My special guest this podcast episode is Don Moen, noted worship leader and artist. After innovating during the launch of the praise and worship movement of the late 1980s, Don is innovating still today with his DonMoenProject.com on kickstarter.com. Hear his inspiring story.
Then there is a roundtable with two innovative Internet church pastors. Tony Steward of LIfeChurch.tv in Oklahoma and Vince Marotte of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas as well technology thinker and Worship Leader Magazine online guru DJ Chuang. We talk about the fears and opportunities of online technology in worship.
Technology has taken out the middleman. Now the gatekeepers do not have control. Good ideas and products can take off. Some see this as a good thing, but in ministry change is not easy. Tech has always had implications for faith. The Roman’s had hi-tech roads for their day that allowed the gospel to be spread along with move of troops and commerce. The late 20th Century saw our modern freeways create the mega-church where thousands could worship in one spot.
The Gutenberg printing press gave the Bible in the hands of the masses and caused the Reformation. Today, iPods can have the Bible on them in several languages. We can stream worship to places all over the world. People can create, work and share online globally. And, we can worship that way, too. But, is this a good thing. Should these new tools cause fear? Or, are these innovations opportunities to embrace?