8.18.2009

Why or Why Not Wi-Fi?

So, recently, I was leading worship at another church in our city. They had Wi-Fi in their worship center and I had my iPod Touch with me. I found that I could not resist the urge to visit my social networks, i.e. twitter, facebook, email, etc. As I sat in my sin of surfing in church, I wondered to myself, "Is it a good idea to have Wi-Fi available in a church service?"
Like Paul in Philippians, I found myself in a strait betwixt two. I saw positives and negatives. On the positive side, I see the potential in implementing social media into the church. There are churches who are using Twitter to involve the congregation in on the sermon, which is cool. On the negative side, I see the temptation of the web life seeping in and creating a lack of focus in worship. As a person who is all for the social media world, I found myself wondering if it belonged in this sacred time of corporate worship. Should I not allow this time to be simple and meditative, releasing the focus of technology? I don't know. Help me out. Let's hear it...

Why or Why not Wi-Fi?

6 comments:

Erin said...

Yeah... I'm not sure that I think Wi-Fi is a good idea in church. Media outlets can still be used to involve the congregation, but the actual worship time should be just that, worship. A time to "unplug" (you like how I threw that in there??) from the twittering-facbooking-emailing world around us and focus on, the reason we are at church to begin with, God. I vote no on the whole internet access during church thing.

Anonymous said...

keeping it simple - i would say no

Rich Kirkpatrick said...

you MUST have wifi... read the Bible, let people browse...its cultural.

BTW..I signed up people for twitter DURING my sermon this week. ;)

Gary Durbin said...

thanks for the input. I'm definitely not against the idea of it, but we have to remember what it's all about, for sure. Thanks for the input, everybody.

Will Anderson said...

I'm telling Jeff.

Gary Durbin said...

No, Will!!!