From the early days, the Church has faced many threats. Persecution is one that comes to mind. Allowing worldly culture is one of the threats early leaders warned against. God has always found ways of communicating threats to each generation and culture. One of the hallmarks of our present day is technology. No generation has known realtime connectivity, for example, in the way we do. And, this has some people listing technology as a threat. The threat to the Church isn’t necessarily technology.
One of the foundations of the Christian faith is of God’s grace. It is how we get to have a real relationship with Him. Paul, one of the most prominent leaders and theologians of the early Church reminds us often. Following on, as Christ followers serving in the church we tend to emphasize, how God brings us to Himself. This we must celebrate. We must also remember that it goes further than that.
When IGTV launched we had a debate on this ChurchMag Podcast (#cmagcast) on how churches should approach it. I advocated they immediately jump on it because of its connection to Instagram. My thinking was with an existing user base it was a no-brainer. Jeremy suggested a more calculated approach especially with limited team resources and capacity. One of the things I loved about IGTV then was that it was vertical / portrait only videos. Now that’s changed.
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Church can be a busy place, where there’s always something going on. If it isn’t focus on the vacation Bible school, it’s missions trip. You name it. We need to have concern about the health of the church. We’re called to be faithful in serving our communities and those God has placed under our care. How we go about it can be rewarding. But, it is not without challenge. One of those challenges is not in the work itself but how we manage ourselves, as individuals.
Not so long ago we announced a change of guard at ChurchMag. Thank you for the encouraging messages you’ve sent and continue to send. We appreciate your kind words and wishes. Some have gone on to share experiences even in person. It’s inspiring to hear how people found a good laugh, and help they needed when they needed it. This is encouraging. It strengthens my resolve to do more. To serve even better.
Church tech can be a minefield. There’s lighting, sound, Church Management Software, IT, websites, streaming, cyber-security and much more. And, with limited staff and expertise, it can be overwhelming. In small to medium size churches, resources are often stretched. And, the pastor, with a small staff compliment and volunteers must be experts of sort in everything. While having knowledgeable volunteers can be helpful, it’s not always the case.