Church people tend to fall into three general categories when it comes to technology:
1.) They are all for it and use it to relate to youth and young adults;
2.) They think that technology is an outright impediment to building relationships; or
3.) They think it can be a good tool but they just don’t have the time and skills to use it.
Although I personally fall into the first category, I understand the other positions. Adding social networking to a schedule already spread thin as ice in spring is completely overwhelming. If your nose is always buried in your cell phone, you can miss the people right in front of you.
Watching recent controversial news stories trending on Facebook and Twitter, I don’t know how much longer the church can hold back from its use of technology, even for good reasons. The FBI investigation into the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida was in part spurred by a flurry of petitions that were circulated on social networking sites. Literally millions of people watched Kony 2012 video. Even though there are some serious questions about the Invisible Children organization and campaign, it drew incredible attention to atrocities happening in Uganda.
Can the church afford not to be part of these and other conversations? In a time when many people think that Christianity is irrelevant or even harmful, we can show that Christianity seeks to right the world’s wrongs, heal brokenness and restore justice. We have an obligation to both spread the gospel and promote peace and justice.
Are you using technology in your ministry now? What are some of your frustrations? What are some of the most effective ways you’ve been using it?