5 Technological Solutions to Modernize a Church
Just like any establishment, churches need to modernize and keep up to date with the latest technological advances.
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These help to encourage more people through the doors and improve the experience for the existing congregation. Not all modern technology is expensive, either, so here’s a rundown of some of the best ways to create a truly modern church.
#1 Upgrade your PA system
Most churches are operating on woefully out of date PA systems. These can make sermons hard to hear and there are often problems with crackle/feedback over the speakers too. If your church setup involves a pair of front facing speakers, it’s almost certainly time to upgrade. Opting for full surround sound (with wall speakers placed strategically around the room) makes a massive difference. Surround sounds means a fully immersive experience where someone sat at the very back feels just as included as the person on the front pew.
#2 Use social media
Social media is a fantastic way to communicate with your congregation and build an online community, but it’s neglected by too many churches. This is a shame, because churches can use social media creatively. Use Instagram to share community outreach programs and photographs, Twitter to post announcements and YouTube to upload sermons and longer video content. Remember to link your social media and cross post so that followers know where to find you on each network.
#3 Live streaming
Live streaming a sermon is a fantastic way to reach out to the community. It brings your church to people who might not be able to make it in person and grows the congregation. It’s especially useful for the elderly or those with limited travel options and ensures that they don’t miss out. Streaming is easy using a church livestream solution. The process is incredibly simple and can be accomplished with minimal hassle or financial outlay. The results can be dramatic too and ensure that you truly are an all-encompassing church where nobody is left behind.
#4 Offer online donations
Many churches pass around the traditional collection plate at the end of a sermon, but this isn't the best way to receive donations. Most people simply don’t carry cash anymore, and fewer still will be able to donate as much as they might like on a plate. Instead, offer online payment. This has the dual advantage of allowing people to pay with a card and keeping donations private. People nowadays prefer a secure, private online system of donations rather than giving in person, so this feature is a must.
#5 Consider visuals
Although churches are predominately based on speeches, there’s nothing wrong with offering a visual element. This is easily accomplished using a simple projector/screen set up next to the pulpit. From there you might choose to display images complementary to the sermon or even provide subtitles for anybody hard of hearing. The projection area can also be used for announcements and important information, perhaps pointing the congregation towards upcoming events or community outreach programs.