The Pitfalls of Technology: What You Need to Know

Technology is continuously changing the way we live—and mostly for the better.

We no longer have to go to the bank and wait in line to make deposits or withdraw money. We have access to people at almost any time through our cellphones and email. We can find and catch up with old friends through social media sites. And these examples barely scrape the surface. With every passing year, new technologies come along and our methods of doing things shift accordingly. Technology makes us better connected and more productive and helps us in ministry. But it has drawbacks.

With every passing year, new technologies come along and our methods of doing things shift accordingly. Click To Tweet

Many average pastors get into trouble, losing precious time and energy because they find themselves ensnared by the more dangerous aspects of our new, technology-driven world. Renegade pastors, on the other hand, acknowledge that technology is just a tool—something to be used for our benefit and God’s glory.

God can and does use technology to accomplish tremendous good in the world. For example, I have been able to coach thousands of pastors and church leaders, helping them reach their God-given potential, largely because of advancements in technology. But it is easy to get off-track in this technological age. There’s always a temptation to use technology in unproductive and even damaging ways.

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Following are a few of the downsides of too much technology:

  • Isolation. Since it is so easy to connect with people using text, email, and social media, you may find yourself neglecting personal interaction. God has called you to be out among the world. Despite technology, many interactions require a human, in-person touch.
  • Wasted time. Have you ever opened social media with the intention of taking a quick look at what’s going on, only to find yourself still scrolling and reading an hour later? While you can use those social media outlets for good—including the spread of the gospel—they can also eat away valuable time you will never get back.
  • Diminished physical fitness. Sadly, obesity is the new normal in America—and Christians are one of the heaviest demographics. As I detail in my book The Healthy Renegade Pastor, poor physical health, far from honoring God, limits your ability to fulfill the purposes he put you on this earth to fulfill. Thanks largely to technology, people are becoming more sedentary than ever. God wants you and me to model a healthy, active lifestyle—and there are technologies out there that can help with that if we will utilize them.
  • Temptation. Pornography is a huge problem among Christians—even pastors. And it’s available on any of our connected devices. Along with this, social media makes it easier than ever to connect with old romantic interests, potentially renewing relationships that shouldn’t be rekindled. All of this can spell disaster for Christian leaders not on their guard.
  • Loss of reputation. This can happen in many ways: an inappropriate post, a shared link that shouldn’t have been shared, or even too many overtly political posts. Any of these actions can cause people to judge you in a negative light and possibly develop an undesirable view of your ministry.
  • Stress. In many ways, technology can ease the stress in your life. But the fact that you are always connected can also mean that you don’t have the downtime you need. True rest requires some disconnection.

– Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman

The above excerpt is from pgs. 189-191 of The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Time Management. 

Time is your most important God-given resource no matter how hard you work, you can’t make a day last longer than twenty-four hours. By mastering a set of proven time-management principles, you can regain control of your life. It is possible to manage your time so that you can stay on top of the never-ending demands of being a pastor, nurture your congregation, spend quality time with your family, and take care of your physical and emotional needs. Become the pastor God has called you to be.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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