Well, it’s happening.
My time at Asbury Seminary is drawing to a close. Today was the last day of class for my IT501 class, otherwise titled: “Technology in Ministry.” I’ve spent the past week learning about how to take good photos, done some video recording, and editing (poorly, I might add!), and brushed up on my PowerPoint skills.
Technology in Ministry
But what really interested me came not at the end of the week, but what we started class with.
We began, not with the technical, or the practical, but with the ethical. We started class, asking two very basic questions:
- What does technology do for us?
- What does technology do to us?
The basic idea being that for those of us who serve in a variety of ministry roles should not be quick or hasty to rush out and buy the latest piece of technology (whatever that may be), and try to build a technological arsenal that can “wow” those we serve as well as those we are trying to reach.
Instead, we need to think carefully about what technology we can, or even should add to our ministries. The end all be all is not, as some might suggest, to be on the “cutting edge” of technology, but instead, to enhance and expand our ministry to be able to further build the kingdom here in our corners of the world.
One small piece of wisdom that really resonated with me this week was: “As ministers, we are called to redeem technology,” and I think that it’s true.
I know that I struggle with starting at my smartphone way too much in general. So, I’m trying to take small steps to limit the time that I stare at it. Especially on my day off.
I’m also starting to explore different mediums for connecting with people outside of my congregation, but who are in my community. Technology can be a beautiful thing. Indeed, it was invented by people who are children of God, and as such, can be used for redemptive purposes. I know of several people who use their blogs/ social media platforms/ etc to that end. People like Tim Fall, April Fiet, Sarah Bessey, and many others who are seeking to use technology as a medium to bring redemption, grace, and hope to the world.
So here’s my question:
What does this look like for you?
Leave a comment down below, I’d love to hear your insight.