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(Mike Schreiner) Got a
couple of questions here. “We prayed here on Good Friday
and were spared here in Lake St. Louis, does
that mean that people
in Joplin didn’t pray?” (narrator) At Morning Star
Church in O’Fallon, Missouri, social media drives
the sermon topic. The congregation is
encouraged to text concerns or questions during worship. Today’s theme: “There’s an App
for that – the Storms of Life.” (Mike Schreiner) What do I say
to Christian friends who store up food and water in
fear of the end times? (narrator) The texts
come in anonymously. They are screened and shown to
pastor Mike Schreiner onstage. (Chase Bascio) Today I texted,
“If it says in the Bible that nobody knows when
Jesus will return, why do people keep trying to
predict the return of Jesus?” (Mike Schreiner) I guess one
of the most memorable questions that I’ve had dealt with a woman
who had had an abortion who wondered how God felt about
her and that and judgment. And so, what I didn’t expect,
was that texting, honestly is an incredible opportunity
to do pastoral care. (Mitch Aldridge) We’ve
seen everything from, “Did Pastor Mike
forget to shave?” to things from John
Wesley’s theology. (narrator) The goal of this
United Methodist church is to help the roughly 2200
people in the pews feel a personal connection with
God and one another. (Mitch Aldridge) It helps to
keep a large church small. (Crystal Orf) They can feel
like they’re part of it. You know, they’re not just
slipping in and slipping out. They are becoming part
of the message series. (Caroline Pugh) I think it
shows we have a really open atmosphere at Morning Star. It makes me feel
more comfortable. (Chase Bascio) You
know, 95% of the time, a teenager has their
phone in their hand. So, if they’re in church,
and they’re being told, “Use your phone’ a lot of
teens are going to like that.” It’s not uncommon to see
half the people in here with their phones out. (Jessie Hamilton) Even
if you don’t text in, or have never done it before,
or don’t plan on doing it, it just kind of feels
like you’re welcome there and you’re free to
ask any questions. (Mike Schreiner) We talk
about churches that say, “Hey, your questions
are welcome here.” We never really give people
the forum to do that. So, the whole texting is a way of bringing your questions. Small groups is a way of bringing your questions, and have just kind of real
time answers. it’s not having the seminary professer
answer, it’s not that, the commentary answer, it’s kind of the answer that, kind of like Jesus, how he
did the Sermon on the Mount. ♪ [intro music] ♪ (Heather) Hi, my
name is Heather and I have just a few
reminders for you… (narrator) Videos, graphics,
hi-definition cameras and screens create an
interactive experience that resonates with all ages. (Jessie Hamilton) It gives us
a better way to relate than just hearing. We’re very visual, and it
really makes it come to life. (Crystal Orf) I’m a 20-something
and it definitely brings the youth with the older people
and middle-aged people. And I’m okay with asking
anyone of any age to come check out
my church and I know they’re
going to love it.

Posted by Lewis Heart

This article has 4 comments

  1. speaking of, our associate pastor uses a bible app instead of the real thing and THAT drives my grandfather up a wall! I don't mind!


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