Grow Your Church by Embracing Technology
By: Daniel Threlfall
It's a given fact that a lot of churches are embracing technology in a major way. By "technology," we don't just mean a microphone, electric lights, and a telephone line. Today's churches are going big time with the cutting-edge stuff.
The question is no longer, "Are churches embracing technology?" The real question is, "How is the influx of technology affecting the church?"
Can you grow your church by embracing technology? Should you?
Before we answer, it's important to think about some of the dangers that technology might usher into the church. Are the following scenarios realistic, legitimate, or are they even dangers?
Technology as a substitute for attendance at worship
Technology as a substitute for pastoral exhortation or biblical teaching
The distraction of technology
Technology for the sake of entertainment
Excessive emphasis on daily technology to the exclusion of integral Sunday worship
Cultivating covetousness for technology
Overspending on technology
Alienation of people without technology
Some of those fictional comments may exhibit naivety, fleshly thinking, or an immature Christian understanding, but do you see the dangers? No, technology is not the bugaboo of the Christian church, but I think it does have some dangers.
Rather than do a pro/con analysis of technology in the church, it is important instead to consider some solutions. How do we overcome the dangers of technology in the church?
1. Relate technology to the church mission.
This is not the place for a discussion of church mission, but it may serve you well to give serious thought to developing a church mission, and then relating church technology to its proper place within the mission of the church. Remember, the mission should come first, followed by integration of technology.
2. Consider technology as less important than human interaction.
3. View technology as one component of church ministry.
Before long, technology becomes a budget item that outstrips all others. But, is it really that important?
Technology is important, but not more important than the other components of church ministry. Don't let the exciting buzz of new technology outstrip attention to other aspects of ministry–urban outreach, missions, senior ministry, care for widows, children's ministry, etc. Yes, technology can enhance other ministries, but when it robs them, it's time to reevaluate the level of importance your ministry places upon technology.
Now, we return to the title of this article: grow your church by embracing technology. By "grow," we mean enhance, improve, and cultivate. Many proponents of the church growth movement have degraded "church growth" to a get-more-people-in-the-pews approach to doing church.
You can grow–enhance, improve, cultivate–your church by embracing technology in the right way.
This article is courtesy of Sharefaith, www.sharefaith.com. In order to provide the best solutions in church digital media, their goal is to partner with churches and ministries, providing technology solutions and communication tools that will enable them to communicate the gospel more effectively.