Church Communication Concerns

Vince Marotte is the internet pastor at Gateway Church in Austin, Texas and author of Context & Voice.  Recently he wrote an article for Church Marketing Sucks about his observations of a communication gap in church life.  More specifically, Marotte is particularly concerned with two issues: Too many pastors lack the basic abilities to use modern communication tools and in turn have to rely on other people, which is inefficient at best and irresponsible at worst. Too many tech savvy Read More …

The Influence of Technology

"The Family and Technology Report" is one of the Barna Group's latest publications.  The report is based on research conducted in partnership with Orange, which is part of the reThink Group. "The innovative study included nationwide interviews among parents and 11- to 17-year-olds from the same households, allowing comparisons between the parents and the tweens and teenagers who reside in the same home." Recently, Church Juice's Jerod Clark discussed the study's five findings and provided a Read More …

Technology and the Church: Crisis or Opportunity

Lisa Miller is the author of Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife (2010), and formerly served as religion editor at Newsweek.  She recently wrote "My Take: how technology could bring down the church," for CNN's Belief Blog.  In this article Miller argues that the printing press was the key technology that enabled the success of the Protestant Reformation and the current move away from print editions of the Bible to digital ones like YouVersion may enable the church to go virtual Read More …

Online Worship: Should My Church Offer It?

What it means to be church, especially in the area of worship, has changed dramatically due to recent technological advances.  Douglas Estes'  SimChurch (2009) continues to be an important book in this emerging field (you can read my review here).  In that text Estes focuses on this new way of being church, which he labels third wave.   In the first wave churches used the virtual world as a marketing billboard, primarily via a website with little or no interaction.  The second wave offered a Read More …