Kyle Nickel • March 06, 2019
The link between ministry and technology is not immediately obvious. In fact, it can be easy to question whether technology has any place in the church at all.
Still, as ministries around the country continue to incorporate various modes of technology into their day-to-day operations, it becomes paramount to examine God’s Word on the subject.
Below are four Bible verses that encourage techology in ministry.
This passage explains the parable of the sower. Sowers do not limit themselves to certain soils; instead, they spread seeds everywhere, including rocks, thorns, or other soils thought to be less fertile. For, though uncommon, sometimes these seeds are able to flourish into something beautiful.
As Christians, we are expected to do the same. We should not be selective in whom we extend ourselves to, but rather aim to spread Christ’s message to as many people as possible. Technology lets us connect with a bigger audience than ever before.
In Biblical times, the only way to “carry” good news was to bring it physically, walking from one place to another. Technological advances, however, have opened up numerous additional communication channels, all of which we can use to amplify the rate at which we spread the Word.
Jesus tells us to go out and make disciples of all nations – to spread the Word to people wherever they are. These days, people spend an increasing amount of time on their laptops, tablets and iphones. Should we not use the technology available to us and meet them there? We are called to extend the message to people wherever they are, and technology allows us to do exactly that.
Every member of your congregation is blessed with a different set of skills and talents – embracing all of them is essential to building a strong community.
While you may excel in teaching or shepherding, others may find their strengths in technology. God bestowed each person with these gifts for a reason. Create an environment that encourages people to take advantage of their skillsets and use them in ways that glorify Him.
We live in a world that is constantly evolving and adapting. Emerging technologies need not contradict our beliefs; instead, they can actually help us spread God’s word. When we look to scripture for guidance, we learn that leveraging new advancements can fit in perfectly with what we are setting out to do – to reach more lives.
To learn how to incorporate technology into your ministry, download How to Reach and Engage Your Congregation in a Digital World: A Pastor's Guide.