In 1993, AT&T launched an ad campaign now famous for its accuracy about future technologies. The ad showcased video calls, tablet computers, eBooks, personal GPS navigation and the digital classroom. The central theme was the erasure of space. When checking…
Cafeteria Christianity in the age of social media: What’s old is new again
It is safe to say that “we” pick and choose among religious tenets and practices because “we” are human and that is what humans do.
Church of Scotland to introduce online baptism in bid to boost membership
Under potentially radical plans being considered by the Church of Scotland, the rites could be administered online for the first time in a move to redefine the idea of a congregation in the Internet age.
Distracted discipleship: redefining what it means to be present and involved
In order to keep in touch with parishioners, many pastors make phone calls, send greeting cards, emails, text and direct messages. This is the result of multi-generational ministry and the influence of social media. In an effort to reach our…
6 essentials for churches engaging Millennials
While Millennials are less churched than most generations, data has shown they are no less spiritual. So why aren’t they in our pews? The longer I have examined this question, the more I’ve been convinced it is the wrong one….
Meet the tech world’s hottest new marketing tool: Pope Francis
And the Pontiff is the first to tell you how much he gets from the Internet, which he once called a “gift from God.”
Thinking of church membership in new ways, thanks to ‘cyber hospitality’
The way Susan Sparks sees it, congregations are missing a huge opportunity to share the gospel by not livestreaming their worship services. “We represent a messiah who used every available opportunity he had to reach out,” said Sparks, pastor at…
Is your social network your community? Probably not.
Henry Mintzberg of the University of McGill has asked an interesting question of those who believe they are living in community because of their social networks. “If you want to understand the difference between a network and a community,” he…
I Preached With a Screen So You Don’t Have To
I Preached With a Screen So You Don’t Have To I hate being scared of things for the wrong reasons, but this was one of those times. I don’t normally use a screen when I preach. In fact, even though…