I’m a fan of cool technology. I like Twitter. I watch Lost on my laptop. I don’t have a landline. Seeing the church take advantage of new technologies to spread the gospel is pretty cool. It’s actually the latest rage (did you see the recent Time magazine article on using Twitter in church?).
But for all the technology, what really matters is people. I like Twitter because it keeps me connected to people. I like watching Lost online because I spend my Wednesday nights when Lost is broadcast with my small group. And the landline? OK, I ditched that because I’m cheap.
As cool as new technology is, what I really like about it is what people do with it to reach others. Online video isn’t what makes invisiblepeople.tv cool, it’s the way Mark Horvath connects with homeless people and shares their story. An impressive use of social networking isn’t what made 5 Days in May work, it’s the way people gave up their Starbucks and Pepsi for plain old water and then donated to the tune of $3,400.
Technology is definitely cool. It makes so many things easier. But don’t get hung up on the technology. Get hung up on the idea. Get hung up on the people. That’s how technology can help your church.