The New

In about 2 weeks, North County will launch it's new web site at Our hope is the that, with time, it becomes a storehouse of spiritual resources. There will be a lot of obvious improvements – style, navigation, etc., but one that will be obvious right away is the new media channel…which will have archives of all messages preached at North County in both audio and video (the latter will take a bit of time)…with a sleek navigation system in the likeness of ITunes. What you see is one rough draft of the front page. It won't look just like this…but something close.

In addition, we hope to have some creative ways of making the site a port of entry for people both into the church and into the beginning of a walk with Christ.

In my opinion, most Churches of Christ spend FAR too little (if any) energy and resources on technology and graphic arts that can make a real difference in the church's ability to both connect with younger generations and seriously impact all generations. There will be other posts on this subject in the days ahead. We've been working really hard on this at NCCC, and will continue to do so in the months and years ahead.

I'd be curious to know what some of your churches are doing to raise the bar in this area. Do you find it hard to get your church to pay attention to things like technology and graphic arts?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. This has nothing to do with your post, but this is the only way I know to email you. I know that I am a nobody, but I wanted you to know that are more than a few people at Highland Oaks that really miss you. You gave us some of the most inspired and moving sermons that I have heard from ANY gospel preacher, and I have heard them all. I told someone I was reading your posts and now every Sunday someone asks for your blog info. I just wanted you to know you are missed.

  2. It seems to me that one of the things that technology is doing is making whatever network a person is involved with…twitter, fb, etc., a constant reality…updated on a real-time basis. Lots of inputs and potential outputs. The danger is that relationships and involvement only reach the Twitter level. The pluses are far greater for churches willing to embrace it. There are churches where they even let people Twitter feedback and questions pertaining to the sermon on a real-time basis. The preacher then engages the questions, etc., in about 5 minutes at the end. I dabbled with this a bit at HOCC during the Revelation series…reading one question a week and answering it from the pulpit each week. A safer approach.

  3. Tim –
    I concur. Good post. We too are unveiling a new web site in the next three weeks. Here are three really good resources that have blessed us the last few years at The Branch.
    1. “truthcasting” which does our video of messages via the web
    2. “unifyer” – a connecting and communication tool for folks within your church – recently released in last year –
    3. Fellowship One – a web-based information and data management system for your staff, elders, and core leaders. Probably the best tool for a church serious about doing community through small groups across a metro area.
    Thanks for your post and I’ve got to know – how did you get to play golf with Tiger?
    Grace and Peace,

  4. Good post Tim. I agree with you and feel very strongly about this – it’s an admitted generational thing, but it’s there and we need to use technology for the church’s benefit. I do find it hard to get our church to pay attention to things like technology and graphic arts. And sadly, while we have a website, most of our members and elders feel that just having a website is enough – never mind that it looks archaic and is often outdated. Our teens and twenty-somethings are texting, twittering, facebooking and so on. There are some great examples of churches out there using technology with great success, Mars Hill in Seattle, Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, Shepherd of the Hills in Porter Ranch, and Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul. This is something where I’d love to see Churches of Christ break new ground. There are some great examples of spiritual communities online and granted technology can run the risk of providing a false sense of community, when used properly it can be an amazing resource. I probably listen to 4 sermons a week through podcasting which has greatly helped my own spiritual life. Reading Christian blogs and contributing to Christian discussion groups online has me thinking about the kingdom of God on a regular basis and in a very real way.

  5. We’ve finally taken the task of, as you said, “connecting with the younger generations and seriously impacting all generations” to heart and have decided to do whatever it takes. For us, we’re stepping away from a cappella music and towards music that is more culturally relevant. I can’t remember any a cappella song that made it big on the charts. We’re stepping away from the denominational overtones and baggage of the cofc. We’re stepping towards a more high tech, media savvy presentation style and web presence. We’re stepping away from being building dependent and are really trying to focus first and foremost on people and spiritual health, meeting in a rented banquet facility as we make this transition. Facilities are important, but for many, and for us, they have taken priority over people. We’re going to try to fix that before we plunk a bunch of money down for another building.
    I guess you can say we’ve decided to let culture dictate our approach and let Christ dictate our message.
    It is the most exciting time for me in my 18 years of ministry!
    I’m interested in the media browser you were talking about. Where could I find out about that?