Company of Media

February 10, 2010

To what extent does your church use media? Powerpoint slides for worship? An occasional email blast, link to the church website or blog? Some churches are much better than others at this. But I guess the better question; how much media does the church use to communicate to your youth?

Kaiser Permanente recently came out with the study, “Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-year-olds,” which took a look at the amount of hours spent on media for recreational purposes. Ready for a shock? The study reports that 8-18 years olds spend an average of 7 hours a day and 53 hours a week on entertainment media. That equates to more than a standard work week!

This is prime time for our churches to continue on with the media movement and meet our kids at the crossroads, where their highest needs meet up with when they are most accessible.

Paul suggests that “Bad company corrupts good character” 1 Corinthians 15:33. Is media not the M2 Generations “company?” As we know, not all media is bad, but for the most part the 100 of thousands of messages are usually revolving around how one “ought” to look, talk, act, etc. So, imagine if those 7 hours a day were spent viewing videos, content or blogs that directed each valuable life to the love, purpose and life of Jesus Christ. Romans 12:2 says “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out” (MSG).

May the church explore even further how to use the tools at hand to provide “good company” for our youths, and change them from the inside out.

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One Response to “Company of Media”

  1. benson Says:

    Great thinking it’s about time the church explores all the means available especially with the advent of internet and telecommunication in our days which am sure Jesus would have used if He came in our times to spread the gospel and to reach out to people faster.


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