5 Terrible Internet Myths Your Church Probably Believes
in Technology / 06 Jun 2016
Did you know that 40% of the world’s population has access to the Internet today? Therefore, not utilising the Internet for sharing the gospel means missing out on a huge opportunity to serve the Kingdom. Why then have many churches failed to fully leverage the power of the Internet?
Perhaps a few common misconceptions are holding churches back from utilising digital media. Keep reading to see how these common myths could also be preventing your church from harnessing a potent tool for ministry.
Here are five common myths that many churches have about the use of the Internet:
1. DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY REPLACES REAL-LIFE RELATIONSHIPS
Myth: The Internet corrodes community! If people are constantly browsing the Internet on their phones, tablets or laptops, they will no longer care for face-to-face conversations. After all, healthy communication is what keeps the church community alive.
Debunked: Did you know that the Internet can help your church community to grow?
You can use e-mail newsletters, Facebook or WhatsApp to keep in touch with your church members beyond the Sunday service. These platforms make it easy to chat as well as to share verses, prayer requests and testimonies with others at church. In fact, your congregation, right from the youth to Sunday School teachers, is most probably already interacting regularly on these platforms.
2. THE INTERNET IS ONLY FOR THE YOUTH
Myth: The Internet is very complicated to use. Therefore, it has no place for the older generation.
Debunked: Research indicates that 54% of the Internet-using population will include 25-year-olds and above by 2018. This massive user base includes your church leaders and members as well. Many pastors are already using the Internet for preparing their sermons and Bible studies. In addition, an increasing number of churches are communicating via e-newsletters.
Many churches are also realising the importance of building church websites. After all, your church website is the virtual front door of your church. Further, blogs are a great way to take the gospel outside the church walls. Here are some tips to help you transform your church blog into an impactful and effective tool.
We need more churches to leverage digital technology for the Kingdom. Is your church ready to embrace the Internet?
3. TO EMBRACE THIS TECHNOLOGY IS TO EMBRACE ITS EVILS AS WELL
Myth: The digital world is not a safe space. With no rules and regulations, the Internet gives unlimited access to all kinds of information. Therefore, it is best to stay away from the online space.
Debunked: With every wave of change, there comes both advantages and disadvantages. Likewise, the age of the Internet brings the good and the bad. However, the onus of using it responsibly lies with us.
Ravi Zacharias says, “It is how we use it (social media) that turns out either for good or for bad. That’s true of any communication method”. He goes on to say, “take the same medium, harness the same medium, and use it as a builder of bridges for peace, goodwill, and communication”.
If you steward the Internet well, you can use this technology to equip various section of your ministry. Are you using the Internet wisely as a tool for ministry?
4. THERE’S TOO MUCH OF IRRELEVANT INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET
Myth: There’s a lot of unnecessary information online. Therefore, one can end up spending hours browsing the Internet. Why not use that time for some other constructive work?
Debunked: When used efficiently, the Internet can make relevant information accessible at your fingertips.
From current affairs and biblical insights to sermons by well-known leaders, you will find everything that you’re looking for in a matter of seconds. Would you rather flip through thousands of pages for information or just ‘Google it’ for instant results?
Besides, the Internet has also paved a way for churches to reach out to the multitudes through blogs, websites and social media. Wouldn’t you invest your time online, especially when it can help you fulfill the Great Commission?
5. SOCIAL MEDIA IS COMPLICATED
Myth: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram are just a few of the many social media platforms out there. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with all of them! Moreover, it’s difficult to understand the functionality of each platform.
Debunked: Using social media can be simple as long as you have a clear vision and media strategy in place. What’s more, your church does not have to engage on all the social media platforms out there. All you need to do is identify and use the right platform for your church.
Social media can be a powerful tool for your ministry. It will not only help you stay connected with your church members throughout the week, but also enable you to reach out to the unchurched. Click here to read more about why your church needs to become “social” online.
We hope that this blog post has demystified a few notions that your church may have regarding the Internet. The world has embraced this technology because it has proven to be an effective medium of communication. There is no reason why it can’t have the same impact on your ministry.
Are you ready to leverage the digital world as a tool for your ministry?
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