When church leaders want to promote their faith in social media, they usually rely on traditional media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
But in an effort to combat the growing use of social media by Christians in the U.S., some leaders have begun to embrace new technology to promote Christianity on social media.
Church leaders say it is a more natural fit for their churches.
And it is not only a way to promote church attendance and growth.
It is also a way for pastors to reach their congregation, say some pastors, who also say the technology is a way of reaching out to potential converts.
The trend is gaining traction as churches around the world have begun using social media to reach out to new converts.
Church leaders in Germany, France and elsewhere have started using social networking platforms like LinkedIn to recruit members and connect with potential converts, said Hans-Peter Mottmann, a pastor at the church in the northern city of Leipzig.
In France, where a national election is scheduled for June, the local church is using the same platform to recruit potential converts from within its ranks, he said.
“If we use the same technology, it will be easier for us to reach new people,” said Mr. Mottbaum, who is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America.
“And the more we use it, the better we will do.”
In Germany, the church is also using the social media platform Yik Yak to reach potential converts with an invitation to a service, said Dr. Martin Döpfner, the pastor of a parish in the city of Hesse.
Yik Yak is a popular platform that allows people to share photos, videos and other content and also encourages members to “like” each other’s posts.
It was created by a German tech company, Googl, which is owned by Google, and is similar to Facebook, according to its website.
The service has been widely used by the churches of Hessen, where Mr. Döperner is the pastor.
In a country where religion is a national pastime, it’s also a good way to reach a large audience of people who may not have a religious upbringing, said Ms. Tischler, the Facebook and YikYak evangelist.
For now, the German church is not alone in its embrace of social networking.
The Catholic Church is also moving toward the social use of Facebook, in a bid to reach the broader population.
In June, a video showed a pastor in a Vatican-style chapel asking followers to leave their phones behind to use the platform for a prayer meeting.
And some other countries have begun embracing the use of other technology, such as video conferencing platforms like Skype.
The Catholic Church’s use of Skype, which allows members to chat with one another, has been a source of criticism.
But Dr. Munkelsmann said he does not see the use as a barrier to evangelism.
“In fact, we believe that this is a great advantage for churches,” he said, pointing to the use in a U.K. diocese of its parish.
“They can reach people through the technology.”
Other churches have begun sharing church materials online.
In July, a Dutch church posted a video that featured an interview with a woman who said she was struggling with depression after marrying a Muslim man in 2013.
The woman was a convert to Islam, who had left her Christian husband in an unhappy marriage and then divorced him when she was pregnant with her second child.
At the same time, the video also included a photo of a man who said he had converted to Christianity and had also left his Christian husband.
The man said he was shocked when he saw the photo and that he could no longer speak to him.
The video was made by a pastor from a Dutch Catholic church, the Netherlands Reformed Church of Christ, and shared on YouTube.
But it did not include a video interview with the woman, which some have called inappropriate.
A video of a woman in Germany who converted to Islam was also posted on YouTube by the church.
While there is a wide range of religious traditions and social settings, church leaders say the use for converting converts is a part of the tradition.
The idea is to reach people who are looking for guidance, and then they can learn how to do things that are good for their faith and their family, said Mr, Munkel, the evangelist in the Leipziger church.