iCollegiate

I don’t know what it will mean to college ministry, but it’s not insignificant that iPhones are a big deal for the students we serve.

I continue to be surprised by the people I find owning and rather nonchalantly using them: high school students, “poor” college students, my Jr. High Minister friend, even a British gal at our Family Thanksgiving. I shouldn’t be surprised, though. iPhones are becoming kinda the norm, if you can believe it. They are the TOP-selling phone nowadays, displacing those very prevalent RAZRs in that spot. Wowzers.

And the iPhone means Internet all the time. Customization to the hilt. Always-available audio. GPS wherever, whenever. Communication and collaboration like never before, with friends and strangers. Et cetera.

Again, I don’t know what iPhones and similar smartphones mean for college ministry, but I’ve got to figure they might mean something. And since I traded my own several-years-old RAZR for a brand-spankin’-new iPhone yesterday, I’m officially on the lookout for those somethings.

2 Comments

  1. It means more of the same – faster communication, faster texting, faster linking to content, and faster updates to Twitter.

    Nothing new. Just more of the same.

    The problem is that “the same” is an area that ministries tend to be slow to adapt to. Christian ministers are not known for leading the way in utilizing popular technology. And the proliferation of iPhones should eliminate every minister’s last excuse to…

    … not daily check email
    … not regularly update the ministry’s website
    … not engage students with social media

    What about you? Do you see a deficiency in the way we use technology in campus ministry?

  2. Yeah, I think I do. College ministers are probably further along than many other ministers, though, so that helps.

    It all seems like one more GREAT opportunity to connect students’ talents with the work of the Kingdom. Finding a college student to be Technology Minister shouldn’t be too hard.

    On the other hand, another big temptation for college ministers is doing too much with tech – I have that temptation myself. Sometimes the benefits of a technology aren’t worth the immense amount of time, risk (of something going wrong), requirements for keeping it up, etc. We don’t ALWAYS need a PowerPoint for our message. For example. :)

    So… an opportunity for saying No to some very good (or very cool) things, when they’re not The Best.

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