Churches today rely heavily on the latest technology. After all, technology enables your church to easily reach people with gospel-centered messages, streamline your communication, and automate your operations. That’s why most churches have adopted digital tools! For example:
While these tools are useful, they’re made by Big Tech companies that mute, censor, and deplatform Christian ministries and leaders on a regular basis. Your church may have experienced these types of interruptions directly, or have heard about other churches who have been affected by religious censorship.
That’s why we created the following “Church Technology Audit” to help you evaluate how Big Tech may be limiting your church in ways you may have not heard of or even thought about. Let’s take a look!
If your church is like the majority of other churches, you’re probably using social media tools like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. However, there are many ways that your social media content can be muted, censored, or otherwise limited in its effectiveness, such as:
Some church members may remember when their church had a “tape ministry” that provided sermon recordings on cassettes, CDs, or DVDs. Today, worship services can easily be live streamed or recorded with nearly any smartphone or digital camera straight to websites like YouTube or Vimeo.
Simple? Yes. Perfect? No. Similar to social media, churches that upload videos to content delivery networks like YouTube or TikTok also carry the risk of censorship along with other moderation that can limit your church’s reach and impact. For example:
Your church’s website is your front door to the world. It’s where people go to learn more about your church before ever visiting in person. Your website is also the place to showcase your church’s unique mission, values, and culture.
However, most website hosting platforms are owned and run by Big Tech companies, and some of those have been in the news for shutting down websites that hold different worldviews. So, if your church’s values and content don’t align with theirs, you may be at risk for having your website shut down.
Note: You can check if Google is blocking your church website by visiting Google’s Safe Browsing site and entering your website address.
You may have seen Big Tech donation platforms, such as PayPal and GoFundMe, make headlines for blocking nonprofits and Christian groups from receiving donations because of their different viewpoints.
If your church uses one of these Big Tech payment platforms for receiving your tithes and offerings, consider switching to a platform that respects your church’s religious freedom.
It’s always a good practice to review your church’s tools and how they impact your church. No church expects to be censored. What would your church do if your website was deleted, your videos were blocked, or your social media accounts were suddenly banned? This might sound alarmist, but churches, ministries, and Christian leaders face regular censorship and deplatforming by Big Tech companies.
Your church needs a platform that respects religious liberty. You shouldn’t need to self-censor your content to match Big Tech values in order to use their platforms.
Subsplash supports religious liberty by providing churches with a platform that allows them to freely express themselves, share the gospel, and build disciples with all the tools they need, including:
Whether you’re looking to replace all or some of your Big Tech tools, Subsplash is the ministry partner that will help you better reach, engage, and grow your congregation.
Schedule your demo today and learn how Subsplash puts partnerships over profit.