Liquid Telecom has connected Christ is the Answer Ministry (CITAM) church with new MPLS-based Wide Area Network that will see the church live stream its services on YouTube.
The new network connects CITAM’S 19 branches at 10Mbps and its headquarters at a 100Mbps, with just one church in Kapsabet in Nandi County connected with a high-speed wireless link.
CITAM says the move is aimed at drawing Generation Z into its congregation as an age group that now makes up 46 % of the country’s population, but which is not attending church.
“We have decided to take the Gospel creatively and intentionally into this space, which is the ‘in’ thing, the common thing, and the future thing for our target audience. This will enable CITAM to faithfully live out its vision with this generation, which comprises the pre-churched, un-churched and de-churched urban populace that has embraced massive digital migration. It will entail taking our Sunday and weekday services to the masses online,” said David Oginde, CITAM’s Presiding Bishop.
CITAM says its new online service is already reaching over 1,200 YouTube subscribers, with 157 motivational and biblical videos posted by CITAM’s bishop, pastors, reverends, and guest speakers that have achieved over 70,205 views in under 3 months.
In addition to its digital launch, Liquid Telecom’s connectivity has enabled the church to set-up a Microsoft Dynamics application to handle its enterprise resource planning, which is accessible from all of its branches.
“We have invested in ICT to enhance CITAM’s efficiency in service delivery to our members,” said Rev. Elias Mwaura CITAM’s Director for Administration.
The Liquid Telecom Kenya system is also now powering a new E-board platform for CITAM, which is an application that manages board papers, minutes, decision papers, agendas, and a voting module. The system is now being used by CITAM’s council of elders and senior pastors to achieve smooth boards meetings and performance evaluations.
Other sections of the church benefiting from the new high-speed Internet include Hope Media, CITAM Schools – which will now benefit from digital learning and connected computer labs – and CITAM’s Kadolta Resort in Keserian, Kajiado County.
Liquid Telecom’s connection will also see CITAM’s media section, Hope Media, broaden its reach and programming capacity, especially in digital broadcasting.
“The rapid growth and development of technology, especially (ICT), is having a major impact globally across every sector, including churches. As the country’s leading ISP, Liquid Telecom is committed to offering high-speed Internet solutions to help every organisation realise its growth and maximum potential,” said Adil El Youssefi, CEO, Liquid Telecom Kenya.