Reaching The Online Generation

An Initiative of CityTeam Ministries

When Will Tech Take a Back Seat?

Posted on | December 1, 2008 |

I remember the early days of Plurk.  The only thing new plurkers could talk about was Plurk.  

“Isn’t Plurk cool?”

“Is Plurk better than Twitter?”

“I’m not sure about Plurk’s funky timeline.”

“What do you think about the name, Plurk?”

Eventually, people stopped talking about Plurk and moved on to their lives.  Seasoned Plurk users only talk about Plurk when something is wrong with it or the Plurk powers-that-be add some new feature.

The novelty of the tool wore off and the coversations and communities took center stage.

I feel that people in online ministry are acting a bit like new Plurk users - all we seem to be able to talk about are the tools.

“Are you on Twitter?”

“You’ve got to get on Friend Feed!”  

“I have 250 friends on Twitter, let’s shoot for 500!”

“What did you think about the video quality on so-and-so’s site?”

I wonder when the novelty of the tools will wear off and we will think about how we are going to use these tools to reach the lost.  I am less concerned with features, unless those features make talking with lost people and meeting their needs a bit easier.  I want to know if a new tool allows me to reach a group I couldn’t reach before.

Sure, there is a place for excitement about new tools.  But those conversations should examine the pros and cons of a new tool within a broader strategy of reaching the lost.

I’m ready to see what God is doing with what we are doing rather than boring Him with our conversations about what we think and what we’re gonna do.

How about you?

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