Pandering or preaching to the converter?Posted: March 7, 2008
Though I am beginning to wonder if his willingness to use communication technology to engage and inspire the faithful was lost on the rest of the Holy See.
An online ad for Audio Visual Mart reads, “Let’s face it, we’ve all experienced the occasional sleeper on Sunday morning. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Technology can inspire your congregation in new ways.”
A growing number of pastors and ministers are tired of competing with the Internet, MTV and video games and are taking a long look at the exploding market of what is being called ‘house of worship technology’.
Fed up with dwindling congregations and disconnected parishioners, some church community leaders are raising funds to wire their houses of worship with large video screens, state-of-the-art sound systems and digital video cameras. Some use video clips from popular films to illustrate and comment on the weekly Bible readings while recording – then later uploading the entire service to the Internet.
Is this pandering, simply preaching to the converted or a bold attempt to wrestle the TV converter from the hands of their weekly audience members?
What do you think?
Sources: Is Jesus the next killer app?
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