Author: Steve Hewitt
Review by David Voth
Windows PCs in the Ministry is one of two books that I recently bought and read from the new Nelson’s Tech Guides series. The other book I read was Macs in the Ministry.
The book begins with a chapter with presenting the connection between using technology and ministry for discipleship, evangelism, fellowship, worship and service. The rest of the book looks at topics such as worship presentation software, websites and social media, Bible software and making use of audio and video podcasts for ministry.
The book is presented in a way that emphasizes the fact that we are living in a “personal communication age” as Steve Hewitt calls it. He also encourages the use of technology for evangelism, such as creating websites that will be inviting to people.
The book has a lot of information regarding the internet and social media and so this will be useful to people whether you have a PC or a Mac. Information and discussion regarding tools, such as using Facebook and MySpace in a safe manner are presented. There is also an extensive chapter on websites for churches, some of the purposes you might use it for and services available for creating them, both programs for churches as well as a couple free content management system options.
The book is challenging in its approach to churches that they be aware and make use of the new means of communication that people have available to them. Though sometimes I think he overemphasizes the importance of technology and its role in the church as a solution to problems.
This book will be of interest to church leaders that are needing to find out more information about what some of the possibilities are available with today’s technology and for Christians with technical skills and how they can make use of them.