Whilst browsing the internet, I found an interesting post on the subject of using your smartphone during worship. What I thought was intriguing about the post was that the comments were divided between those who felt mobile devices were a distraction and those who felt they were just part of life.
At Bedford Road, it is quite common for me to say, “Someone google that!” and have a dozen or two people thumb-typing to find the answer. This is while I am preaching, mind you.
We put a notice in our bulletin, asking people to be respectful of others and to silence their electronic devices. In six years of preaching full-time, I have had a phone go off during service maybe three times.
Personally, I like the idea that people can write notes in a place where they can be accessed anywhere (like Youversion or Evernote) instead of on the back of the paper bulletin you leave on the chair anyway. I like the idea that people can check out information when it is presented, and even call me on it if the facts aren’t quite right (something our A/V tech and Alpha Geek, Doug, does very often).
When our kids present something in the service, we are able to upload the pictures and videos immediately to Facebook for the parents. Instead of using a bulletin, I can check the order of service on my iPad. There are so many pro’s to using technology.
What do you think? What is the role of technology in your congregation?