Like anything else that comes along we tend to ask if whatever is new really has a place within today’s church. Some make the argument that the way they have always done things suites them just fine. Some are all in for the newest mainstream invention to be a part of the amazing technicolor light and sound show that is their church services. Others, which I assume to be the majority, try to find a balance between keeping traditional church alive and adding in a newness that attracts a tech savvy generation.
Media does indeed have a place within a church setting. Ten years ago, I don’t think I could say that with the same conviction. Today? Yes, most assuredly. So, use media when and where it is appropriate. What media is appropriate for you and your congregation is a question that can only you as a ministry team can answer. However, I hope that I can help you figure that out either here in this blog series or in a personal conversation.
Churches, no matter the size, can benefit from a good balance of media usage: from church informational packets to video loops in worship services, from custom branding to smart brochures and signs. Here is the question you need to ask yourself when it comes to wanting to implement new technology/media, “Does it help further propel our ministry into the vision God has in place?” If the answer is yes then by all means incorporate whatever it is you are considering, but do it while covering everything in prayer. If the answer is no then don’t go through with it, instead bathe your options in prayer and seek God’s face and then move forward accordingly.
Try new things. Figure out what works for your church congregation. When things don’t go according to your plan, remember that it is God’s plan not yours… When you try something and it doesn’t go over as you had envisioned, remember to go back to the quite place and seek God’s direction… So, seek God in all things and he will place each foot where he desires.