What is the Future of Church Technology?
The future of church technology is now. If you are wondering what tomorrow holds for your church and congregation, you just have to look around you and see what is happening. Churches everywhere are facing a global pandemic. And unless they adopt the technologies available t them, they won’t survive.
Since the beginning of Christianity, the successful churches were the ones who focused on three common things: having the right pastors and teachers, growing their audience and opening new doors, and utilizing the best facilities.
Of course, the simplicity of the Gospel and authenticity of Christ’s disciples is always what won the people’s hearts. That hasn’t changed. The innovation that took place always capitalized on what was most effective.
Let’s look back in history a moment to remember some examples:
- The newly built Roman roads were utilized by the apostle Paul himself to journey swiftly from city to city when he was writing his many Epistles in the New Testament
- The church has always been at the forefront—if not, the ones building—medical facilities with well-trained nurses and state-of-the-art equipment.
- When Gutenberg invented the printing press, and Martin Luther then used this new method of communication to publish the first translations of the Bible, there was a global Reformation.
- The church often set up schools on far-flung mission fields, because in order to read the Bible, people would need better literacy skills.
- The first television evangelists started with the idea that if they could use TV to reach more people, it would be much more efficient—and they were right.
A little more recently, we have the example of the Vatican, who, during a three-day conference, met with Silicon Valley representatives, Nobel Laureates, and digital tech experts to discuss the latest in technology. Specifically, artificial intelligence.
Other attendees to this meeting included heavyweights from Facebook, Mozilla, Catholic ethicists, and investors. At the core of the meeting was the desire to see AI developed in an ethical way, to create a platform for these creators to discuss how technology could be used for good.
The Church Facing a Pandemic
Since the onset of the pandemic, churches across the globe have had to embrace technology. Live-streaming services, tithing apps, online sermons and podcasts…these were all in use before Covid 19, but now they are essential for the very survival of the church.
The good news is that God has given us technology and science so that we can use it for His Glory. We don’t have to understand all the ways it works—but we do have to acknowledge that without it, we will suffer. Our churches will suffer. Our members and donors will feel isolated and cut off from the greater church, unless we use innovate ways to communicate and manage them.
In Romans 1: 12, the apostle Paul encourages the church:
“I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”
Faith-Based Hope for the future
Yes, the future of church technology is here, but don’t let fear of the current world situation, or fear that you don’t know everything to cripple you. You don’t have to wait or feel anxious about transitioning your mode of operation.
Digital innovation is easy when you have partners like Donorwerx to automate the process. From learning how to use apps for tithing, to streamlining your church services, to growoijng donors through better management tools, you can be a more powerful church, even in the midst of a pandemic.
Here are some more Scriptures to strengthen your heart and give you faith for the future:
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles and will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
At Donorwerx, we will continue to provide you modern-day solutions and software for growing your church and retaining donors during a challenging time. Call us today to find out how transitioning to a digital platform can work wonders for your ministry.