Ricky Sinclair Highlights New Social Media Study, Reveals Presence of Religion among the Online Community
A recent survey identified social media trends among men and women and found that more than half were willing to share their religious affiliation online. Looking at this trend, Bishop Ricky Sinclair highlights the value of social media in Christianity.
BAKER, La., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — At the Miracle Place Church in Baker, Louisiana, Bishop Ricky Sinclair is committed to teaching his congregation about the values of Christianity and encouraging his members to spread the word of their faith to others. While he recognizes that many efforts regarding fellowship take place person-to-person, such as through charitable activities, Sinclair also notes that there is a great potential to educate the public about Christ’s word through the Internet. As such, Sinclair highlights new statistics–found in a recent article from The Christian Post–that show just how powerful social media can be in terms of religious outreach.
The Christian Post article observes, “In a recent survey uSamp asked the question, ‘Are you willing to share your religious affiliation?’ 62.7 percent of men and 60.2 percent of women answered with yes. The people surveyed were less likely to share contact information online such as phone number and physical address.”
In response to the survey, Ricky Sinclair comments, “I am impressed that people are willing to share their religious affiliation with others, as it is a great way to subtly get the word out about faith. It is also encouraging that people are sharing this information more than other points of data, as it not only exemplifies online safety, but it also suggests a higher value of religion over other personal facts. Basically, it shows that people are proud of their faith–which is always inspiring as a church leader.”
Despite these trends, The Christian Post observes that some may not delve too deep into their religious beliefs within social media, because “research shows that many people want to purposely avoid religious arguments.” Sinclair responds, “It is smart to not create hostility around religious beliefs on the Internet, and this behavior is encouraging, as it suggests that Christians are representing their faith in a more welcoming fashion that is free of judgment.”
Sinclair also notes that the use of social media to identify religious beliefs may help market Christianity to those who have yet to discover the voice of the Lord. Sinclair understands the value of online marketing and asserts that, if applied correctly, churches can use the channel to increase interest in their respective community. “Although the intention may be different between businesses and churches, social media can help both these establishments achieve the same goal–to draw more visitors in a fun and friendly manner,” Ricky Sinclair concludes.
Miracle Place Church and Bishop Ricky Sinclair are dedicated to improving the community while assisting the congregation in building stronger relationships with God. Members of Miracle Place Church place a great deal of value on service and, as a result, participate in a range of ministries that support different members of the population. Through Miracle Place Church, the congregation is able to have a positive impact on the people of the community while helping build the spirituality of the area.
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