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2G Church in a 4G World. Can You Hear Me Now? CEF Meeting September 8, 2011 Dan R. Dick, presenter. What the heck’s a “g”?. In communication technology, “G” connotes the Generation of technological advancement. 1G is personal, face-to-face communication.

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2g church in a 4g world

2G Church in a 4G World

Can You Hear Me Now?

CEF Meeting

September 8, 2011

Dan R. Dick, presenter

what the heck s a g
What the heck’s a “g”?
  • In communication technology, “G” connotes the Generation of technological advancement.
    • 1G is personal, face-to-face communication.
    • 2G is personal, point-to-point distance communication.
    • 3G is point-to-multi-point broadcast communication.
    • 4G is multi-point-to-multi-point/multi-platform communication.
church in 1911 2g
Church in 1911 (2G)
  • Average size of Methodist Church/Evangelical Association/ Church of the United Brethren in Christcongregations 65 members
  • Average attendance 110
  • Average number of worship services per week 3
  • Average footprint (physical size of church facility) 2,100 sq. ft.
  • Average annual church budget $6,212.00
  • Average annual clergy compensation $572.00 ($11/wk.)
  • Average annual cost of insurance $0
  • Percentage of budget spent on mission work 67%
  • Percentage of churches with electricity 39%
  • Percentage of churches with indoor plumbing 28%
church in 2011 3g
Church in 2011 (3G)
  • Average size of United Methodist Church 131 members
  • Average attendance 78
  • Average number of worship services per week 2
  • Average footprint (physical size of church facility) 11,800 sq. ft.
  • Average annual church budget $87,446.00
  • Average annual clergy compensation (w/o housing) $39,900 ($767/wk.)
  • Average annual cost of insurance $19,100
  • Percentage of budget spent on mission work 3%
  • Percentage of churches with video projection capability 39%
  • Percentage of churches with wireless Internet access 28%
other 1911 trivia
Other 1911 Trivia
  • 1 – in – 9 clergy lived in the church building
  • 3 – in – 5 clergy had a second job
  • Children’s Sunday school was the focus of Sunday morning – more children attended SS than adults attended worship (by about 50%)
  • 31% of clergy were single men
  • The highest paid clergy in the state of Wisconsin made a whopping $40 per week!
  • From 1911 to 2011, expenses have risen 1400%, giving 900%
  • Mission allocation shrunk from 67% of our budgets to 3% (bumped to 11% by World Service and other general church apportionments – when paid-in-full)
what if
What if…?
  • …worship wasn’t all about us?
  • …we trusted our laity leadership as much as our clergy to actually lead?
  • …we saw technology as a gift and not as a threat and learned to make friends with it?
  • …we envisioned a truly pluralistic global community of faith?
  • …we got serious about making disciples and transforming the world?
  • …we dedicated ourselves anew to be “connectional” and “united?”
church for a 4g world
Church for a 4g world
  • 4G is all about RPG:
    • Relationships (Networks, Dialogue, Communication)
    • Productivity(Performance, Engagement, Making a Difference)
    • Global Community (Unity, Harmony, Justice, Service, & Breaking Down the Dividing Walls of Hostility)
4g church examples
4G church examples
  • Skype, Texting, Live Streaming, Instant Messaging in Worship
  • Online Bible studies
  • Podcast, Global association networks, social networking learning communities