Simple Technological Tools to Improve the Church Experience
In today’s technology-driven society, it’s easy for your church to fall behind if it’s not keeping up with basic technological trends. Stop fighting modernization! Think of technology as the missing link to connect to members and visitors outside of the sanctuary. Technology has the ability to improve engagement within and outside of the church walls and the possibilities of reach and spreading the word are endless. Here are five simple technological tools to improve the church experience.
1. Social Media
Gone are the days where church communities are limited by distance and word of mouth. Social media is a key tool to get members involved and engaged throughout the week and outside of services. It’s an easy way to spread encouragement, scripture, or just to invite people in. Creating a social media presence offers a relaxed environment to create an approachable reputation. It also offers the ability to get the word out for special events, share prayer requests, and share news quickly and easily.
Livestream might seem difficult to navigate at first, but it’s a powerful and effective tool. It can be easily accessed on Facebook or Instagram feeds or a portal on your website. This gives people the flexibility to still be involved in their church, even if they aren’t able to attend services or events in person. Livestreaming differs from regular video posts because it helps people feel more involved. Live video lets them experience things alongside the rest of their fellow churchgoers.
If livestreaming isn’t an option, recorded videos are the next best thing. Video marketing is a powerful tool for generating engagement within the church community. Recording messages and services and posting them on the website and social media is an effective way for members to experience or relive their favorite moments. And, if something particularly touched them, they can easily spread the message and share it with their friends and family. Video allows people to dig deeper in if they want to revisit some of the services and have the ability to pause and do their own reflecting.
4. Sound Systems
Microphones and sound systems are very beneficial, especially to the older generations. Depending the church’s size, it’s helpful to have a set-up that allows the back rows to have just as good of an experience as the front rows. This can improve the sound quality of the speaker as well as the music. Whether it’s the pastor, choir, live bands, or recorded audio, the quality will be clear. Having a reliable sound system also takes the worry off of whoever is speaking or singing, letting them focus on their message.
5. Projectors / Viewing Screens
This is an investment that prevents future costs and allows members to fully immerse themselves in the church experience. With screens, there is no need to replace song books. It also eliminates the frantic search to find the right page of the song being sung. This makes it easy for all ages to focus on the words of praise they are singing rather than what page is next. This also allows the church to share photos or videos of things such as mission trips, homecoming, or youth trips.
Keeping up with technology is becoming a must for churches to stay relevant and engaging to their members. Let go of the idea of a classic or “old-fashioned” church service. When looking at technological tools to improve the church experience, focus on introducing technology that will have a positive impact on church members. There are many ways that technology can make it easier to praise and worship – and isn’t that the whole point?