God placed technology on the earth for the church so she could advance the message and cause of the Kingdom. But all too many people are intimidated by that technology. Yet God doesn’t want you to be intimidated by technology. Overcoming technology intimidation has a lot to do with simply replacing a ‘lack of knowledge in an area’ with accurate knowledge in that area. Once you get knowledge in an area it is amazing how much less intimidating it becomes. My job is to help you become comfortable with technology so you can use it to fulfill your divine assignment.
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Now understanding that computers, mobile devices and website technology have advanced in so many remarkable ways, the Church is at a place where it can truly begin to do some amazing things to advance the Kingdom of God if it understands and embraces technology. Although the principles of the Word of God and our overall mission never change, yet the methods by which we execute the mission do and must change based upon the current landscape and tools at our disposal.
I am absolutely convinced that God expects the church to utilize the technologies that He has made available. He has made these things available for the advancement of His Kingdom. It is critical that you renew your mind to that concept.
But I do more than thank. I ask–ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory–to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him–endless energy, boundless strength! All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence. (Ephesians 1:17-23 -MSG)
Technology is not an accident. It is part of the divine will and plan of God. It is his plan that the church be wise stewards by utilizing the available technology to advance the Kingdom. To fail to do this is to be an unprofitable and unwise steward. And if you are familiar with the parable of the talents (Matt. 25.14-30 ) you understand how God feels about unprofitable stewards.
Nevertheless I encounter pastors and ministry leaders all the time that have not embraced technology. The main reason for this is that they are somewhat intimidated by technology. Because they are intimidated by it, they tend to shy away from it. This is also something that can and must be overcome. And the good news is that it is not hard to overcome this when you understand a few basic principles.
Overcoming Technology Intimidation – Principle #1
God Doesn’t Make Mistakes. As a man or woman of God I’m sure you agree with this statement. If God made mistakes then He would be fallible. If He were fallible then nothing in the Bible is reliable and in that case what are we doing?
But thank God, He is NOT fallible and doesn’t make mistakes. So with this in mind, you must understand that God placed you in this time frame, the greatest technology boom in history, for a purpose. The fact that he placed you in this time-frame is evidence that you can handle it. If you were not capable of handling technology, then God would not have placed you in this time-frame.
Overcoming Technology Intimidation – Principle #2
It’s Too Complicated. When I got my first computer in 1992 I spent $2000. When I got it home, hooked it up and turned it on, all I saw was a black screen with a blinking white line (cursor). Talk about intimidating. I just spent two grand and had no idea what to do next. Fortunately computer technology has not only advanced but has also become simpler. Everything is made to be simple and user friendly these days.
I overcame the intimidation of my first computer by asking other people who had computers, what to do. This will also help you overcome your intimidation. As you replace fear with knowledge you’ll begin to see that it really isn’t so complicated. If it really was that complicated, computers would not be as popular as they are all around the world. The fact that there is a computer in virtually every home around the world is evidence of how simple it has become.
Overcoming Technology Intimidation – Principle #3
Lying Seeds of Limitation. I am convinced that one of Satan’s tactics is to subtly sow lying seeds of limitation into the minds of men and women of God to convince them that they don’t need technology and that they can’t understand it, so why bother? The fact of the matter is, that you can do anything you put your mind to. You are a child of Almighty God and the Greater One lives inside you. With God all things are possible. How dare the devil sow such lies of limitation. But it’s up to you to reject and cast those lies down (2 Cor. 10.3-5).
Look at it this way. You routinely handle the principles and secrets of God’s Kingdom. You handle things on a regular basis, that the natural man is incapable of understanding. Surely if you can handle the principles of the Kingdom, you can handle a lowly man-made computer. Surely if the architect of all technology lives on the inside of you, you can handle a lowly computer.
Overcoming Technology Intimidation – Principle #4
How Do You Improve At Anything? When I got my first computer and saw the keyboard I was again intimidated because I couldn’t type. When I had to write papers in school it would either take me hours to type it out with my “hunt and peck” method or I’d have to get someone to type it for me. But one thing I quickly realized is that I would need to learn how to type. So what did I do? I found a typing program and I practiced the lessons for about 30 minutes every day. Within 30 days of this I was fairly proficient. Within two months my speed was up to about 30 to 40 words per minute. The moral of this story is that you will learn the computer the same way that I learned to type, by spending some time with it every day and practicing.
Overcoming Technology Intimidation – Principle #5
God Expects You To Utilize Technology. In Jesus’ time and in Paul’s time they both utilized the technology that was available to advance the gospel. Admittedly they didn’t have much, but they did use what they had. Both used transportation technology. Jesus used boats to more quickly get to his destinations as did Paul. In fact without this technology Paul would not have been nearly as effective as he was. He was able to accomplish amazing things because of the ability to travel. He was also able to write letters which we still read today as a result of using what was available to him.
The modern day church, however, has infinitely more at its disposal than what Paul had. We have telephones, air travel, the internet, mobile communication and technology, just to name a few. So do you really think God won’t require you to utilize the technology available to you?
The fact is that God most certainly requires you to use what is available to you to advance the Kingdom. To refuse to do so is to be an unprofitable steward. God is not interested in business as usual. He will not tolerate churches and ministries that operate in the 21st century the way ministries operated in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is sobering but it is oh so true.
Overcoming Technology Intimidation – Principle #6
You Don’t Need To Know It All. As the leader of your ministry you really don’t need to know how to operate every bit of technology that is available. In fact I would recommend that you don’t because the more time you spend learning various technologies and software is time that could be spent in the Word, increasing your anointing or developing your leadership skills, which are all much more important for you as the leader.
But although I don’t recommend that you try to personally learn every technology, it is important that you understand the basic concepts. Because in understanding what is available, you are able to think creatively about utilizing those technologies to make your ministry more effective.
As the leader you’re greatest function is to be a conductor. You must be able to assemble the talent necessary in the various disciplines needed to accomplish the objectives. Therefore you don’t need to know how to build a website, for example, you simply need to know what you want and have a professional team that can execute it for you.
When you look at it from this perspective things become a lot simpler. All you need to do is stay current with the available technology, which your team can help you with, and then make decisions as to what technologies will be utilized to accomplished the ministry’s objectives.
My purpose in writing this article is to make you aware of some of the incredible opportunities that are available to your ministry as a result of these technologies and to help you truly understand the Power of Your Website.