STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (BRN) — Technology is a useful tool for spreading the message of Christ, enabling creators and users to connect across continents, cultures, or even in their own backyards.
The use of cameras and the internet can also act as a church’s virtual front door, introducing online visitors to a fellowship.
Such is the case for Pastor Joel Vint and Wellspring Church in State College, Pennsylvania. This online gateway is how visitors make decision to visit the church in person.
Vint recently acquired a new camera, purchased with the assistance of a BRN Evangelism grant, for the benefit of Wellspring’s online members and attenders, to improve their virtual worship experience.
The church is also using the equipment to document the transformative spiritual journeys of its members. The moving testimonies of six baptismal candidates, who are also college students, were recently recorded and shared during an Easter Sunday baptism service and on Facebook.
“We filmed and posted the testimonies because we wanted to capture the stories that God is doing so that the people at both of our services could hear them and that people in our church and in community could hear them as we shared it online,” said Vint. The video was so moving that the father of one of the students, who isn’t a Christian, sent a handwritten note to Vint expressing his appreciation for the Easter message and the “peace and love” that his daughter has found at Wellspring.
Having a camera helps Wellspring to fulfill the Great Commission as they, “go and make disciples where people are…online more than ever…not just where we’ve always known them to be…in person,” said Vint. It is to God’s glory and his renown that they are using this technology.
Something as simple as a camera will allow Wellspring to effectively reach so many beyond Sunday and the church building.
Every four minutes a Pennsylvanian or New Jerseyan dies without Christ.* How are you reaching those who do know Christ beyond Sunday morning or your church building?
*This statistic is based on a conservative national average of 85% lostness and current vital statistics from the PA and NJ Departments of Health.
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