Barna Research Points to Opportunities for Churches to Address Technology

families churches technologyAccording to a new research study conducted by The Barna Group, many parents and teens are interested in receiving guidance from their churches concerning media and technology, yet few churches are addressing these issues.

The summary of the study reports,

Most parents and tweens/teens have not heard any kind of teaching in a church, religious setting, or public forum (like a school) about how families can best use media, entertainment or technology.

Yet the report goes on to say,

When asked if they would be open to one version of such training—“a Christian or faith-based perspective about how to be a good user of entertainment and technology without letting things negatively impact your family relationships”—about two-fifths of parents (42%) and one-third of tweens and teens (33%) expressed interest.

You can read the full report here.

This looks like a clear opportunity that churches are currently missing. It also looks like like an area where churches could use some encouragement, guidance and resources.  This could very well turn into a series of posts based on your feedback and ideas. So, let’s talk about how churches are or could be addressing issues related to technology…

  1. Do you think churches have a responsibility to provide biblical guidance about technology to parents and teens?
  2. How is your church doing when it comes to providing that guidance?
  3. What suggestions would you give church leaders who want to provide guidance on technology issues?

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

6 Responses to “Barna Research Points to Opportunities for Churches to Address Technology”

  1. RE: Do you think churches have a responsibility to provide biblical guidance about technology to parents and teens?

    Absolutely! If it is not already a priority, make it one!! It may be hard to imagine, but the changes brought about by digital technology are only going to accelerate.

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