How Technology Changed
Worship services used to be very simple. You go to the venue, sing praises, strengthen your faith by listening to the sermon as well as to testimonies of fellow church members, and then go home and practice what was preached.
Over the years, as churches have grown and expanded, the need to utilize technology has become inevitable. Many of what used to be small church locations became large auditoriums, theaters, and even stadiums.
And as the world changed, various faiths had to adapt to the changes and innovate to keep up with the times. This was inescapable and, at best, required. Not doing so would have left the churches in the dust, scrambling to win back lost congregations. In order to continue sharing their faith, churches had to turn to technology.
Here are the various ways that technology has changed worship services for many churches.
Sophisticated Sound Systems
With most churches moving to larger venues for worship services, they had to get better sound systems to ensure that everyone in attendance could hear the preaching and the music clearly. Sticking to a mediocre or poorly set up sound system can only result in a bad worship experience for church members seated far from the stage, and this might prompt them to attend worship services elsewhere.
Large venues need a high-quality sound system that will let you hear the preaching loud and clear. A reliable sound system usually includes an amplifier, large speakers, and audio consoles. Though upgrading the equipment comes at a considerable cost, investing in a sophisticated sound system is necessary, especially if the church is growing at a rapid pace.
Many people are aware that the pandemic has severely affected the religious sector. Since the implementation of lockdowns and the prohibition of public gatherings, worship activities have been greatly hindered. However, it hasn’t deterred the faithful from exercising their right to come together and celebrate their faith.
With livestreaming technology, which has grown in popularity in recent years, anyone can record videos using any one of several livestreaming applications available and share it with people on the internet so they can watch what happens in real time.
Church livestreaming has allowed many people to listen to preaching and worship God from the safety of their own homes. It also has the added feature of allowing churchgoers to rewatch the livestream, since certain apps allow recordings to be saved and uploaded on video streaming sites.
Podcasts are essentially a series of audio files available online that can be played or downloaded on computers and mobile devices. These have become quite popular recently, and a number of churches have made use of this format to further spread their teachings. Some of them record and save their church sermons to upload as a podcast on the church’s website or on streaming platforms so that members (and nonmembers who might be interested) can easily access them anytime.
The podcast format is quite convenient for most since it allows them to multitask. Listeners can have it playing as they’re doing errands, driving to places, etc. It’s also a great way to reach the church’s young members, like the millennials, who are quite fond of multitasking.
Some churches also use podcasts to increase engagement and connect with their congregation. For example, during live podcast sessions, they can ask their listeners to share their thoughts on the day’s topic.
Though social media isn’t actively used in worship services, it’s become a great way for churches to increase their visibility and hopefully grow the number of attendees at their services. Considering how most people seem to be ‘terminally online,’ churches can use their social media pages to draw attention to their worship services and to the specific topics of each session.
Leading up to certain sessions, they could post teasers or announcements of the upcoming topics/lessons that will be preached. On the flip side, after worship services, they could also post supplementary information, such as Bible verses or related literature, or a quick summary of that day’s sermon.
Technology has certainly made many things easier, and nowadays, most facets of people’s lives revolve around it. That said, with all the benefits technology offers, it’s no wonder that churches and religious organizations have also started to make use of it in many different ways.
Innovation is crucial to the success of any organization. Going beyond the norm can be controversial at times, but as you can see from the points above, if it’s effective in reaching people and touching lives, it may be a worthwhile step to take.