Computer and audio video technology can play a vital role in the
Christian church today. The use of computer systems for mailing lists is an
old fashioned representation. Computers can fulfill a wide variety of
functions in the church today.
There is a need for public address systems in most churches. There is
also a need for an understanding that this should be an integrated part of
the actual service and not an afterthought.
Running and maintaining the settings for the Public Address system is a
ministry of its own, part of the “Ministry of Helps”. As the cost of video
technology becomes more and more reachable, it become more apparent that
this media is something that the church should consider and not just in
broadcast form; but also for the shut-in and incapacitated as well as others
who just can’t make it to a given service or ceremony.
Because the cost of technology has been dropping over the course of time,
is now very affordable for even the smallest of churches to integrate these
technologies in their evangelistic ministries. Also since costs are dropping
dramatically, many aspects of each of the branches of these technologies
overlaps with each other, giving more functionality overall. The inexpensive
and simple personal computer, for example, can be a base component for both
audio and video technology and their representation in the church.
There are many that feel that these technologies should be shunned or at
least avoided. This kind of old-fashioned thinking can cause a church to
fail, or at least, not grow. With the steadily dropping costs of
technologies, they not only become more available to even the small church
body, they are becoming so common-place that the average lay-person expects
a certain amount of technology in the church.
Recently, it is becoming more popular for people to own personal
computers and become more integrated into the technological world that we
live in. Many people now prefer email to a letter sent by post. Shopping
“online” is becoming so popular, that it is becoming a trillion dollar
industry, just in the United States.
Because of this information age and the availability of these
technologies to even the novice home computer user, it is becoming something
that is expected in the church. The days of the mailing lists and cut and
paste and photo-coping weekly bulletins are now part of the history of