March 10, 2008

Final post of the day

Just as I have now finished tidying up my project files on my computer, here is one last piece of interest...

This is a quote from Dave Holden (leader of New Community Church, Sidcup (S.E. London) and involved in leading the newfrontiers 'stream' of churches) when he spoke in a seminar at a national newfrontiers leaders conference in Brighton last summer - you can download the entire seminar recording here (this seminar is called 'The Holy Spirit and your church: Part 2'). The whole talk is pretty long, this quote comes from about 25 minutes into it.

We need to teach people to expect to encounter God... You can have ten old ladies... in a tin hut, without the latest modern music, without any PA, who can't even see the words on the screen at the front; and if they are glorifying Jesus, and they are encountering God, then its a far more meaningful moment than some great big super-duper meeting where we've got all the technology and we're singing all the songs but actually were not encountering the living God. So all our hours given over to technology has a massive big question mark over it actually. Because I don't despise it, but I just dont think its as important as some people think it is... What's really important is these few people, whoever they may be, are genuinely encountering God.
...Some of us have got to make just basic decisions about what we think is important & what isnt... It is not about having the meeting run well... I want it done as best we can, but I do want to make this the priority of our hearts.

As this is from a context of training church leaders (although in the broadest sense), this demonstrates the fact that IT use in some churches has now reached a point where a refocus is needed back to the true priority of church: God. 

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