Can Small Churches Rock Tech?

Recently, we have been taking a look at questions small churches ask about various technologies. Many of these posts have been geared toward the low-tech churches, but does small really mean low-tech?

Not necessarily. While smaller churches often struggle to stay up on the different technologies because of both budget and personnel, this isn’t always the case. There are definitely some churches out there leading the way in terms of technology. What does it take to be small and mighty is this arena?

It takes a passionate leader. Doesn’t it always? Any church, regardless of size, that wants to do a great job in technology has to have someone who understands that field, but is also willing to lead others. In small churches especially, leaders are often pulled in many directions and it is hard to be unilaterally focused. Even using the term “church tech” covers a variety of areas. Finding someone in your church who is willing to lead a team of people across these different areas is the key to success. This may be a staff person like a youth pastor or it may just be a great volunteer.

It takes resources. Unfortunately, most church tech solutions cost money and all of them take your time. It is an investment, but it often pays for itself in a short amount of time. Technology can save tons of man hours if used properly. It also can help attract new people to your church and as they get more involved. They help with both their time and their finances.

It takes risk. Technology is a little risky. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. If used improperly or not properly maintained, it can become something that actually drags down the experience. Giving a passionate leader too much freedom can also be risky, as you are putting a lot of responsibility on one person or on a small team. But as is often the case, the greater the risk, the great the opportunity for reward. Being willing to try new things and to be early adopters of new technologies can have a major positive impact on your church’s health.

If you’re willing to commit to it, invest in it, and take calculated risks, even the smallest churches can be very successful in the church tech space.

What questions do you have about how to really rock church tech?

Author: Jared Massey

Jared is an associate pastor in a small, rural church. He works mostly with youth and children, but wears many other hats. He also works part-time building mobile apps for churches and non-profits. He is married to his high school sweetheart and together they have two boys. Jared loves spicy foods, 80's music and all things Disney.

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