SundayU Magazine | 7/18/2019 | Paul Maxwell
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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

People are at your church because they want to engage.

Problem - Churches - People - Way - People

The problem that they face—in many churches—is that churches are not set up to engage the people the way people are used to engaging.

For example, Pew research released these statistics:

% - GenZ - Smartphone

96% of GenZ owns a smartphone.

92% of millennials own a smartphone.

People - Barrier - Websites - Sheets - Gmail

And yet, when it comes to church, people are often left facing a barrier of old websites, excel sheets, gmail chains, and worse—text chains that they have no idea how to escape.

Here’s the reality:

Engagement - Church - Medium - People - Way

If you want to boost engagement at your church, you have to take seriously one digital medium on which people can engage in a way that feels native to their own digital experience.

This may seem like an odd suggestion—that the church partake in the sort of fad that looks tacky and feels ham-fisted.

Church - Leaders - Prompt - Church - Church

Many church leaders will respond to the prompt that the church needs to be more tech-friendly: “But the church has been around for 2,000 years!” Indeed, it has. But so have a lot of things that are decreasing in their prevalence—like physical currency, brick and mortar commerce, and even “mainstream” publications.

Of course, God will sustain the church—it belongs to him!

Church - Leaders

But we as church leaders are entrusted with it to lead it excellently.

And within all the presumably surface-level conversations about technology and the church, there lies the real “stuff” of discipleship: sin, maturity, redemption, love, communion, marriage, mental health issues, and domestic disputes.

God - Church - Members - Difficulties

God calls the church to spiritually lead its members through these difficulties.

One of the ways the church leads members is in how it communicates with them.

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