Technology & the Church

I came across some statistics that surprise me, and make me wonder: "What implications does this have for the Church?"  Here are a few that I found most interesting:

  • There are 5.3 billion mobile subscribers (that's 77% of the world population).
  • Within 5 years mobile will overtake PC as the most popular way to get on the web.
  • In 2011 over 85% of new handsets will be able to access the mobile web.
  • $240 billion worth of bills will be paid by mobile phone (called m-payments) in 2011.
  • M-payments are expected to reach over $1 trillion by 2015.

Some churches ignore technology (Amish); most are just a few decades behind; and some pay close attention yet aren't driven by technology. That is who we want to be.

I can think of several implications for the Church. What about you?

  1. I love that phrase: “and some pay close attention yet aren’t driven by technology”

    I’m glad that’s where we want to be. Technology, just like many other things used for ministry, is a tool to help people. But just like other things, it can become an idol. Pursuing technology for the sake of technology is a waste of resources and time.

    I know in our time and culture, technology can be a real aid for people. You can present material in unique ways than you ever could before (I mean, you showed two different videos during your sermon this week that were both entertaining and still made the point you were trying to convey).

  2. As Christians we have to be where the people are whether it is physically or virtually. We wouldn’t locate a church’s building in Death Valley – no people there to evangelize or minister to. By the same token, a church ignoring places like Facebook, MySpace, Google+, or other social media outlets is missing a great point of contact with a great many people.

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