Because ‘tis fill’d with fire.
|—||William Blake <3|
I can sincerely say, after this week, that my strength is found in God alone. This week seemed to have me hanging form a thread. but in God’s strength alone, and in MY weakness, i am made perfect. And in this i find peace. <3 in the oddest way. so i want to encourage those reading…..at the end of your rope, there is ALWAYS hope. there is ALWAYS salvation, and peace. NOTHING is ever too much for God. i wont ramble. but, be encouraged, and find your strength in Christ alone! <3 peacee out(:
|—||Anonymous (via aurelle)|
The Importance of Technology in Ministry
By Al Ganser
Technology is very important in ministry today. The world is a fast paced environment. People are scrambling everywhere just to get done what they need to accomplish in a day. The phrase “do as the Romans do” applies here. People have become so dependent on technology that you have to speak their language and use their format to continue to communicate with them. Even the people I know in the biker community are on the internet, text and Facebook.
Like any tool, technology allows us to complete tasks faster and usually better than the old way, allowing us to be more productive with our time.
The Bible or Bible program is accessible on about every media device. Easy scripture look up programs too. Word processing programs and apps abound.
Communicating to a congregation or group is easy with Facebook a Facebook page or twitter.
Texting on a cell phone allows us to multi-task and ask and answer questions while doing other tasks or to respond when we have free time, I like the ability to think about my responses before I text back just to be sure of a correct response.
The ability to pull background information, news, and books of the internet has also been a time saver and work multiplier. Pictures, video, music and a wide range of programs have affected greatly the ability to put together a professional church service. Utube and sites like them allow a Pastor to access usable videos and ideas from videos for sermons, tithes and offerings, and worship.
Facebook and social networks allow us to reach people in their darkest moments or when they are in their greatest needs. There is something about written communication that allows people to open up. We are literally in their home, in their living room via this technology. It allows people to have personal communication and council anytime of the day. They seem to be more comfortable doing so. I think it is because they have time and can think about what they are saying more.
My own experience is that during a budget cutting move with my family expenses I cut out my smart phone with internet access. I was going to try to do all the things my phone allowed me to do (Facebook, texting, internet access, navigation, weather, EBay, etc.) another way. I was going to use my home PC, text or call on a regular cell phone, along with purchasing a standalone Garmin to replace my smart phone navigation app that I had on my Garmin. Well needless to say I had a harder time keeping up with relationships and people who were once in my sphere of influence and influence. Things would happen to people and their families and I was totally unaware or found out later, too late. People would put things on Facebook and just assume I had 24-7 knowledge of them as I did with my smart phone. Some were offended when I did not respond to their needs; I believe the lack of that technology was detrimental to relationships with my Christian Brothers and Sisters and other friends and acquaintances. Some relationships I had started up with old classmates and co-workers were damaged also.
In conclusion I believe technology used wisely can propel us to do more for the kingdom, reach more people and have more relationship closer than ever before. I believe we should embrace it.
Proverbs 24:5 (http://bible.us/Prov24.5.KJV)
From the heart
North Central Indiana Bible College
January 14, 2012
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