DEVELOPING LEADERS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
White Wing Messenger|August 2020
DEVELOPING LEADERS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
The term “Age of Technology” applies more today than any time in the past. Due to the pandemic this year, we have seen technology and social media become the primary medium for corporate worship, education, world news, and even personal relationships.
BECKY CHAFFIN
Of course, we know that social media, no matter how advanced, cannot replace face-to-face interaction, but increased use of technology will continue to be part of our everyday lives—the new normal. So, the question is: How can we use this ever-growing tool to develop leaders in the church?

For better or for worse, most people today have a “marriage” relationship with technology. According to the International Telecommunications Union, 86.6 percent of those in the developed world (53.6 percent worldwide) are internet users.1 This has certainly influenced our world and our churches. Most Millennial and Gen X Christians agree that although digital interactions have made sharing their faith easier, meaningful conversations about spiritual matters are hindered due to the busyness technology has created.2 Our goal for developing leaders, locally and globally, is to create focused ministry tools that offer practical training and motivation to move forward in their callings.

1 Itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Pages/stat/default.aspx (accessed May 13, 2020).

2 Barna.com/research/evangelism-in-a-digital-age-aninfographic/ (accessed May 13, 2020).

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