Kenneth L. Brokmeier
“Hark! The voice of Jesus crying, ‘Who will go and work today? Fields are ripe and harvest waiting; Who will bear the sheaves away?’ ”
For nine years of my ministry that hymn, Christian Worship 573, was almost always sung when I was guest preaching as a recruitment director. The last line of the first stanza raises the question, “Who will answer, gladly saying, ‘Here am I—send me, send me?’ ”
Centuries before Daniel March penned those words, God asked that same question of his Old Testament prophet Isaiah. Having just seen the King, the Lord Almighty, Isaiah rightly lamented, “Woe to me! I am ruined!” But an angel touched Isaiah’s lips with a live coal, and the prophet heard the sweet gospel pronouncement that his sin had been taken away. And then God asks, “Who will go for us?” (cf. Isaiah 6:1-8).
God is still asking with that hymn, “Who will go and work today?” Technology has opened many new ways for the child of God to answer with Isaiah, “Here am I, send me,” even in our own circles.
In July, I attended the WELSTech Conference 2015. Dozens of individuals attended to both share with some and learn from others. The theme “Where Technology Meets Ministry” appropriately captured the purpose of the conference.
Those who know me verify that I’m not on the cutting edge of technology. In short I had little to share. Instead, I was hopeful my attendance would provide me with some pointers and tools for sharing Jesus by using technology. It certainly did. Statistics like each minute about three hundred hours of video is being uploaded to YouTube or the average person spends about 2.5 hours per day on social media screamed to me opportunities to share Jesus. With so many bytes of information shared, I left the conference almost with the feeling that the hard drive of my brain had reached capacity. The sheer volume of information available and distributed on the Internet is staggering. With millions connected to the World Wide Web, individual Christians and our congregations can use resources to share Jesus—often without ever leaving their homes.
We return to that hymn and sing, “If you cannot speak like angels, If you cannot preach like Paul, You can tell the love of Jesus; You can say he died for all.” The message remains Christ-crucified; however, the methods to proclaim it are numerous.
During my eight-hour drive home from the conference, my head was spinning much like a hard drive—in a good way. As I tried processing information shared by the presenters, I was forced to ask, “Where does technology meet ministry for me? Where do I start?” I suspect the first disciples had similar feelings when Jesus told them to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). The whole world? But how? The disciples began with what was familiar with them—Jerusalem.
In our world we can do the same. Technology, especially social media, can afford those who use it, including those who may not be gifted at public speaking, the opportunity to boldly and confidently proclaim Christ. With all the resources available today not only can you say, “Christ lived and died and rose for you,” but you can also text it, like it, broadcast it, and forward it.
“Let none hear you idly saying, ‘There is nothing I can do.’ ”
Contributing editor Ken Brokmeier is pastor at Our Savior, Brookings, South Dakota.
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Author: Kenneth L. Brokmeier
Volume 102, Number 10
Issue: October 2015
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