If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? … All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12: 17, 27 (NLT)
It’s Sunday morning. The auditorium is packed. The lights come up, music plays, and the worship leaders start to praise. After 20 minutes of song, the pastor takes the stage. All eyes are on him and the PowerPoint notes shining on his right and left. He dives into the message. Then squeeeek-POP! Feedback fills the speakers, and the overhead screens go blank. Suddenly, we’re reminded of all the technology that goes into modern ministry.
As speakers and worship leaders, we understand the need for technology, but how often do we treat those who handle it as true ministers? Even more to the point, how often do we provide opportunities for them to use their gifts in our ministry work?
I’m frequently asked, “Which website or blog builder should I use?” A couple of years ago I would have advised WordPress, Blogger, Weebly or some other system that met that person’s particular needs. Today my response is this, “Are you comfortable with computers? No? Then find someone in your church who is and let them build a website on whatever platform they prefer.”
God didn’t design all of us to be on stage, but He did design every person for ministry. He gave us gifts that, when used together, show the beauty of His plan and the power of His love for us. In a world that is angry, argumentative, and broken, here’s one thing that will always grab our attention: a group of diverse people working in harmony toward a common goal.
So please, keep these two things in mind:
- It takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work to build a ministry.
- A lot of behind-the-scenes people don’t know where to plug in. Give them a chance.
Throw off that I-can-do-it-all mindset. Seek help in the form of ministry partners that are willing to work with you and share the vision God is directing. Ask God to open your eyes and lead you to people whose talents are outside of your own. Seek the prayer warriors, the organizers, the hospitality givers, and cooks. And yes, go looking for the technology talented. They all need places to serve.
And if for some reason God hasn’t shown you these people yet, don’t be dismayed. Take classes or attend training in your areas of weakness. God will give you the strength to do what is necessary. Years ago, I hated computers so passionately I took a typewriter to college. Now, when I teach people how to use technology, I can empathize with their frustrations and help them through it. God lets us experience exactly what we need to serve Him and His children best. Amen? Amen!
So, get busy seeking those techno-ministry partners or get busy learning what you need. Whichever the case, know that technology is here to stay, and that’s a wonderful thing. It can unite us, it can help us learn, and it can send the Word of God around the world with the touch of an Enter key.
Cynthia Owens, a.k.a. The Efficiency Addict, is a technical trainer, helping her clients reach their goals through practical organizing and effective habits. Cynthia specializes in computer skills training, professional development, and event management. She has been the CCC Event Coordinator since 2013 and has taught multiple courses for speakers including: The Savvy Speaker’s Guide to Organizing Your Business and Pinterest Basics for Writers, Speakers, and Small Business Owners. Cynthia offers these classes and more via live webinars at her site www.TheEfficiencyAddict.com