The greatest church tool
Ryan Hayden • October 17, 2019how-to Bible philosophy
At this point, I've been in the ministry for fifteen years, with more than half of those serving as the lead pastor at a smaller church. During this time, I've also moonlighted as a web developer making software tools both for ChurchTools.co and for other established companies in the church software space. I feel like this has given me a fairly unique perspective on how churches and pastors are thinking.
I think that we pastors have a blind spot.
We are always thinking about the next tool, app, or method that will make our ministries "blow up" or that will take us to "the next level." Pastors, have shiny new object syndrome and they have it bad. Of course, church marketers and entrepreneurs have hooked into this tendency and created a massive multi-million dollar industry.
But what if God has already given us the greatest app ever, and we've been ignoring it while chasing after shiny new objects? What if, right under our noses we've had the most powerful church tool ever and it's been collecting dust as we chase a never ending stream of ".co"s, ".com"s, and ".church"s?
I'm talking, of course, about the Bible.
2 Peter 1:2-4 are very important verses. The Bible says in verses 2-3:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Did you catch what that says? It says that God has given us everything we need to live a godly life. "All things that pertain unto life and godliness". We've already been given it.
How? Where? What app do we need to download, what podcast do we need to subscribe to? What conference do we need to attend?
It says we've been given it through the knowledge of Him. How do we get the knowledge of Him? Verse 4 tells us:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Put plainly...God's given us everything we need to live the Christian life in His Word.
God's word can feed us like bread. (Matthew 4:4) Cut us right to the bone. It's alive and powerful. (Hebrews 4:12) It has the ability to bring us to salvation (2 Timothy 3:15) and then to bring us to Christian perfection (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It truly is the greatest church tool ever made.
I'm all for using technology in the ministry. I'm all for making things look nice and for getting together to share ideas. But I think we have to be very careful that we don't forget that God's been doing His work just fine without our clever little apps and insightful blogs for a long time.
The truth is, by any human standpoint, I'm a pretty mediocre pastor. I don't have an exciting personality. I haven't lead our church in huge building plans or giant missions programs. I'm not the most captivating speaker. But if there is one thing that has really helped me as a pastor its been my faith that it's not about me, it's about God's word doing a work through God's people.