method to enhance the delivery of the message," Moss tells the news provider.
Though tablet computers are not likely to become a common sight in church anytime soon, the trend is picking up across the country. Whether they're allowing the devices in the sanctuary or just updating their websites to better support the new technology, many churches are now embracing tablet computers.