Q and A With A Blogging Pastor
Is it a good way to reach other people and get them interested in your church? It can be. Since most of my posts amount to cultural commentary, they allow people to gauge where you're coming from as a pastor and what kind of church you are starting.
In your opinion, as a pastor and church leader, how has technology benefited churches? It has certainly made communication simpler. It prevents me from spending all day on the phone, for sure. I say e-mail has a "hot potato" effect. I shoot somebody an e-mail, and instantly, the "ball's in their court." They have to respond. It is so much easier to communicate this way. However, I say the trade-off might be more tragic than we know. The web, blogging, podcasting, as well as email, make it more difficult to establish true biblical community with people. On one level, you can communicate more easily, but on another, you wonder if you truly communicate at all. If the Bible portrays the church as a group of people in a city sharing their lives together, electronic communication can help that, or it can totally kill it. It's great if someone can download the podcast if he misses a Sunday, but the downside is that he may see no need to come for worship at all.