Perhaps one of the most significant issues churches must face is reaching out beyond the walls of the sanctuary and doing the work of the Lord. Many churches jump this hurdle with missions in the community. However, this requires organization and numbers. Not all churches have those luxuries. Before a church can go out and begin handing out coats to the homeless, it must increase its own membership.
So maybe you can kill two birds with one stone (from David’s sling, of course). Technology is a wonderful thing and it allows us to do so much. Begin with social media. If your church doesn’t have a Facebook page or a Twitter account, it’s time to make one! Get your entire congregation on board with it (especially the youth and college groups) and find someone in a position to manage these social networks. Every event you can think of should be given an event page on Facebook and it should be promoted heavily for weeks or even a couple of months ahead of time. On that note, try to organize as many events as possible. Make an announcement about it to the congregation, invite them to the events on Facebook, and ask them to invite others.
Many churches have specific ministries for those who are bedridden or otherwise unable to make their way to the church. Even if you can’t drive to their houses, you can still reach out to them. If your church can afford a nice video camera, record all of your services and post them on your website. However, please make sure you have a separate page for the videos rather than clogging up pages made for other things. Also, send out email updates. One unique idea would be to select one sick person from your congregation each week and ask people to submit encouraging letters to them. Email the person with these letters attached to brighten their day.
There are many ways to use technology to reach out to your congregation. Get creative! We hope we’ve helped. Please comment below if you have any other great ideas.