Steve Perky Weekly Focus 2019.w.05
#TeaTimeThoughts from Steve Perky
As we learn more about this new culture in which we live and minster, I still experience days of culture shock. Having lived in two countries in my life, I experienced culture shock when I was not in my "home country." But I was most surprised by the culture shock I experienced when I moved back to the USA. The culture in the the USA had changed over that two year period. I had changed, too.
With technology impacting our culture at an exponential rate, we are living in a culture today that is nothing like the one into which we were born. This definitely impacts how we express and be the Ekklesia today. We no longer live in the days of "build it and they will come." We have to do what we were called to do in the Great Commission, "Go and make disciples." Some theologians translate this more as, "As you go, make disciples." Either way, there is an intentionality in making disciples while going.
Today's technology allows us to "go" in new, creative ways. It allows us to empower Christians to grow and reach out in new ways as they go.
This Instagram video from the World Economic Forum shows drones delivering books to children in remote parts of Indonesia. Imagine missionaries being able to use technology like this to get Bibles and discipleship material to people in remote areas.
Back closer to home, though, we have some remote areas. Whether these be hard to reach rural areas where drones could be used or walled off communities where Internet tools could help reach beyond locked gates to those who are searching the Internet for answers to their hurts, we must learn to use these technologies to reach people for Christ and disciple them to live in today's culture.
Teaching People to Be the Light of Christ In Today's Digital World and "Age of Outrage"
One of the dangers of technology is it allows us to react too impulsively to purchase things we don't need. More devastating, though, is it allows us to react too quickly in very public ways before we get all the facts about situations. I have fallen for fake news and I dare say many pastors and church leaders have too. We live our lives in a bigger, more visible fishbowl than ever. Being examples to our circles of influence requires us to be more diligent in getting facts, responding in more Christlike manner, and teaching our people how to do the same.
Ed Stetzer released a great resource on this topic. It is the book listed in the Recommended Reading section below. It is segmented into three parts:
- Why the Age of Outrage
- Outrageous Lies and Enduring Truths
- The Outrageous Alternatives to Outrage
While all three parts are worth reading, part 3 is a great resource to help pastors both live in this culture as well as equip our members to live in this culture. The chapter titles for part 3 are:
- A Worldview Shaped by the Gospel
- Kingdom Ambassadors in a Foreign Land
- Winsome Love
- Online Activity Aligned with Gospel Mission
- Neighborly Engagement
Quote of the Week
"Lest we get on our high horses about all those bad, angry people out there, we need to recognize that outrage often comes from Christians."
Stetzer, Ed. Christians in the Age of Outrage: How to Bring Our Best When the World Is at Its Worst (p. xii). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
Christians in the Age of Outrage:
How to Bring Our Best When the World Is at Its Worst
By: Ed Stetzer
This book is intended to help Christians move from contributing to the age of outrage to effectively engaging it with the gospel.
The Weekly Focus is a summary of what I am reading, listening to, discovering, and learning this week. These include some of my thoughts and ideas around life, ministry, technology, culture, leadership, strategy, and communications. I pray these thoughts will help us all be better people, spouses, leaders, and learners as we live intentionally in our converged digital/physical daily lives.