How embracing technology can take your ministry to the next level

Moving onIt’s no secret we live in the information age. The entire world is literally at our finger tips now. And yet many people are hesitant to embrace technology. I suspect though, that it’s not  as much about fear as it is about that unwillingness we all have to embrace change. After all, doing something new comes with learning, and fumbling, and reading, and time spent having to think- all of which many of us have “switched off” by the time we’re around 30 or so, in favor of our nice, normal, comfortable lives.

But what if I told you that embracing technology is all a part of God’s plan? Have you ever thought of that? Sure it is. It HAS to be. Remember this scripture?

Matthew 24:14

14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

I don’t think anyone would argue against the fact that it’s happening right now, and technology is a huge part of what’s making it possible. But what about YOUR message. YOUR ministry. What about what God put inside of YOU? The same technology that is right now sending the Gospel to all parts of the world has been made available for you to use to take your ministry to the next level. That means your singing. Your playing. Your teaching. Your coaching. Your encouraging words. Whatever that gift is that God has given you to bless others. We all have one, some more than one. And we all have them for a purpose

There’s no reason not to take advantage of every tool and resource God has made available to you in order to take your ministry to the next level. And now that we’re in the 21st Century, the time has come to stop resisting change and embrace this new technology that God is using to reach all parts of the world.

Did you know for example, that you can you get one-on-one coaching with me from anywhere in the country? Did you know that we can do live, face-to-face coaching via video, in real time via Skype? Oh, I see. You don’t know anything about Skype and don’t want to have to download something (even if it’s free). And you don’t have a webcam or a microphone so you don’t want the hassle and expense ($50 or less for both) of buying them and setting them up. I understand.

Well would it surprise you to know that you can also do it right from your Facebook profile? YES!! Still don’t trust it? Well, do you trust your cell phone? Because guess what, in the age we live in now, you can make calls all over the country without any long distance charges. So you can even take a lesson with me by phone! I’ve done it myself several times when I studied with a vocal coach out of California.

And the great thing is, there’s no need to stop with just voice lessons. As I type this there is a church music department preparing to install a web cam in their sanctuary so they can do a live praise team workshop with me over the internet. Another long-time reader is planning to take a lesson with me via phone. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve studied with me already, via my free video vocal training course. Still others have been taking vocal lessons with me for months in my new home study vocal training program Vocal Ministry Breakthough. The possibilities are endless now.

In the 21st Century you can study almost anything you want with anyone you want from anywhere you want. Think of the freedom that gives you. Think of the incredible levels of access you now have. God has literally erased all boundaries and limitations to you having everything you’ve been praying about for your ministry. It’s time you open up your heart and mind and start embracing all of the great and wonderful things God has put in place to get to us everything our heart has desired. It’s time to, as Kirk Franklin said, “Get Up And Live!”

  Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:19

 

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11 Responses to How embracing technology can take your ministry to the next level

  1. alyce says:

    I love the possibilities, and for the scriptures you included. Used to be for “each one to reach one” was a person to person thing. That can now be accomplished so many different ways. Even better when its to the glory of God!

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  3. denny hagel says:

    I think there is good and bad in everything…I find that most people who are resistant to technology are operating out of fear of the ‘bad’ rather than being open to embrace the ‘good’! Great article! Thanks for shedding light on this topic!

  4. I can just imagine Jesus using Facebook and Skype… why not? It’s where people congregate, more so than in churches.

    I was thinking about you today, as well, Ron… and I wonder if you might consider using videos to demonstrate your musical exercises and lessons?

    • Ron Cross says:

      Hey Susan, actually I already do! In fact I have a free 5 day video vocal training course that I give away free on my website. The sign up box is in the upper right hand corner of this and every page on my site. It gets great feedback!

  5. Claudia Looi says:

    Definitely in God’s plan. That’s the only way to reach the Gospel to the ends of the earth quickly and economically. Imagine the YouVersion Online Bible is available throughout the earth with one touch of a button and with internet. Not to mention, the many languages available. Great article Ron.

    • Ron Cross says:

      I know Claudia, I use that bible myself and it’s really amazing what’s available in the palm of your hand now. Just another example of how technology is helping send the gospel to every corner of the world.

  6. Jenny Shain says:

    “But what if I told you that embracing technology is all a part of God’s plan?” This is a really interesting thought. We can use all things God gives us as tools to further His Kingdom! Awesome!

  7. Isn’t technology just so cool?! I recently went to a business conference in which one of the speakers came up to the platform, hooked in a few wires and was up and running with his presentation on the big screen. His first sentence was, “Isn’t it just cool that I can take my ipad and iphone anywhere in the world and conduct business… just by simply plugging things in and turning my iphone into my remote.” SO cool! And to think that every industry, even music ministry, benefits ~ WOW!

  8. Matthew Reed says:

    It can seem exhausting to keep up with all the technology needed to continue growing our skills. Obviously a coach can be a big help with this.

  9. Olga Hermans says:

    wow Ron, that came right from your heart…it is so true that we have to step out of our comfort zone and explore technology. I myself, am so glad that my children challenged me in this and here I am sitting online. I have friends who don’t go online and do all the wonderful things to connect with other people all over the world…I enjoy it and I know for sure that if I had singing abilities, I would love to connect with you any way possible!

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