This is a Guest Post by Nate Beaird.
In ministry, this is my mantra; “The message is sacred, but the methods are not.”
We go out of our way to find the best way possible to reach people. I didn’t say “the newest, craziest, most ‘techy,’ outlandish, or scandalous, way.”
I said the “best” way.
When I write/speak about leveraging technology for Christ, I try to be very careful to make it clear that to use cool or fancy technology just for the sake of using it, is missing the point. If you can’t tie what you’re doing to the message …it’s just clutter.
Sometimes our creative team has to scrap ideas that are cool. We made a decision a long time ago that our creative elements are not the message – they are there to support it. So as painful as it is-things get scrapped, or put in “the archive” for future thought.
A great example of how your media doesn’t have to be the most advanced to reach people, is our wooden cross (pic above).
This 10 ft. cross is covered from top to bottom, as well as the arms, with pieces of paper. Each of these pieces have five names on it of people that our members are praying will find Christ this year. In almost every area, the stacks are at least four layers thick. A specific prayer team is committed to pray for the names on this cross, and several of the names have indeed found Christ this year!
One of the oldest pieces of media in our history, paper, stapled to a wooden cross. This symbol has touched lives, and held our members accountable to the people who’s names they’ve written down. The Message of the Cross can stand on it’s own – God doesn’t need us to make it cooler or more attractive. It’s not for His sake we do these things, it’s for our sake. Sometimes we need visual reminders of what God’s done for us. I also think it’s part of our job to create an atmosphere where a person can allow God to speak to his/her heart.
Old media. Old symbol. Powerful Message. Lives touched.