Preaching, Teaching, and Leading with Technology


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An introduction to using technology in churches. Simple and mostly free web-based resources you can use to further your church's mission. Presented to the AME 13th District mid-year convention in Louisville, KY on March 19, 2010. All websites, logos, and trademarks belong to the respective organizations.

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  • What is technology: Any tool that makes us uncomfortable? Any tool with which we aren’t familiar? Tools used by younger people?Once upon a time this was new technology and was used as a teaching tool and to inspire awe. Video in church would do the same thing now.
  • Notice how many people are looking at online videos and for how long.
  • Has your church joined in this trend? How could you use this to reach those you aren’t reaching now? Would it be in church, during Bible study, with a small group, youth group, or mission group?
  • The word (and the Word) is still important. Think about the evolution of Bible media—spoken, written, clay tablets, scrolls, hand-lettered books, hand press, mechanical press. What competition does the Word have in life today?
  • Online time: watching videos. For a ministry that can’t load video on it’s own website, YouTube is still the place to be.
  • Look at the numbers for Facebook both in terms of unique visitors and time spent per visitor. The fastest growing group of Facebook users is the 60+ age group. They are using Facebook to stay connected with their grandkids. Can you connect with your youth this way?
  • You are using a photo of the iPhone on the cover of the program for this meeting. What are people doing on this phone, aside from making calls and playing games? How about studying the Bible?
  • One of the most popular Bible applications on the iPhone is YouVersion from With this running you can browse and search the version of the Bible that you prefer, annotate passages with your comments, and share those comments with other users. Could this be a way to connect to any of your young people in the military or away at college?Also available for Blackberry, Droid, and iPad.
  • Preaching resources you can find online.
  • A very rich resource and free. Even if you don’t preach from the lectionary, you will find resources for sermon illustrations, bible study, multimedia and more.Joint project of Vanderbilt Univ. Divinity School and Hope for Life International.
  • Another free resource for sermon prep. We also recommend this to our students. Lectionary focused, but useful for bible study, sermon prep, and learning more about preaching.
  • This is a new website we are debuting in April—designed for our alumni at first. We envision a preaching community that will share resources, tips, struggles. Created by a professor in response to alumni demand. Used Ning software to do this. Software is free, but has ads on each page. You can pay for a version without ads. Free software often comes with ads—you have to decide if you can tolerate ads you can’t control.
  • AME pastors are probably familiar with this video platform. You can submit videos of your sermons here. Before you do look at some of the videos already on the channel and pay attention to the details of lighting and sound. See what works and what doesn’t. You want yours to be as professional as possible. Think about what you can do to make yours even better.
  • We are going to look now at some aids to Bible study. We already talked about YouVersion (available for computers and mobile devices).This is What Does the Bible Say About… from This is probably the simplest way to find topics in the Bible. You can either search or browse by topics.
  • The Unbound Bible is from Biola University. You can choose up to 4 versions of the Bible to study at one time, and search on a section, book or words.
  • has a very simple search interface, but allows you to customize your search if you want to.
  • Zondervan Bible Search has a fast search option, but also has keyword searching that allows you to be very precise in what you are looking for.
  • You have all this knowledge, but how can you share it with your congregation beyond the traditional methods. That’s where the internet comes in.
  • If your church doesn’t yet have a website you can create one without ads at GoogleSites. You pick the name, choose a theme (layout and colors) and you’ll be ready to start adding content.
  • This is a class site created by one of our professors. She did this by herself and found it very easy to do. If you don’t have the time or talent to work on this and keep it current, find someone in the church who will do this and see it as a mission.
  • This is another of our websites using free software—this one created with Blogger. Blogger is a blogging platform. The main characteristic of a blog is that the information is displayed in reverse of the order in which you enter it. The newest information is always at the top of the page. You’ll also have a part of the page that stays the same so you can enter information about the church, location, services, etc. The Blogger platform also automatically allows people to subscribe to your website.This is the software that The Christian Recorder uses.
  • These are two parts of our Blog screen that show the use of some widgets. Widgets are small programs that run independently of the main software. Blogger will let you choose from many of these for your page. Or, you can find ones on other websites.The pictures on the left are from Flickr, and the map on the right is from ClustrMaps.
  • This is Flickr—we’ve posted photos here that anyone can see, but once posted we can use them on our websites. This is a free service unless you have thousands of photos you need to upload.
  • Here’s a larger version of the ClustrMap. You can see the locations and number of people who come to your site. This is a great way to demonstrate the reach of your ministry.
  • A good leader does not dump everything on the church secretary. Some churches have found that an internet ministry is a good time to involve the younger people of the church. Just be certain that the people running your website have the time to commit to doing a good job. Websites take maintenance just like church buildings. You don’t want someone clicking on a link to an event and find information from last year.If you don’t have anyone able or willing to help with the website, it may be time to consider a paid option that has an even easier interface that you and the secretary can use.
  • You must have email. You can get free email with plenty of storage for messages at the first four options on this list. Many paid website providers include some free email accounts with the website. Check into this if you are shopping around for a website service.Google groups is a service that lets you create and maintain your email lists. Sending out prayer requests, church newsletters, or announcements are things you can do easily with lists.
  • MailChimp is a service that lets you send out emails with your church’s look and feel for free—up to 3000 emails per month.
  • Generous churches and artists are sharing images, handouts, brochures and other graphic-intense items. CreativeMYK is from the same church that created YouVersion. The specialty here is graphics for worship.
  • is a group of 4 churches that joined together to share the graphic items they produce. You can use these as they are, or modify them for your church’s needs.
  • Finally, to help you with reports to the board and the bishop, a free church metrics program. You will probably have to get the church secretary involved in entering data for this, but putting out reports should be easier. This is another free web offering from
  • Preaching, Teaching, and Leading with Technology

    1. 1. Carolyn Cardwell<br />March 19, 2010<br />Preaching, Teaching, and Leading with Technology<br />
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    4. 4. Images in Worship<br />76% of churches that average 100-250 attendees use a large-scale projection system as part of worship service<br />88% of larger congregations do<br />2009 Barna Group<br />
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    6. 6. Website Use 2/10<br />
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    28. 28. Email<br />Hotmail<br />Gmail<br />Yahoo mail <br />Website providers<br />Google groups<br />
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    35. 35. Graphics<br /><br /><br /><br />Church Metrics<br /><br />
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