What is Church Tech?
Church tech can be defined as the use of methods, processes or knowledge to further the goals and mission of the church.
Below are the misconceptions many church leaders have about church tech:
1.“The church does not use Technology.”
One of the greatest uses of technology was the application of the printing press to mass produce copies of the Holy Bible. Johannes Gutenberg, who was considered the inventor of the printing press, used technology to mass produce books and quickly spread knowledge in the 15th century Europe. The Gutenburg Bible is an early use of church tech to spread the gospel. Today, churches tech is used to assist with worship, sermons are delivered with church tech like powerpoints and broadcast online, most visitors find a church through a website or social media site, and people that give to church online consistently give more.
- “Older congregants will not embrace technology”
This is a commonly held belief based largely on basic assumptions about church tech and older members. Not only is this not true, but a study by Dunham and Company showed that online giving among those over 65 was equal to members from younger generations. Senior Americans have traditionally been late adopters of technology. But according to the Pew Research Center, seniors are embracing technology at a surprising rate. In 2013, 59% were internet users.
- “Technology is a problem, not a solution.”
Technology itself is not bad, but it also is not foolproof. It’s all in how it is applied. The problem comes when church tech becomes a substitute for human interaction. People and churches require a physical connection and human interaction for survival. Church tech should encourage and enhance, but not replace, the human part of the church experience.
- “It doesn’t cost anything.”
Because of open source technology, an increasing number of tools and apps are available free or at a very low cost. While the value can be high, this does not mean that there is not cost involved. It can take labor and testing involved with applying any new technology, along with support and updates.
- “All technologies are created equal.”
Just because you pay more for something doesn’t guarantee it will be better. In the church tech industry, it’s often exactly the opposite.
Price does not always indicate worth. Custom church websites that typically cost $3,500 can be bested by ones that are less than one-fourth the cost. Church mobile apps that cost $400 to design and $50 – $100 per month to maintain can be found for just $25 a month – and these apps are faster to create and easier to maintain and update. Church online giving can be custom-designed to perfectly match your church website, but only by one provider, MORE Blessed.
MORE Blessed is a ministry founded by a Pastor and businessman, run by technology industry veterans, and provides better and more secure technology at half the cost of anyone else. Their only goal is to increase your church’s ability to use technology and grow the Kingdom. With MORE Blessed, you can overcome the five common misconceptions about church tech. MORE Blessed offers custom designed church online giving pages, church apps, and church websites.