That's the theme of this year's conference. But why was it chosen? To answer that question, allow us to employ a surfing analogy.
Surfing is far from a passive experience. It requires complete engagement of mind and body to attempt to get up on a wave and ride it into shore. Your reward for all that hard work is an exhilarating experience - a thrill ride only nature can provide! Yet many who come to the beach never venture into the water. They don't even wade, let alone surf.
A parallel can be made with serving God and becoming engaged in the life of the church. Many sit in the pews as if under a beach umbrella, soaking up the environment and observing the few who lead and serve. As church leaders, it is both our opportunity and our responsibility to build the wave of engagement! We must passionately model a life of service and then invite others to get "on board.”
The Apostle Paul declared in Romans 12, "For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them...." But getting that one body to actually develop and utilize those different gifts can be quite a challenge!
Technology can be a powerful tool in the hands of church staff to communicate with and organize parishioners for the ministry of the church. By better understanding how to leverage technology, church staff and leaders can facilitate a community that is using the various gifts, thereby becoming more deeply engaged in loving and serving one another and being a blessing to their community.
Our hope is that this year's ParishSOFT Conference will further assist church clergy, leadership and staff in developing the technological aptitude to lead engaged churches.
The mission of ParishSOFT is to see people connected to the Church and her Lord, Jesus Christ. That's why we create products that help people catch the wave of what God is doing in and through His Church in the 21st century.