The Gospel message has always been carried forward by technology whether the development of papyrus, the printing press, radio, television or the internet. What is the new frontier that churches need to be prepared for?
More than ever today I believe that frontier is the mobile device. Mobile phones are nearly ubiquitous, there are over 238 million mobile users the US and over 6 billion globally. Mobile phones are now not only used for email & web surfing but also for photo sharing, updating social media ,paying bills, and even arming your home’s security system. In many countries you are more likely to have a mobile phone than have access to a computer.
So how can today’s church engage both it’s members and community on their mobile phones? And more importantly what technologies can impact your church in the important areas, of community, discipleship, outreach, and evangelism?
Three of the technologies I have found to be very effective in ministry and engaging a church are SMS/Text Messaging, Mobile Websites, and Mobile Apps.