Does your church have a vision for technology? What would that look like if it did? Does it matter if your church doesn’t have a vision for technology?
Proverbs 29:18 says:
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (KJV)
Don’t miss this verse. Where there is no vision, the people perish. The second part of the verse about keeping the law literally means guarding the direction of the vision, then the word happy literally means blessed. So, people perish when there is no vision, but those that guard the direction of the vision are blessed. The church needs vision for many areas, technology included. Where there is no vision, the technology will perish.
I like The Message version of this verse too:
If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.
Technology enables the church to reach people and quite honestly, the lost are not flocking to church. We, as the church, reflecting Christ in our actions and attitudes, need to reach out to our community and one way to do that is by using technology, via websites, podcasts and other ways. The technology ministry in your church needs to become a priority if it’s not already and the vision needs to become focused and defined.
If your church does not have a vision for integrating technology into ministry, don’t expect technology to enhance the ministry of your church.
How do you cast a vision for technology in your church? That’s a tough question and one that has no easy answer. I’ve seen churches that are not interested in using technology to enhance their ministry and anything done in that regard was not effective. (I’ve been part of a church like that recently, I couldn’t even begin to cast a vision and I didn’t last long!)
I am blessed to be in a church now that is open to doing more with technology and needs a vision in that way. I have seen steps taken in the right direction in the last couple of months and that is exciting. If you have cast this vision for technology in your church, please share, I think we can all learn from your experience.