Feeding His Sheep Through Technology for Small to Medium Churches
The world today is full of sin and evil. This is very evident every time we turn on our electronic devices. The promotion of sin on television seems to be on almost every program. Throughout the internet pornography is readily available at the click of a mouse. Satan is alive and doing well in our society. It seems that Jesus Christ Church is having a less and less influence on society as God’s way is rejected for the ways of immorality and sin.
All Things are From God and are Good
In today’s world, how does Christ’s church compete with such an exposure to sin? Well I only know what the scriptures tell me in Romans 11: 36: “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever.” What does this tell me? It tells me that today’s technology is to be used to Glorify God and to carry out the Great Commission of Matthew 28: 19-20: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” So, if all things were from God then so was technology. So, this leaves the question of how does His Church use technology as a tool to “Feed His Sheep”, especially for the small and medium church who only staff is the Pastor and a part time secretary?
The area of using modern technology for the glorification of God is an area to which I feel God has called me to minister to small to medium sized churches. I am a Ruling Elder in a church whose membership is 130 communing members. We depend on volunteers and their families to do the work of the church. My plan is to help share the knowledge that I have gained, through a series of blogs to help you use what has been given to you, by God to reach outside your walls, to your community and the world for Christ. I spent my career as an engineer in the medical technology and since my retirement have started a small web design company. I have been designing websites for over seven years and have some knowledge of IT and video technology. At our church, we have gone from having little outreach other than a small inefficient drag and drop website to one of reaching the community and the world through live stream, video and a monthly professionally done bluegrass venue with sound stage and lighting in our fellowship hall. However, one word of caution, we are Christ Church and everything we do is to be centered around presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If what we are doing is not centered around that, then we have no business doing it.
In my next blog, hopefully next week, I will share with you the proper way to put together a website that is meaningful to both potential visitors and for members. There is a lot of research and thought that goes into producing a productive and useful website. Your website can be your window to your community where you can see the world and the world can get a glimpse of Christ’s Church through your website’s window. It should be an inviting view.
Until then may God bless you and your church and may you serve our Lord and Savior in a way that is pleasing to him.
Matthew 5: 14-15
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. “