Church to spread word of God in Portsmouth... on Twitter

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A NEW Anglican church officer wants to reach Portsmouth communities using social media site Twitter.

The Rev Charlie Peer will take up the role of mission development officer from August this year and hopes to mix traditional ways of preaching with social media to reach a wider audience.

He said: ‘As ministers, a lot of what we do is communicating but the traditional ways of communicating have moved on from sermons and newsletters.

‘Twitter is useful – a lot of things said on there are quite trivial but profound things are said too.

‘On Twitter, people communicate directly to each other, which enables a real democracy, which will in turn help a democratisation of the church.’

The diocese already offers individual churches training in how to promote themselves on social media and Mr Peer is keen for churches to use Twitter.

He said: ‘It’s an unusual role, and not all dioceses have this – it’s good to know that Portsmouth takes it seriously. It’s less about telling what to do, asking what they want to do engage communities.’