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Using Technology to Enhance Ministry and Mission. Paul Hennings. Outline. The Case for Technology Technology for: Image and Influence Creating Community Worship and Teaching Evangelism and Stewardship Staff Effectiveness Field-Tested Technology

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outline
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
the case for technology
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
field tested technology
Field-Tested Technology

Image and Influence

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

Image and Influence

  • Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  • Blogs (side note on Google)
  • Wireless access to Internet onsite

– or/and terminals

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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
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Field-Tested Technology

Creating Community: Relationships

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

Worship

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

Teaching

  • Podcast it… (iTunes, podcast.com)
  • You can also webcast…
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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)
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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)
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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)
church tech now and future
“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.
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