National Association of Christian Ministers
“This Good News about the kingdom will be spread throughout the world as a testimony to all nations. Then the end will come. (Mat 24:14 GW).
Ministry Going Global
This must have been an amazing statement to disciples who viewed salvation primarily for the Jews (Mt 10:6, 15:24). Additionally, their view of the Earth was very limited. They had never seen a globe, or an image from space, or an accurate world map. As far as they were concerned, they could reach the whole world in their lifetime. They could have never dreamed that there would be a day when people would use GPS for directions with street corner views of every turn on their path using Google.
Times are Changing for Ministers
The Bible would have been written very differently had Jesus come in the 21st century. Jesus would have approached his ministerial training differently as well. The majority of the New Testament is composed of personal letters written to people from the Bible authors. If the Bible would have been written in modern times it probably would have formed as a collection of emails, blogs, or social network status updates.
Odds are, those reading this article found themselves smiling after that last statement. A real question to consider is why people tend to smile at the thought of the disciples having Twitter and Facebook accounts. The thought of it is no more absurd than the idea that they would also travel by automobiles as opposed to camels.
Over the last 100 years technology has advanced human communication is ways the world has never before known. Technology that once drove desktop computers 15 years ago is now considered minuscule in comparison to the smartphones that fit in the palms of hands. These devices provide new methods of communication such as email, internet, and personal computer synchronization. Advancements such as these have also created new opportunities for the spreading of the Gospel and ministry training that much of the church has yet to consider.
Jesus said, “Worldly people are more clever than spiritually-minded people when it comes to dealing with others”
(Luk 16:8 GW).