May this Snack Pack have something just for you.
With church tech, I’m sure you have your own personal pet peeve that bug you the most. Mine might just be texting habits that need to stop. This video from Buzzfeed from a couple of years is still relevant today. If you are in charge of church tech at your church or have some influence at your church, you may want to share this with your staff and maybe even congregation.
I’m kidding of course. Except for you Karen, you need to stop with the group texts immediately.
The website is finished. The Facebook page has been set up. You’ve been running the soundboard for years. Now what? How do you find inspiration? Now what do you do next? How do you move forward?
In this episode of the podcast we discuss how to deal with the day-to-day. Now, let’s talk about it!
It has been five years since I have left working in (“full-time / occupational”) ministry. I have continued to serve in several different areas of the church as a volunteer. While in ministry, I was a prolific reader of ministry books, I have three rows of a bookshelf and a couple of donated boxes to prove it. But since leaving, I haven’t read a Christian book geared towards church leadership until I got my hands on this book “Letters to the Church” by Francis Chan.
I’ll be the first to say that my trust in Facebook is small. It’s not so little that I don’t use it, so that’s saying something. But the stories coming out over and over of how Facebook’s “move fast and break things” philosophy is hurting communities and individuals without any big course correction is very, very disconcerning. At the same time, I put on my therapist hat as well as my writing online about church and mental health doing more to help people, I worry when I see reports of Facebook deciding how to manipulate people’s emotions to get people to stay on longer and sell more advertising.
So you can guess my shock when I began to discover Facebook being proactive with mental health for individual users. Confused? Let me explain how I happened upon this.
This week on the podcast we talk with DJ Soto, a church who leads VR Church.
Believing that faith is renewed as people engage with the good news of God’s love on new technology platforms, D.J. Soto began preaching in the world of virtual reality in 2016. He is now the lead pastor of Virtual Reality Church, a church that is intended to be radically inclusive and consistent with Christianity’s long history of adapting to new forms of media. VR Church is the first church to exist entirely in virtual reality.
What do you think about VR church? Tell us on Twitter @ChurchMag using #cmagcast or by email at [email protected] and we’ll share it on an upcoming episode.