Crenshaw Christian Center Creates New E-Church For Online Believers
Los Angeles, CA – It is commonly believed that God is omnipresent. If that's the case, then why wouldn't God be in cyberspace? With every technological breakthrough, the 2000-year-old Christian faith has kept pace with the popular media of its age – from stone tablets and scrolls to radio and television and now the Internet.
Today, if you can't go to church, church will come to you via the Internet. Many churches have made significant capital investments to allow people a chance to have a spiritual experience right on their computer.
Crenshaw Christian Center is a Los Angeles-based mega-church that has been in existence for 35 years and features a television show titled "Ever Increasing Faith" (see www.faithdome.org). It recently launched a new website that has dynamic features, making it an E-Church destination for those seeking solace and spiritual enrichment.
"In the past, churches didn't have the technology or the finances to compete with the top business websites," said Michael Evans, vice president of Marketing at Crenshaw Christian Center and Ever Increasing Faith Ministries. "They looked like personal sites instead of high concept quality sites."
"However the cost to create high quality websites decreased significantly and there is more access to improved web tools," said Evans adding that the church will be holding a competition to name its social networking site. The competition is open to the public.
Evans said the church's new Head Pastor, Frederick K. Price Jr., is a 29-year-old self-proclaimed techno geek with an iphone. Although his father and former Head Pastor, Apostle Frederick K.C. Price, was one of the first African American ministers to go on nationwide television, his son has been a driving source to make the website more interactive and to allow a conversation with people.
There is a cyber store to purchase Bibles and books, podcasts featuring mini-sermons by the father and the son, a live broadcast of services, rebroadcast of the Ever Increasing Faith television program and a social networking site. The social networking site is a new feature created to appease those who want more support or interaction with other believers. But the church is currently seeking a name for it.
"The digital world offers a variety of new ways to theological ideas that's immediately accessible," said Evans. "I'd say that's God being omnipresent or at least a digital equivalent."
To submit your idea for a name of Ever Increasing Faith's social networking site, log onto www.faithdome.org. The winner will receive recognition for creating a name and prizes. To view other sites hosted by the church visit www.youtube.com/faithwalkwithme, www.godtube.com/everincreasingfaith or Google Ever Increasing Faith Ministries.