In our world, technology has become the premier tool to make the art of communications more reachable and personal. Technology is in almost every aspect of our day to day life. Businesses, Not for Profits and many religious institutions are finding it could be a necessary component of ministry and would not function as well without technology.
Churches are transforming how they create discipleship and perform church planting. Churches are experiencing the benefits and assistance of technology. Discipleship through technology helps the mission of the church.
Technology enables discipleship, church planting, church apps, organizational websites and blogs that communicate teachings, sermons, Q/A and sources of information to educate and collaborate with members of the community. Technology is not the end goal. Technology is the means to the goal — the church’s mission to make disciples and to create an interactive community.
Throughout the history of the church, and especially in the patristic period they embraced innovation and technology of their day with zest and enthusiasm. Technology is the art form of communication. Technology is our opportunity to leverage new types of connections for gospel purposes.
In Matthew 5, we read that when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain to preach to them. Think about the circumstances of the time. I like to think that Jesus went to the mountain because it gave him a strategic advantage. It was a place where the people would have the advantage to see and hear Jesus preach.
The church in the modern world uses the technology of the day to speak. Technology is about using the tools at your disposal to bring about the goal. In our case to bring about the kingdom of God. To create disciples and become a missional church.
Epistle of Paul, James John, and others and the writings of the early church fathers are demonstrations of the technology of the day. Think about what the printing press has done for the missional church and discipleship. The world is digital and so must be the church.