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"Today we're awash in automated Bible video games, pastoral care software program, and church administration platforms with individuals' own info and giving records," become aware of authors Spiegel, Armstrong, and invoice, yet "too frequently we blindly settle for and use know-how with out asking the large questions. Questions like, is it acceptable to our project and ministry?" forty Days and forty Bytes might help your congregation discover know-how so that you can make a decision, from a ministry and tradition point of view, what you must do. The aim: godly service—not technological glitz. The authors are uniquely certified that will help you take into consideration the position of expertise on your congregation. All 3 are employees participants with the Indianapolis middle for Congregations, which introduced the leading edge pcs and Ministry supplies Initiative in 1998 to aid congregations tackle the demanding situations they face whilst utilizing desktop know-how of their ministries. during this e-book, they percentage what they've got discovered of their paintings with 102...

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Look at me, 38, living in a Methodist parson-age and driving a Dart. Look who’s Mr. Out-of-It now. There is the fabulous, brave new world of computers and here is the church. There is Columbus launching out into unexplored territory and here I am, staying home, perfecting the Gregorian chant. But that was yesterday. You’ve heard of the electronic church. Well, I now serve the first microchip church. While other pastors are sipping coffee at Ministerial Association meetings and visiting nursing homes, I have been quietly putting together a computerized ministry conglomerate.

Cultural consciousness of computers is recent. It has been only in the last 20 years that most Americans even saw a computer. The few that we saw up to that time were those that were staples of science-fiction movies—scary devices that ran amok, like Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not long ago computers filled entire rooms and overheated so much that they actually caught on fire. Nobody ever thought that computer technology would be where it is today. Now there is no escaping it. The car we drive to the supermarket is full of computer chips.

We were wrong. We had to design it ourselves—so we did. Aaron and Nancy were the two primary developers of CMGI. They did so based on their expertise in technology and congregations. That expertise continues today. Aaron’s work for the Center includes resource consulting with area congregations on better use of technology in enhancing congregational effectiveness and efficiency. He also manages the Center’s in-house technology systems and various database and information systems projects. Since 1983, he has operated ARS Productions, a consulting firm specializing in technology solutions for congregations, nonprofit institutions, and businesses.

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