As voice technologies expand into the mainstream of technology
integration, podcasting is making a serious run for increased
dominance in the voice technology aspect of broadcasting content.
Many CofC ministries rely on multiple levels of tech to broadcast
their content, daily devotionals, prayer requests, calendar updates
and streaming services are par for the course.
The use of audio opens doors for Church of Christ ministries to
expand to potentially 24hour, 7 day a week broadcasts with broadcasts
being recorded and scheduled for broadcasting anytime during the
day or the night. Members that want to listen to, engage with, debate on
and share scripture on platforms that support voice technologies
will have the freedom to do so.
There are backrooms, blue rooms, private and public rooms being
developed so people of all ages, genders, generations, cultures
and colors can speak about any topic or subject matter.
Voice technologies have so many rooms that people are literally
“talking” about anything. The areas range from how to integrate
tech into education, building a Brand for a business, Marketing
Strategies, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), building relationships,
marriage and ministry, raising children and other areas of human
Aida Correa-Jackson a member of San Jose Church of Christ and
small business owner (LoveBuilt Life, LLC) has been the moderator
of several online conferences that spanned globally. Her passion is
The Arts and how important Arts education is on a global platform
and the building of creatives and innovators that span into business,
entrepreneurialism and education.
Voice engagement is the next tech and using audio, audio is hot and
getting hotter to help people connect and it will move into ministry.
The drive to have audio discussions is growing because people
can have space to share their ideas and opinions. My Podcast
“My Quest to Teach – Digital Evangelism” is hosted on several
platforms, has built a following on a global scale.
The challenge will be that hundreds in a room cannot talk at one time,
moderators will manage the rooms where people can share
their faith and their opinions.
Moving speakers from the audience that provide expert opinions,
experiences, and backgrounds of success and growth. It is similar
to free professional development on a global scale for education and
applied to ministry.
The flexibility of speaking and audience participating and being a
moderator are clear indications of the roles people are in. Churches
of Christ ministries are realizing that their members are online and
are engaged in audio apps so must make adjustments.
The creators of social media platforms using audio is consumed while
people are doing other things around them. Driving, working out, taking
care of children, doing household chores, etc.
Church of Christ ministries can see this as a chance to increase their
content development to meet the needs of individuals, and family
members. Fathers can listen to content directly related to their interests
in ministry, mothers can focus on what projects the church will be involved
in. Youth, teens, and young adults will have their content personalized
to their needs.
The changes will allow those in ministry to increase their content
across racial, gender, generational and socio-economic lines.
Audio content can be developed easily and with less effort in formatting,
configuring and editing, it is faster than video.
Platforms like Clubhouse, Facebook and others make significant
changes in the engagement of people in education, business, sciences,
technology, ministry, economics and so many other areas.
What is to come from this only time will tell, people are quick to get
used to one type of technology and then when something else comes
along they jump on board.
Churches of Christ ministries must remain true to their mission of
reaching the lost no matter who or whom it is even with tech.
As I have said in previous blogs and on my podcast, Church of Christ
ministries need to be careful what platform or tool they are using. Not
every platform or tool is beneficial to sharing scriptures and our faith
as followers of Christ.
As members of the Body of Christ we are in this world but we should
not allow everything of this world affect us and pull us into participating
in new tech and social platforms that take us away from Christ. We can
use tech to bring us and others closer to Christ and sharing our faith.
Resources like the Christian Chronicle are important because of the
access they provide in print and on social media https://christianchronicle.org/
on Twitter https://www.twitter.com/CofCnews
This may be a challenge for Church of Christ ministries because
preaching salvation can be a tricky thing when online. The more
effective methods are combining tech tools and ministry with a voice of
love, acceptance of differences and access when the listener is ready.
Ministers, preachers, evangelists and leaders are looking at the
podcasting industry seeing it’s ability to connect and unite.
Churches need to be careful about making plans to integrate tech,
considering Church of Christ ministries are to build the Body of
Christ not to be popular. We have a mission of saving souls and
keeping souls saved not to be the top church with views, comments
and viral videos.
We are ambassadors of Christ sent to evangelize we aspire to
save souls through the study of scripture and baptism.
There should not be a misunderstanding for our mission to evangelize,
minister and make disciples of men to share the death, burial and
resurrection of Christ to save souls and keep souls saved.
William and Aida Jackson are members of the San Jose Church of
Christ in Jacksonville, Florida.
Lead minister Joel Singleton
William is the Digital Evangelist for Let The Bible Speak TV
Podcast creator of My Quest To Teach – Digital Evangelism