One thing that the pandemic made apparent was the “loss of” and the “need for” community. Larger churches were have been using technology to create a sense of community prior to the pandemic, therefore they could continue to function when the pandemic hit. However the small church with little or no use of technology almost died.
Prior to the pandemic, one of the strengths of the small church was “in-person” community, but that was almost killed by the pandemic.
The pandemic pointed out the need to the small church for quick implementation of technology, not only for community, but all the functions of a church such as worship, teaching, prayer, discipleship, evangelism, and stewardship! All the church functions require communication.
Technology enables all of the above to be done in-person or online. Not only did technology usage by the large churches provide communication , but allowed for the sense of community.
Technology enables and enhances every area of the local church. For example:
1) Technology Enables Communication
Communication through email, text, Facebook, church blog, website, etc can easily connect with the congregation, throughout the day and week
2) Technology Enhances Community
Technology allows a greater sense of community that doesn’t demand proximity. It is not a requirement to be gathered together physically. It can be enable by the technologies mentioned above, plus the use of virtual group technology such as zoom, Facebook, web x, etc.
3) Technology Enhances Discipleship
Using technology people can access the services in person, live streaming, or on demand. Viewers can watch at their convivence , on TV, phone, or computer. They can access not only the preaching service, but all types of discipleship training material. prayer services, etc. Two way technology allows the viewer to interact with the presenter when allowed and/or desired.
4) Technology Enhances the other functions of the church such as prayer, worship, evangelism, and stewardship.
Worship and evangelism is an automatic feature of using the technology to have everything on-line available on your church website. That allows not only your congregation can view your services, discipleship, and evangelistic material, but also the they can interact with church staff by a phone, email, text, online chat, etc.
Foe example, the church’s prayer ministry can be both broadcast (open/general) and /or private (on line chat, email, text messaging etc)
Stewardship is easly enhanced by a simple, but secure online giving capablity.
I want to emphysize the power and need for the use of technology at every size of church, especially the smaller ones.
All the above can be implimeted by any size church with little financial cost. Training and assistance can be provided for free, church websites are cheap, most communication technology can be implimented through a intenet connection. Both the website and internet access can be had for under $100 per month total.
Not only will your ministry be enhanced for the future, but you will also be better prepared for any future unexpected event