Technology and Church

Technology and Church

If you can’t do it extremely well, don’t do it.

Last weekend, I spent an hour at a church service where people half-heartedly attempted to utilize technology. And failed. Miserably.

The “contemporary” music was one woman singing from a keyboard and a microphone covered by one of those foam pad things.

The screen and projector was consistently off from what was happening.

The video didn’t start for at least two minutes after it was supposed to.

Someone in the back kept adjusting the color and brightness levels of the screen.

The pastor’s mic worked only occasionally.

It was an utter disastrous attempt to utilize technology in the name of becoming “relevant.”

The only “revelant” thing about the church service was the time on the clock.

Listen, I’m not bashing the “heart” of this church community; I’m only trying to make a point. If Christians are unable to utilize technology in exceptional ways, to use it will only damage their missional intentions.

Many churches missed the boat entirely on the last decade of technological revolution. Some are playing catch-up and doing so poorly; some are avoiding it altogether in the name of tradition, ignorance, or fear; and others are actually utilizing technology effectively.

“Sadly, despite being warned, many churches, denominations, and individual Christians missed this stage of the revolution entirely. Even worse, as many are dimly becoming aware that the tsars in denominational headquarters can no longer control the conversations, they are producing new media content as if the revolution were still in the early stages,” writes John Mark Reynolds in The New Media Frontier.

For today’s blog, I’m going to post some links to websites which are examples of churches who are avoiding technology of the web, just now using technology of the web (and poorly), and churches who are actually attracting people to the web in the name of love and the Great Commission.

Why even put these websites up?

http://elclongview.com/

http://www.gslclasvegas.org/

http://www.firstgoodshepherd.org/

Average websites needing a vast improvement:

http://www.hosannalc.org/ (yes yes I know, but it’s not secret this church needs a web upgrade)

http://www.clclv.org/ (yes yes I know, but it’s no secret our church needs a web upgrade)

http://www.prairielutheran.org/

http://www.nhlc.org/

My non-Christian friends would check this website out and use it:

http://www.marshillchurch.org/

http://www.vivalaverve.org/

http://www.crosspoint.tv/

http://www.lifechurch.tv/

“After all, just because you are on the Internet does not mean anyone is paying attention. As new media make the Internet more crowded, the quality will be the easiest way to get through the noise,” Reynolds writes.

It’s true: To just put up a website is not effective; in fact, it is damaging. To just sing “contemporary” songs or use a video projector and do it poorly, forget it. Not worth it.

If churches don’t use technology exceptionally, it’s not worth it and will only damage missional intentions.

On a personal confession, my blog site is nowhere up to standards in terms of looks. If I’m going to use my blog to be truly missional, I will need to improve the look dramatically.

But this post is not about blogs and instead about church websites.

What do you think?

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