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Using Technology to Enhance Ministry and Mission

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  1. Using Technology to Enhance Ministry and Mission Paul Hennings

  2. Outline • The Case for Technology • Technology for: • Image and Influence • Creating Community • Worship and Teaching • Evangelism and Stewardship • Staff Effectiveness • Field-Tested Technology • “Church Tech” Now and Future = Relationships • Q & A

  3. The Case for Technology • How many of you…? Three Quick Stats • 77.4% of people in the US use the Internet • Over the last 20 years mobile phone subscriptions grew from 12.4 million to over 4.6 billion • Almost 50% of couples I marry meet online

  4. Light-hearted Video

  5. Technology For… Image and Influence • How you use technology influences how people view your relevance. • In particular, younger generations assess churches through technology. • Today, your web presence is directly related to your image. • Social media impacts your influence.

  6. Technology For… Creating Community Community is all about communication. • Leaders need up-to-date communication from staff. • Groups use technology to organize. • Technology helps the whole congregation (and others) be informed.

  7. Technology For… Creating Community Community is all about relationships. • Relationships are built with face time. Technology helps from scheduling to skypeing. • Church and staff social media is used (and misused) to strengthen relationships.

  8. Technology For… Worship • Technology enhances the audio and visual aspects of worship. • Technology helps to organize worship. • Technology improves the creativity of worship. • And, well… it can make sermons a lot better!

  9. Technology For… Teaching • Especially for visual learners, technology is a vital part of teaching. • Teaching can be recorded, reproduced, and disseminated effectively. • Technology allows teaching to be experienced by multiple people in multiple locations. • Technology also allows for students to express their faith in various ways.

  10. Technology For… Evangelism • The Internet allows you to reach beyond geographical boundaries with the gospel. • It also allows you to target specific locations. • Technology opens up multiple mediums for evangelism.

  11. Technology For… Stewardship • Technology allows your church to be environmental stewards. • The Internet offers more options for financial giving. • Stewardship of time is a welcomed aspect of technology (especially for leadership).

  12. Technology For… Staff Effectiveness • Technology enhances inter-staff communication and planning. • Technology helps staff manage time. • Technology improves staff productivity. • Mobile technology is a must.

  13. Field-Tested Technology Image and Influence • Clover Websites (www.cloversites.com) • In-house/congregation Graphic Design (or find someone in your community)

  14. Field-Tested Technology Image and Influence • Facebook page (www.facebook.com) • Blogs (side note on Google) • Wireless access to Internet onsite – or/and terminals

  15. Field-Tested Technology Creating Community: Communication • The Basics – E-mail lists and on-line calendars • Constant Contact (www.constantcontact.com) • The City by Zondervan (www.onthecity.org) • Group texting (www.tatango.com, www.jarbyco.com) • Video displays on location

  16. Field-Tested Technology Creating Community: Relationships • The Basics – Outlook, Social media • Skype (www.skype.com) • Instant Conference (www.instantconference.com)

  17. Field-Tested Technology Worship • The Basics – Screens, PowerPoint, Sound System • MediaShout(www.mediashout.com) • Worship House Media (www.worshiphousemedia.com) • CCLI “Song Select” (www.ccli.com) • Worship Planning Software (www.planningcenteronline.com, www.worshipplanning.com)

  18. Field-Tested Technology Worship • Audacity (www.audacity.sourceforge.net) • Video Recording (multiple possibilities) • Worship Stream (www.worshipstream.com)

  19. Field-Tested Technology Teaching • TVs are the way to go… • Audio Recorders (multiple options) • Video Recorders (www.theflip.com) • Image + Audio/Video Software (www.adobe.com)

  20. Example Video

  21. Field-Tested Technology Teaching • Podcast it… (iTunes, podcast.com) • You can also webcast…

  22. Field-Tested Technology Evangelism • Digital Media (billboards, street signage) • Google Adwords • TV Ads, Worship Broadcast • Online Demographic Studies (through your LCMS district or www.perceptgroup.com)

  23. Field-Tested Technology Stewardship • Being in two places at once (vids for devos) • Less Meetings – More Doing! (e-mail groups, private webpages, online blogs/forums, conference calls) • Financial Stewardship (www.paypal.com, online giving through thrivent, lcef, etc.) • Less paper is just the beginning to a better Earth (www.webofcreation.org/Environmental%20Guide.pdf)

  24. Field-Tested Technology Staff Effectiveness • Storage and Access (server, the cloud) • Outlook Calendar and Scheduling • Laptops, Tablets, Cell Phones • Integrity (www.safeeyes.com, www.integrityonline.com)

  25. “Church Tech” Now and Future • Mobilization of Christians. • Draw people together (community) and send people on mission (empowering) • Sharing of God’s activity • Ability for more cross-cultural engagement. • Decentralization of Christianity. • Not just a “younger person” issue, but must be if you want to reach them.

  26. Q & A

  27. Using Technology to Enhance Ministry and Mission Paul Hennings