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web church : tech thoughts

There are a few churches that really seem to be embracing technology as a means to engage culture where they are at, rather than using technology to not be left behind. The problem is, if the only motivation for using new tech is to be like everyone else, you’re already going to be behind where you need to be. Of ministry leaders’ blogs I read, when congregations are polled there are typically at least 50%-60% of new attendees that visited the church website before coming for the first time. Looking at this, a church has two options:

1. Make a website because “I guess we should have something (even if the calendar hasn’t been updated since last September)”;

2.  Create a website that is actually an extensions of the church’s ministry, just as useful and interactive as the other means of ministry and/or marketing

Somewhere in the years past, the church has gone from being the forefront of technology (remember the printing press?) to many being – I’ll say it – too holy for the culture’s technology. As Mark Batterson wrote, “churches need to be redeeming technology and using it for God’s purposes!

Sure, there are some examples, like LifeChurch.tv’s Second Life campus. Instead of having a presence in where the world is, instead the Christian culture has felt the need to create a “holy” alternatives to things like MySpace and YouTube. I’m sure there are good things about these alternative sites – my point isn’t to tear those down. I’m just saying that we can make a better effort as follower of Jesus to engage culture where they’re at in regards to technology, rather than asking the world to come to us.

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  1. michaelbreza
    June 8, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Karl,
    I think that your last statement makes a lot of sense. I heard a pastor speak about the mentality of most Christians being similar to the Pharisees of Jesus’ time in that they/we expect people to adopt our beliefs, our traditions, our way of life including speech, literature, music and social activities without engaging people where they are at. That is what a lot of people view as evangelism. This pastor stated that it is better to pray and ask blessings on those that do not know Christ and watch how Christ moves in them. I do not think that means we are to restrict ourselves from proclaiming Jesus at all. I just think that we need to be less focused on changing people’s external identities and more focused on sharing the love of Christ, ministering to their needs, and partnering with people to guide them to the Truth.

  2. June 8, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Karl,
    did you know that Pat Robertson can legg press 1200 pounds?
    technology’s got nothing on Pat Roberton…
    murph

  3. June 8, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Murph,
    Where have you been all my life?
    BTW – I can leg press Pat Robertson.

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