by Daniel Weber
Source: NAD Ministerial
We live in an instant world. Everything happens in nanoseconds and is instantly available around the world through social media, email and texting. In 2010 I was traveling in the country of Namibia in southern Africa when an earthquake hit the east coast where my family lives. I found out about the earthquake moments after it happened through social media, while my wife who experienced the quake didn’t have the full details until I texted her to see if she was safe.
Currently there are more than 160 million smartphones being used in the United States, with an estimate of well over 200 million by 2018. Each one of these phones can instantly capture video, photos or audio and share it around the world, and each phone is a potential “witness” to our conversations, sermons, shared stories or every day life experiences. What a wonderful opportunity to witness to the world! What an even greater challenge when you consider the negative impact that these “moments in time” can have on our church, our members, and even our own lives.
It is hard to find a church these days that doesn’t record the majority of their sermons so that they can be put on the internet so that the world can share them at a later date. Some churches even utilize READ MORE…