â€œOur studies continue to show that people are using the Christian media to provide elements of ministry that are not adequately provided to them by their local church,â€ Barna explained. â€œFor some people, these media complement their church experience. For others, a combination of these media forms a significant portion of their faith experience. As the Busters and Mosaics become the dominant population groups in the religious marketplace, combined with the continuing growth of ethnic populations as well, we anticipate more changes in which of these media dominate the religious market, how frequently they are utilized and how they are integrated into the personâ€™s spiritual life.â€
The California-based researcher and author also noted that the Christian media represent the most consistent means of evangelistic outreach by the Christian community. â€œWith our studies showing that about half of all born again adults do not share their faith with any non-believers during the year, and that those who do share their faith talk about it with few non-Christians, the faith-oriented media have become the primary means through which the gospel message is presented to non-Christians on a regular basis.â€ (link)
I just thought it was interesting to see hwo the blogiverse may be replacing other media outlets for Christians...including the local congregation. This couples well with the previous post about the continuing "privatization" of Christianity. Why go to church on Sunday when you can go online any time you want?
Yeah, it is like that. This is the reality of the church.