This week I’m going to engage in some thoughts about church and technology. For a long time I’ve had on my radar to do a message series on this. Not sure when I’ll pull it out, but I’ll jump into some thoughts I have about it this week. I’d love to hear from some of you about your feelings on this topic. If you know me, then you know how much I love technology. I worked in an information technology career for about 8 years before entering full-time ministry.
It seems that very few churches are embracing technology today. So many are set in their ways about how they communicate their messages, how they share announcements and even how they connect with each other. That is one reason why our church is participating in OnePrayer. It pushes us to experiment with technology in our churches and yet gives us an opportunity to hear from some great communicators. It was great to have Pastor Steve Furtick from Elevation Church speak at our church and we didn’t pay him a dime! 🙂
Let’s face it, we have become much more isolated in our culture. We can so easily park our cars in our garages and lower the door without even saying “hi” to our neighbors. In many ways we have become more distant from our neighbors and most people have less healthy relationships today than ever.
On the other hand, technology seems to be bringing us back together in a different way. Now people connect online. Currently I have around 120 “friends” on facebook! Never knew I had that many friends. I know more of what is going on in people’s lives through email, twitter and facebook than I probably need to know. In a crazy way, technology helps me feel much more connected to others…somewhat. Technology will rarely create intimate life-giving relationship. Those relationships are really done better in person. We must recognize the limitations, but embrace it for what it can do.
For the rest of this week, I will talk about the pro’s and con’s of technology and how we can RESPONSIBLY use it to help more people get on the path to God!