We live in a gadget driven society. From children to adults, every one of us wants the latest toy. But, as we all know, sometimes those toys can be quite useful in everyday life and in the workplace. Although churches may not be able to afford all of the latest technologies, they should still find ways of getting some to make the church more effective while using less manpower. In the end, some technologies may even save the church money! It’s important to be a good steward, of course, but that shouldn’t deter churches from purchasing certain technology. To be a good steward, the church needs wisdom in researching things that they can use. Here are 5 gadgets your church should be using.
1. Sound System
Your church should research different sound systems and ways of making the quality of the services and worship better. The church is centered on teaching the Bible, which often includes opening and closing in worship music. Without a good sound system, it’s hard for the congregation to hear very well. If there is no microphone, the Pastor will sound strained and often find himself drained after a message. If there is a microphone but it’s not a good quality, then he may sound muffled, which will make the message unintelligible to some.
2. Video monitor(s)
Today, sermons are often made more effective through visual media. This can include videos, pictures, and even infographics. This will not only change the way the Pastor researches for his sermons, but it will allow the congregation to become more involved in the sermon. Videos and images are often tools that can be “recycled” in the social media world. So, after a Pastor gives a message and uses the media, it can then be posted on the church Facebook page, which in turn lets the members share it around. Additionally, the video monitors give the church the ability to put the Scripture references, any upcoming dates to remember, and contact information right on the screen for all to see.
3. Credit Card Processors
If your church has a bookstore/merchandise (like cd’s, media, etc.)that it sells, it’s a great idea to have the technology that allows for credit card transactions. If not, it’s possible that potential buyers will be hindered from making desired purchases. Most people seem to only carry plastic these days, so it will be very useful to have.
4. Online Tithing Capabilities
This might require some research as to what company or software is best, but the point is to have an online payment option for those that want to tithe. The church I attend has this and it’s amazingly easy and effective to use. Every time that I want to tithe, I can do so from the comfort of my own home; I can pay through my debit card, credit card, or even my bank account. Plus, it has the added bonus of storing all of my info and scheduling a recurring tithe for each month, week, or whenever I want it to! This means that I will never worry about forgetting and I will never have to write a check or give cash—everything is right online!
A projector is a great gadget to have. Depending on the type of video monitors you have, you may already be using one or more. However, it’s a good idea to have at least one (depending on the size of your church) that can act as a floater. In other words, this projector will be able to travel to any type of retreat, events, or for the use of various ministries. It can be used during messages, seminars, and very useful for putting the lyrics to worship songs up on a screen (or wall depending on where you are). While it may not always be viewed as the fanciest of gadgets, it can be incredibly useful to any church. Larger churches with a bigger budget may be able to afford the top of the line type of projectors. But, if you’re a part of a smaller church, cheaper options are certainly available.
Gadgets are great and it’s time that the church starts staying current with them. It’s been said that the Word of God never changes, but that the delivery style does. In years past, churches relied on printed materials and loud preaching to teach messages and disseminate information. Today, however, the church is entering an age where things are all digital and various media is capable of attracting a lot of attention. The Word of God must remain primary for every church—but that doesn’t mean some cool gadgets can’t support the mission.