Vicars take lessons in tweeting

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Vicars in Leeds are being taught to Tweet and use other social networking systems as part of a campaign to improve communications between the clergy and congregations.

A free training programme, designed to up-date vicars on new media communications, was launched this week by a Christian media organisation in a bid to bring clergy into the digital age.

Premier Christian Media, which owns Premier Christian Radio, opened its New Media Centre of Excellence (NMCE) to spearhead the drive which will be launched in Leeds towards the end of the month.

Hope City Church, in Leeds, will play host to the first training day on April 28 when experts including NMCE’s director Kevin Bennett will be teaching cyber skills. The NMCE then plans to roll out the programme across the UK.

Chris Denham, pastor of Hope City Church said: “It’s no longer about just what happens on Sunday. Congregations are talking and buzzing all week, sharing photos and stories of their weekend.

“Ministers now have the opportunity to be more in touch with the people who attend their churches, and vice versa.”