If information technology is described as “the technology involving the development, maintenance, and use of computer systems, software, and networks for the processing and distribution of data”, then what might Christian technology be?
Or is it just a great diversion from the highest good?
In a session entitled, “Creating Irresistible Environments” at the 2005 Drive Conference held by Northpoint Community Church, Andy Stanley says that the objective of the church team is to create an environment conducive to the moving of the Holy Spirit. He points out that whether it was at a church worship service, a retreat, a conference, a revival, or some other point in time, our decision to follow Christ occurred in a particular environment, and while we cannot guarantee a conversion experience, we can create environments that promote an open heart.
Christian Technology then, borrowing from the definition of information technology, might read somewhat as “the technology involving the development, maintenance, and use of computer systems, software, and networks for the creation and distribution of environments that promote the movement of the Holy Spirit.”
According to this definition, Christian technology is heavily oriented around production and aesthetics as well as presentation and usability. A suitable context for the transmission of the Gospel is the objective. This seems to be the working definition for a number of megachurches, but is it an effective one. What happens when a Christian is outside that context? Are we all supposed to be working towards re-creating that type of context? like some sort of Christian McDonald’s? What happens to all those churches that are low tech?
What if we find that so many Christian technologists are more into the art of the environment and ambiance than in Christ himself? Obviously, information technology translates to all kinds of fields but IT personnel are not required to be completely immersed in the industry that they are a part of, they need only to ensure that the systems run properly to the desired goal, so it stands a good chance that we have many people that work towards increasing the quality of church environments without the vested interest in Jesus. What is to become of the Christian Technology boom?