Elsewhere, we’ve looked at the link between innovation and church growth using the U.S. Congregational Life Survey. We found that use of visual projection equipment in worship is not related to church growth. That is, congregations that are using visual projection in worship and those that forgo that technology are just as likely to have grown in recent years.
That seems surprising. After all, most of the mega-churches that draw so many people to their services use visual projection equipment in worship. So what’s the deal?
There has been quite a bit of conversation about this topic recently. Cynthia Holder-Rich called herself “tech-curious” rather than “tech-saavy” and noted that “the tech scene keeps up its inexorable process of change, and being a decade or half a decade behind means that we in the church are generally out of the game.”
Landon Whitsitt, Vice Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), responded to Cynthia’s post. He argues passionately about the role of technology. He says: “If we are not using technology as a part of our ministry . . . we are saying we do not care about being an incarnational presence in this world. By refusing to engage in the ways that those we would reach engage . . . we’re saying we don’t care about them.”
Can your congregation afford to send this message?