oa South African Journal of Information Management - The use of online technologies in the small church : original research

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2078-1865
  • E-ISSN: 1560-683X



The lack of consideration of the developmental opportunities that online technologies offer small churches in the 21st century forms the foundation of this research article. This article reports on a master's study which seeks to investigate whether small churches are aware of the opportunities generated by the use of online technologies.

This study was done to identify the current online technology usage and seeks to create awareness as to how these technologies are impacting congregation members in the small church environment.
A quantitative study was conducted in the form of a survey of four small churches in the Johannesburg metropolitan area to identify the current usage and the potential impact online technologies could have upon the small churches.
The study indicated that online technologies have a large role to play in the development of small churches and have the ability to increase the involvement of members in church programmes.
It is clear that online technologies offer substantial benefits. Small churches should incorporate the opportunities associated with online technologies in their strategic plans.

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