Apparently a few think that 2009 is the year of the Church going Mobile. I’m not so sure.
But I’d have to be clear. Certainly everyone and their mother has a cell-phone these days, but not everyone has signed up for a “text” plan and even more do not have an “internet” plan.
As a result, the potential “audience” is subject to technological constraints. In other words, only those that have (and use/manage) the technology can be the audience that we reach.
Isn’t this “limiting”? Is this the best “use” of our time, money, and resources if our audience is intrinsically small?
I’m certainly in agreement that we should do everything to reach those that in the connected world, and I appreciate Bobby’s clarification on the matter:
I’m saying the (C)hurch needs to start to leverage this technology because of the significant opportunity to reach this connected world. Collectively we are dropping the ball or missing the scope of the opportunity.
To that I say “amen”.
And at the end of the day, how this all plays out is completely dependent upon the ministries that ultimately decide to dedicate their time, energy, and resources to the medium. And someone’s got to to it, right? And I’ll be the last to judge the ministry that does.
I think that 2009 will be an year of “awakening” for (C)hurch as a whole in the technological arena. Ministries and organizations will be forced to highly consider it or deal with the consequences of losing potential audience and staying relevant.
The mobile-sector will be one of them. The (C)hurch may not necessarily “need to get mobile” but they must be certainly aware of it.
And if you do decide to do it this year, my iPhone will be happy. Please let me know so I can try it out. =)
What are your thoughts?