Yesterday I had the opportunity to emcee a panel discussion for the Jacksonville Baptist Association focused on best utilizing technology in the church. To begin the session I shared a list compiled by some of the panel members and attendees in the same vein as Jeff Foxworthy's "You Might Be a Redneck If..." jokes.
So, here are just some indicators for pastors and church leaders who may need to upgrade their digital footprint.
You Might Need A Technology Upgrade In Your Church If...
- Your church MySpace page is up-to-date.
- You still have a Friendster account.
- When you check for email a woman's voice on your computer says "You've Got Mail!"
- Your email address is @hotmail.com
- You are waiting for someone to invite you to use Gmail.
- You just discovered Vine...and now it's gone.
- You still browse the internet through Netscape.
- You have AOL CDs in your office with "10 Free Hours"
- You still pay by the hour for internet.
- You still think in baud rate when it comes to internet connectivity.
- You're knocked off the internet when someone in the house picks up the telephone.
- You still illegally download stock footage from Google Image Search.
- All the images on your church website are stock photos of models with watermarks on them from the company that actually owns the images.
- Your church website uses textures like leather, flowers, or stone as a background.
- You hear someone talking about Snapchat and you think they're referencing a scene from West Side Story.
- You still call a hashtag a pound or number sign.
- You still type www in your internet browser before the website name.
- Your church site automatically plays music when opened.
- Your church site has a splash page before opening up.
- Your church site is basically a brochure online (i.e. no video or links).
- Your church site isn't formatted for mobile devices.
- Your church app does nothing unique from your website.
- Your site uses Comic Sans font.
- You still have a box of 3.5 inch (or even 5.25 inch) floppy disks in your office.
- You write blogs that are way too long, thinking people actually read them (Ooh, wait...never mind.)
- Your church's guest WIFI has a password that has so many characters, even Robert Langdon couldn't decipher it.
- The last time you updated your church website, it was still hosted on a GeoCities page.
- You upgrade the look of your church website, but choose COPPERPLATE as the font because you think it looks trendy and new.
Oh, there are more, I'm sure. Feel free to leave some additional ones in the comments below.