NC church encourages Twitter to spread word

April 13, 2009 5:08:54 AM PDT
Most churches want them turned off, but one North Carolina church encouraged its members to use their cell phones, BlackBerrys and other devices to help spread the word during Easter services.The Charlotte Observer reported Monday that Next Level church in Union County was alive with Twitter during the Easter Sunday service. The electronic service sends short messages to other phones and online.

Pastor Todd Hahn told the congregation that he hoped they were Twittering during the service "about your experience with God."

Hahn said a committee of young members came up with the idea as a special way to observe Easter. The pastor said Twitter is a social network and can remind people they aren't worshipping alone.