Make no mistake about it, with the formation of the internet and social media we are living in one of the greatest communication shifts in the last 500 years. And with the creation of the cell phone, we are experiencing probably the most behavior-changing invention in human history.
Some will argue that not even the invention of the car/automobile compares to the creation of the cell phone. This little electronic device, like it or not, has changed the way humans behave. The way we interact with one another, the way we shop, the way we communicate, the way we get our news, our recreation, our education, our banking, and the list goes on and on has all been altered by this technology. Digital has simply shifted so much about the world.
So how do we as the church move in a society that is traveling at the speed of light? How do we continue to minister and make an impact on a world that is nothing like anything we've experienced before. The way people interact and relate today is far different than what has been in the past. Therefore, it may take more skill to reach people for God today.
Let's take a look at how Jesus began gathering his disciples and perhaps we can find some pointers on how to disciple in a digital age. We see from Christ's encounter with Simon and Andrew that if we engage in connection, elicit transformation, and exchange profit for purpose then we have a chance at reaching so many others in this digital age we live in. As the church continues to exist we have to employ different methods to make a difference.