A Guide to Modernizing Church Services With Technology

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Churches are using technology like never before and so here is a guide to modernizing church services with technology.


Churches are using technology like never before and so here is a guide to modernizing church services with technology. First of all, our church streams our services over Facebook and posts them on YouTube, but there are many more effective ways to reach the lost that our church could be using and many ways to keep those in our church connected with the church. The technology available today for churches makes it much easier to reach a larger audience and spread its message worldwide over the Internet. Church technology facilitates community development, increases administrative efficiency through work automation, and promotes communication among the congregation so there are many benefits to church and technology. If technology helps us reach the un-churched, then it has been worth it, so here are ways that modernizing church services with technology can help your church and possibly, help the church grow, using technology as an outreach.

Shut-Ins and the Church-Less

There are many places around the world that share our church services, mainly because they either face opposition to having a church or they simply don’t have pastors trained in the ministry. Death threats and real deaths have increased exponentially over the last 10 years, so many places around the world have tapped into other churches services so that their small congregation can grow and hear the Word of God preached.  A great number of these small churches are house churches and have no church ministers or even elders or deacons, so they depend on technology to reach their own congregation through such technologies as Sermon Shots who are committed to unparalleled customer support.

Benefits of Technology

Speaking for many churches and our church, technology has been good for Christianity in a number of ways. First of all, it has greatly magnified the voice of those preaching the gospel to the lost and the saved. Instead of reaching hundreds or even thousands when preaching a sermon, a pastor now has a potential audience that could reach into the millions, but importantly, they can reach those who cannot attend church like shut-ins and those who have no access to a church where they live.

Pastoral Help

One way to help modernize church services with technology is with resources such as Ministry Pass which can help pastors and Bible teachers by increasing their ability to explore timely sermon series that speak to the most pressing needs of your congregation today. Technologies such as this can provide sound biblical theology for a world that continues to change and content that addresses your congregation’s felt needs for a church’s particular areas.

Technologies Advantages

Today, ministry leaders are relying on technology to minister in their communities, connect with their congregants, and solve critical problems. In other words, the dependency created between churches and technology was not an anomaly—it’s a thriving relationship. These days, technology allows people who need a temporary absence from church, perhaps due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, to easily stay connected and involved with their local church. And for those who are disabled or immunocompromised, or even people with nontraditional work schedules, online services are the invitation they have needed to find a church home. Viewing and listening to a church through technology allows the viewer to see how sound the church’s teachings are or if they fall short of the New Testament church standard (Acts 2:42-47). It makes finding a new church home a little easier.

No Replacing the Church

Technology can never replace the cooperate worship of God and His saints, The Internet and modern technology cannot take the place of the saints gathering together, iron sharpening iron. We are commanded to not forsake assembling together as the Body of Christ (Heb 10:24-25). Watching but not being involved in church services, like on television, cannot replace the prayers of the saints for you, nor can technology replace the preaching of God’s Word and the fellowship that God desires we have with one another. You cannot partake of the Lord’s Supper with a TV or Internet church or be baptized by them or have them visit you when you’re in the hospital, nor can they fulfill the over 100 “one another’s” in the New Testament. We all need a good church home. Jesus is the Head of the Church and He desires we gather together in joyful assembly to worship God and hear His Word, and we know “how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity” (Psalm 113:1)!

Technology is Neutral

I have heard some people say that using any sort of technology for the church is evil or wrong, but many businesses thrive on technology. Anything that helps the church function more easily should be considered. For example, one church used an integrated technology solution that included a dynamic database, synced with sign-up forms, process queues, and mail merge. These were all very simple solutions to data management, and what was the result? As soon as the staff learned the system, stress levels dropped significantly and they were more productive at work or in their ministry. Technology is neither good nor evil. It is neutral, but of course like anything, we know technology can be and has been used for evil, but that doesn’t make technology in itself evil. It is a non-person, so it is neutral and only as good as those behind it. It can help the church spread the gospel but it can never replace the church.


Lastly, it is my prayer that you have already put your trust in Jesus Christ, but if that has not happened yet, right now, you are in real danger of hell fire. And I mean, in immediate danger. Like all humans, you’re one breath, one heartbeat…one accident away from eternity. That’s when it will be too late to repent and why today is the best day to believe (2 Cor 6:2). Tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us. This is why I urgently plead with you to your trust in the Lord, Jesus Christ. If not, you will surely face God’s judgment after death guaranteed (Heb 9:27) or at the appearance of Jesus Christ (Rev 20:12-15), either of which could happen in a split second.

Here is some related reading for you: 10 ways Churches Can Connect With

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), Crossway Bibles. (2007). ESV: Study Bible: English standard version. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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