The Church of England on Friday announced the creation of its first “virtual parish” and invited applicants for the position of “Web pastor”, according to MSNBC.
The purpose of the Internet church, or ” i-church ,” according to the Web site, “is to provide a Christian community for those who wish to explore Christian discipleship but who are not able, or do not wish, to join a local congregation.”
The successful applicant, who will answer to the Bishop of Oxford, will need to be as familiar with the information superhighway as he or she is with the Church of England, the advertisement said.
One target of the virtual parish is busy believers.
“For people who travel a great deal or are unable to attend regularly, i-church can support them spiritually wherever they are in the world,” the church said on its Web site.