Technology in Mission

May 14, 2008

It is like the question never leaves me: “How can we use technology to further the building of God’s Kingdom?” While I sometimes find this question being applied to ministry in general, I more often apply it directly to the task of missions (as a subset of mission, which of course draws the whole of Kingdom Building in to the mix). Most specifically, “How can we, with our sending team, leverage technology to involve the whole Kingdom of God in building the whole Kingdom of God?” Two nights ago, I stumbled upon one answer to the question: RSS feeds.

“RSS” stands for “really simple syndication” and is technology by which regularly updated pages are brought to the consumer (check out the introduction of the article “RSS” on Wikipedia for more information).  So what could be done with a technology which “makes it possible for people to keep up with web sites in an automated manner that can be piped into special programs or filtered displays” (1)?  Prayer requests.  Though I have yet to figure out how, we will be using RSS for prayer requests so that everyone of our senders has the option of receiving to the minute updates of our prayer needs in Holland through the automated updates of an RSS feed. 

This is one way we can partner better to do mission together, but it is far from the end, because it is only one man’s brainchild.  What else can we do?  What insights or ministry might you bring to the table?  If we are to pursue the Great Commission then we must do it as the “whole church, bringing the whole Gospel, to the whole world.”  Where do you fit in?


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