I’ve been a little a little worried about people / churches mistaking streaming worship and preaching / teaching for church. Streaming a service, sermon or worship isn’t necessarily church. Gathering, worshipping together and listening to teaching / preaching are a part of church life. They aren’t in the fullest extent church. As we do that, it is important for us to keep in mind that online church is more than streaming.
I don’t know how many times my family searches for a family-friendly show or movie to watch together, only to find nothing. Granted my youngest sibling and I have a decade of difference between our ages so that probably doesn’t help, but we recently discovered a show on Netflix that the whole family has completely loved so far. It’s called Raising Dion.
One of the biggest concerns for parents raising young children in today’s technology-filled era is the problem of completely not understanding how the technology works. If you jump on Snapchat and do inappropriate stuff, it’s not gone forever, Snapchat does store it. When you attempt to do sinful things online, even when you think you are being sneaky, people can still easily access what you have done.
One area also that remains a bit of a mystery are smart speakers like Alexa, Google Home, or other similar devices. But what if you could teach your kids how it works and even builds a small version yourself with them to understand it fully?
The current outbreak of COVID-19 around the world is an experience unlike anything any of us have ever seen before. We’re all no doubt feeling a range of emotions: stressed, confused, frustrated, scared, and anxious. While we act it’s also good to reflect on what every church leader can learn from the COVID-19 crisis.
That’s no surprise because this global pandemic is impacting just about every aspect of our lives. Schools are closed. Travel is severely limited. Some of us have to work from home; some of us can’t work at all. Events are being changed or canceled. Sports have disappeared. In some parts of the world in-person, in the same physical space church gatherings are banned for now.
Despite all these unprecedented happenings, we can take heart from how people are responding. We’ve learned to embrace this new thing called social distancing to keep the virus from spreading. And we’re finding new ways to be generous and uplifting to one another online.
Last week (March 10th) we recorded a podcast focused on the Church using technology during things like what we are currently experiencing with Coronavirus (COVID-19). At the time of the recording, some countries like Italy in Europe, and cities like Hong Kong were already in lockdown. The United States hadn’t had a single quarantine or closure in, and South Africa was just about announce stringent measures as have other countries since. Please keep that in mind while you listen to the podcast, as a lot has developed in these past 10-days (from today’s publishing).