Atypical technology employed in churches
The Evansville Courier Press, in a Nov. 30 article, “Digital Age doxology: Pastor knows gadgets, chapter and verse,” reports on uses that churches have for digital technology. I particularly enjoyed this one
The Turning Pointe United Methodist Church on Evansville’s West Side (www.theturningpointe.com) recently tested a new idea called TXT BAC CHRCH. The Rev. Steve Walker invited worshippers to send text messages with questions about his sermon. After the sermon, staffers displayed the handful of responses on a large screen, and Walker answered them.
Usually when the idea of church technology comes up, the discussion goes two ways. In my experience the reactions are:
- How people do or don’t want Microsoft PowerPoint displays in worship.
- Finding a way to save money on postage by emailing the parish newsletter.
The article reports on Pastor Dan Hendricks who has a “road warrior” type setup, carrying around laptops and such. He uses arrangements like Pastors Christopher Esget and Bob Hyatt, who both employ Backpack for organizing ministerial minutiae.