Today in the Faith Hub: Where God and Technology Connect series, we’re discussing ways God uses technology in church to help us influence others for Christ. The goal is provide you or your church with ideas you’ve perhaps never thought about before.
As I sat in the Easter service today and experienced the presence of the Lord in church, I couldn’t help but reflect on my appreciation for how the church can use technology to bring people to Jesus. As I reflected on this topic a bit more this afternoon, I overheard my husband explaining our church experience to someone else. His view of the service, after being a part of the church choir for 6 different Easter services, was completely fresh. Isn’t that incredible? The same service 6 times in a row and he was still excited about it!
One of the reasons our church services are so stellar is because of the great job of technology use during the service. Here are some observations I made regarding the ways that God uses technology in church.
1. God is pleased with offering the gift of technology to Him when the media ministry is executed at a professional level.
I know- not every church can “afford” professionals. But I truly believe that this is one position in the church that should not be shortchanged. If the church wants media ministry results, then prioritizing this ministry is a must. Perhaps providing training to volunteers would be a great start in achieving this goal.
I Cor. 10:31 -So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
2. God uses technology team volunteers who have a heart for the church ministry and skills for the job.
Today I saw one of the camera men raising his left hand to praise the Lord while his right hand maneuvered the camera. When the camera man is excited to be a part of the service, his view will be in tune with how the Spirit is moving during the service. His heart for God will capture more than his skill alone could ever produce.
II Chron. 6:19 – For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.
3. God uses media ministry to reach people beyond the four walls of the church.
The reasons why people need flexibility in service times and availability is vast-illness, accidents, third shift jobs…. Many people have their needs met to participate in church services via church’s streaming video services or recorded clips because that is the best scenario for their current life situation. The opportunity to provide an online community to reach others for Christ is huge.
Matt. 22:9 – Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.
4. God uses technology in the church service to engage those in attendance.
Last summer I was privileged to see the incredible art performance of the Jesus Painter at a Women of Faith event. The method in which he paints the Gospel is both thought-provoking and engaging. His art-form uniquely engages the thoughts and emotions of his viewers. The creativity of God is too vast for our imaginations-but I truly believe that technology paints a landscape for some people to see God who might otherwise walk right past Him.
I Cor. 12:18, 21 – But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
How does your church use technology to engage the community for Christ? I’d love to read your answer in the comments.
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