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Matt Souza

Using Technology In a Traditional Church Service


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The technological revolution we’ve seen in our Baptist churches over the past 20 or so years is astounding. What’s even more remarkable is the speed at which technology in the church continues to improve and change the way some worship. 

A few years back having one projector screen was a revolutionary way to change worship. Now many worship services include multiple screens, concert-style stage lighting, websites, apps, live streaming, Computerized Child Check-In, Video Announcements, video-based curriculum, podcasts, and more.  Of course, many churches do not use some (or any) of these technologies in their worship service.  And, honestly, neither your church nor mine really need any of them to function as a church. There are countless churches all over the world with little to no technology that are fulfilling the great commission in ways that would put to shame some of the most technologically-driven Baptist churches.

The shift that has taken place with technology is that it has been placed ahead of everything else. Technology should enhance worship, not replace it. Gone seems the days when Bibles are carried into church, the Bible is being replaced by phones and computers. However, technology can be useful and serve a function in our churches. Here are a few ways that technology can be used in our Baptist churches without compromising to the world. Of course, the use of technology and which ones we use,  is dependent on the area that we are located in.

  1. Church Website: Long are the days when people look at the Yellow Pages for church. Before anyone steps into a church, there is a high probability that they looked you up online.
  2. Projectors & TV's:  Video announcements, Bible Verses, Hymnal lyrics are a few ways where projectors/tv's can be used. 
  3. Live Streaming: It's often been said that if you live stream people will stay home instead of coming to church. I've found the opposite to happen. Folks in the community seems to watch a service online before attending. With wachy churches out there it is a way of folks to screen the church.
  4. Social Media: The use of facebook and/or Instagram is a great way to get your community engaged. Proper use of Hashtags can help get folks in your community to learn about your church that never would have drove by or looked you up online. Getting your church on Google maps is another way where your church will show up on their phones as they use their gps to head to a location. 

The important thing is that the use of technology does not take priority over worship. The Word of God is the main focus. It seems that technology may be hindering spiritual growth in our Baptist churches.

Whenever there is change there always is opposition. I've often wondered how much opposition was there when the piano was first brought into the church, or electricity. Probably the only modern thing that did not receive opposition was indoor plumbing. 

Please comment below what ways your church uses technology without compromise worship. 



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As for my church, every way you mentioned.  Sermons are posted to Vimeo and linked to our website and they also live stream on Facebook.  This is done to accommodate our infirm members, those too sick to attend.  We started with one screen and then later added two more above the choir loft.  No rock and roll stage, a piano on one side and an organ on the other.

I think it a great mistake for believers to trade the bible in a book format for one in electronic format.  It's hard to grow intimate with the pages when you have none, with the leather when all you have is glass and plastic dependent on electricity.

Don't remove the ancient landmarks!

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Our Sunday services are live on YouTube. We have a facebook page and a screen behind pastor with messages and reminders. I think it needs to be shut off during the sermon. I don't think it's needed either. All the news, etc. is in the paper bulletin. Thankfully, people viewing online can't see the screen from the lights hanging above. 

I'm also one who would prefer everyone use a paper Bible. No one is going to learn the order of books on an e-book. We have one lady who specifically uses an e-bible because she has very bad vision, which is fine. But teens and new believers need to learn the basic placings of the Books of the Bible. Which is not possible if all you have to do is enter the verse and it just pops up.

But my pastor puts his sermons on a pad and if the pad's not working, he's lost.  And we have to wait for it to load, etc. This is the first church where the preacher doesn't go from an actual book. He should print out his highlights and reference so he's not totally dependent on technology.

Nothing better to hear when pastor says "please go to such and such" and you hear the ruffling of pages.:)

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We have an excellent quality digital soundboard and make good CD copies, but our dream is to have a Website where we could post sermons and such that is password protected for just members.  We have no one in our church with the technical skills to design a site though.  Any suggestions on a good professional with pricing would be appreciated.  I doubt we could ever think of live streaming.  Our Pastor is not shy about preaching the whole counsel of God and some of his sermons would have protesters picketing our church or worse if he is speaking about Islam and other religions.

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I am all for technology in most cases. Perhaps I have too much gray hair, but I still prefer congregational singing of songs people know than performances of “rock and roll to Jesus” stuff. The singing time just ought to be inclusive of the 80% rather than to the few who listen to the new stuff.

I preached in a church (as a supply speaker) some time back and was just astounded that only a handful had Bibles out of the 400 present. They were used to seeing the Scripture on a screen, or looked it up on their iPhones. I felt that maybe many never even opened a Bible at home.

I accept that maybe it is just me being old fashioned. I will, however, remain old fashioned. I love my Bible. I like to hold it. I love to read it. I love to read in Matthew, flip over to Isaiah and Jeremiah them back to Matthew. I even love the smell of my Bible. I can read it day or night, at home or abroad. And I don’t ever have to plug it in to recharge. 

As a matter of fact, my wireless Bible is what recharges me.

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We have a Facebook page that I post on a few times a week. Most of our members do not have Facebook pages, so it's hard to get followers. It is growing slowly, though. 

We don't have a website yet, but the tech guy in the church that founded ours has volunteered to create one for us. 

That's about it. I did start a Twitter account but don't use it. I know I should, though.

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Websites (or at least a Facebook page) are a requirement nowadays, I think. If I'm searching for a church to visit, I won't even consider any that I can't first look up their statement of faith and peruse their website.  But the website needs to look like it was updated within the last 15 years!  

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On 3/16/2019 at 1:27 PM, 2bLikeJesus said:

We have an excellent quality digital soundboard and make good CD copies, but our dream is to have a Website where we could post sermons and such that is password protected for just members.  We have no one in our church with the technical skills to design a site though.  Any suggestions on a good professional with pricing would be appreciated.  I doubt we could ever think of live streaming.  Our Pastor is not shy about preaching the whole counsel of God and some of his sermons would have protesters picketing our church or worse if he is speaking about Islam and other religions.

I will ask our pastor who they used. A 14 year old boy runs all our video/facebook/live streaming/youtube live, website, etc.! So it can't be too hard.

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4 hours ago, Miss Daisy said:

A 14 year old boy runs all our video/facebook/live streaming/youtube live, website, etc.! So it can't be too hard.

The 14 year old boy probably has over 10+ years of experience with technology though. Its not that hard for those gowning up using it but can be pretty tricky for those not used to being around the technology.

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On 3/16/2019 at 1:27 PM, 2bLikeJesus said:

We have an excellent quality digital soundboard and make good CD copies, but our dream is to have a Website where we could post sermons and such that is password protected for just members.  We have no one in our church with the technical skills to design a site though.  Any suggestions on a good professional with pricing would be appreciated.  I doubt we could ever think of live streaming.  Our Pastor is not shy about preaching the whole counsel of God and some of his sermons would have protesters picketing our church or worse if he is speaking about Islam and other religions.

I talked to my pastor and they used a $50 word press theme. He learned how to do it on wpbeginner.com

You could let a young person, familiar with current technology, set it up for you. 

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We video record the sermons and I download them to Facebook and YouTube. I would like to livestream but I don't know how, and my resident techie moved away recently. Being a very small church I tend to have to do everything, include keep the webpage current, (when that happens), do the recording and uploading to the net, etc. I used to do powerpoint with a lot of my sermons but I have kind of slacked off from that recently due to some life changes that keep me busier than before. 

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