Last week, I asked the ChurchMag Church Technologists the question:
Many of you weighed-in and it was very insightful and fully awesome to hear about what’s going on in the Church IT community. With this fresh on my mind, I found Tyndale’s recent survey on Church and Technology very interesting.
Although there are plenty of obstacles of varying degrees in Church IT Land, there does seem to be two outstanding obstacles. I had a sneaky suspicion as to what those were going to be, so this may not be a surprise to you.
The two leading obstacles for Church IT is:
Funding & Volunteers
Here are some of the comments made last week on ChurchMag, when I asked what the biggest obstacle of Church IT was:
- I have to say funding… they want everything but don’t want to pay for
IT just does happen for pennies…
- I guess the biggest thing for me is that I’m the only person in the church who get’s the call … Having another church geek would be a real help.
— James Cooper
- Even with the size of a congregation that has thousands of people, you would think that there wouldn’t be a lack of volunteers. However, there is a huge need for people to serve the Kingdom of God and to be obedient to the Lord’s calling in their life.
- I’m the unpaid volunteer who does all the IT.
Now, let’s compare that to Tyndale’s recent survey on Church and Technology:
- 30.6% – Inadequate budget
- 32.5% – Lack of volunteers
The lack of funding and volunteers consists of over 60% of the problem. The survey also says that 22.9% lack the technological know-how, so that is worth mentioning. However, I can’t help but wonder if there’s a decent amount of knowledge available, it just hasn’t volunteered itself, yet.
Before all of us Geeks get really mad and start pointing fingers let’s pause and reflect a quick moment.
What are the biggest obstacles most ministries in the Church face?
Funding and volunteers.
This isn’t just a Church IT problem, this a Church wide problem.
Are you part of the solution?
[Image via Mike Scullen]