by guest blogger Nick Parsons, GNPI Board Member
If you care about The Great Commission, you should care about technology. Let me explain:
A few years back, I was a member of a church planting team in Nagoya, Japan. We were attempting to share Christ and make disciples among the 2nd largest unreached people group in the world, and we quickly realized how important technology was to our task. After studying Japanese for two years, we launched a new church in the heart of urban Nagoya. One year into our church plant, we had 30-40 people attending regularly. It was modest but exciting growth.
Around that time we realized a couple important things. One was that over 75% of the people connected to our church were people we first “met” on social media networks. While we were actively reaching out to neighbors and friends, the people who were “sticking” to our church were people that we connect with online. We didn’t have a good answer to why this was, but it was an important thing to realize. Second, we learned that resources we posted online to our church’s website (sermons, video testimonies, etc.) were being watched by thousands of people across Japan. The content being produced by our tiny new church plant was being consumed by a larger number of people than could have imagined. Again, we did not understand why this was happening, but it seemed too important to ignore. Our team set out to understand how God was using technology to establish his church in Japan, and it is a journey we continue on today.
It was the question, “How can we use technology to advance church planting?” that led me to GNPI.
It was the question, “How can we use technology to advance church planting?” that led me to GNPI. I had heard of GNPI during my time as a student at Ozark, but I did not fully appreciate the ministry until I began to see how technology can be used to multiply our ministry efforts. I have loved learning about the rich history of GNPI and deeply resonate with the mission of the organization: to accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.
Recently, I was privileged to join the Board of Directors for GNPI. I am honored and excited to join the amazing work of this ministry and to continue to partner with churches, much like the church plant I helped start in Japan to help them better utilize technology for mission. As someone who cares deeply about The Great Commission and has seen technology accelerate evangelism, discipleship, and church planting–I love this organization!