Toward Church Renewal

Cameron Trimble, CEO of the Center for Progressive Renewal, recently offered five suggestions to aid in the work of congregational renewal: Stop settling for mediocre worship. Turn members into ministers, not managers. Create environments of innovation. Seminaries are great, but we need more learning partners. Start embracing technology. I agree with Trimble that each of these is an important step toward renewal.  Furthermore, I believe the time for conversation that doesn't lead Read More …

Tech Required for Church Growth

Bill Tenny-Brittian, managing partner for 21st Century Strategies and editor in chief of Net Results Magazine, recently stated that churches that ignore technology cannot grow.  More specifically, he wrote Having and using the latest and greatest tech tools won’t grow a church. But not using today’s technology to effectively communicate the gospel will ensure that a church won’t experience significant and sustainable conversion growth . . . So What? Tenny-Brittian's remark is bold.  It may Read More …

Ministry in 2014

Todd Rhoades, a prolific blogger on matters of faith, recently reminded his readers of the importance of churches doing ministry in the present using 2014 friendly approaches.  Not only is Rhoades troubled by congregations that behave more like what one would expect in 1984, 1994, or 2004, he also believes many congregations that have moved beyond those years but are not quite up to date are nuts: If you’re using the same communication methods, technology, music, delivery style, and format that Read More …

Sermon Preferences

According to the latest survey by LifeWay Research, most Americans prefer in person preaching to a video sermon when attending worship at a church.  About a third (35%) indicated they will only visit churches with services of worship that feature live sermons.  Strikingly, less than 1% prefer viewing a video sermon. So What? I have only attended one service of worship that featured a video recording of a pastor's sermon.   Prior to that experience, I disliked the idea.  After the Read More …

Technology, Millennials, and Faith

Over the last 10 years, the Barna Group has interviewed 27,140 Millennials in 206 studies. Earlier this month, they released a few infographics displaying what their research finds with regards to how technology is impacting the faith of Millennials (also known as Gen Y - generally considered as those born in the 1980s through the early 200os).  One of the newly released infographics shows how Millennials are integrating technology and faith.  Just how widespread the integration is varies Read More …

Things We Don’t Do Anymore Due to Technology

Technology is transforming our lives.  The following infographic offers a list of 50 things we don't do anymore because of technological advancements. Courtesy of: Mozy   So What? Take a few minutes to review the list. How many of these 50 activities have you stopped doing at some point in the last ten years of your life? Are there any outdated activities your church continues to do that should be updated or replaced by something else because technology has created a new Read More …

1980s Technology & Ministry

A few days ago I came across a Mashable post featuring 15 technology ads from the 1980s.  It was during that era that I first fell in love with technology. As I scrolled through these old ads I realized just how much technology has changed in a few decades.  My mind began to compare the rate of change in technology to the rate of change in the American church. So What? While there are significant limitations to broad generalizations, they are helpful as conversation Read More …

Top Time-Saving Tech Tips

David Pogue, personal technology columnist for the New York Times and a tech correspondent for CBS News, recently gave a 6 minute TED Talk titled "10 Top Time-Saving Tech Tips."  While you may know most of the tips in this short video, learning one new time saver or being reminded to use one you had forgotten makes watching a good investment of your time.   So What? On an almost daily basis I watch people waste time completing basic tech tasks.  When appropriate, I offer Read More …

No More Sermons

David Murrow, author of Why Men Hate Going to Church and founder of Church for Men, recently asked a question worth considering:  "Are Sermons Becoming Obsolete?"  In that blog post he suggests something most know but don't often consider -- while lectures were once a preferred and popular means of communication, recent technological shifts have rendered them uncommon outside of two environments: universities and churches.  Now, universities are beginning to consider other options preferring to Read More …

Church E-Giving

Earlier this month, Leadership Network published Warren Bird's latest research: "The Economic Outlook of Very Large Churches."  This 18-page report considers the overall economic outlook alongside how the surveyed congregations collect, allocate and spend funds. Electronic giving (e-giving) is an increasingly important means by which churches receive donations.  100% of the churches with average weekly attendance of at least 2,000 receive some of their income via e-giving.  The breakout of Read More …