How to leverage technology even when it doesn’t feel natural

Just because using technology might not come naturally doesn't mean it can't easily become one of the most beneficial tools for improving your ministry. The mainstreaming of technology in the lives of our members and our churches has brought so many benefits — there’s really no excuse not to use it. At the same time, I realize there are many church leaders who wouldn’t consider themselves technologically savvy, or who even avoid using technology.

Even so, technology improves the way we do ministry. So how do we leverage it even when it doesn’t feel natural?

A few weeks ago, Justin Blaney from Innovate4Jesus sat down with Matt Hammett, lead pastor at Flood Church in San Diego, to answer that question.

I love that Matt points out how we shouldn’t use technology just because it’s cool, but should first seek to understand why it’s beneficial.

Once you’ve identified how technology is going to help your church accomplish its missions, here are a few additional ideas for implementing Matt’s advice of leveraging your younger generation for successful implementation:

  • Communicate your vision. Technology used in the absence of a clear vision for success is almost a complete waste of time.
  • Design good process. Before you implement any software, review the ministry process you hope it will support. Does it still work? Does everyone know their role? Do you hold people accountable?
  • Develop ministry opportunities for those gifted with technology. If your church struggles to use social media, create a volunteer team of people with experience to help.
  • Celebrate people who are good with technology just as much as you celebrate any other volunteer in your church.
  • Create a specific ministry in your church to connect generations. Creating a ministry opportunity for younger members in your church to show older members how to use technology to stay connected with family or benefit from tools they’re interested in is a great way to develop the intergenerational community that every church needs. It can also be equally beneficial for the younger generation to learn skills (construction, repair, sewing, baking, etc.) from the older generation.

What are some other ways churches can leverage technology even when it may not seem natural?

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Posted by Steve Caton on Aug 12, 2013 10:37:57 PM