You Won’t Be Text-Communicated

A Seattle church is encouraging congregants to Twitter throughout the service.

The Mars Hill Church in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood is not your grandma’s church. On Sunday, the pastor’s sermon was being broadcast on large video screens to accommodate his laryngitis and the congregants in church were broadcasting on their iPhones. They weren’t talking, but “Twittering,” typing in brief thoughts or messages for their friends to read in real time. “How does the service impact them, what does worship feel like to them and its a good way for them to kind of tell their friends what church is about without their friends even coming in the building,” aid Kyle Firstenberg, Mars Hill Campus Administrator.

I’d have to Tweet the standard: “Video or it didn’t happen.”