In scrounging the internet for good information, we discovered a few articles to recall when serving online. When serving online, ask yourselves:
- Who are you speaking to? What country are they from? Will they understand what you mean? Read this article about Contextualization in China by Jackson Wu:
- “So, a misunderstanding exists on two levels. First, because of Christianity’s historical expansion, people believe it is a Western religion. Second, Chinese people are not accustomed to the way Christians express their faith. Christians do not engage in tomb-sweeping, paper burning, or other activities associated with idol worship. They seem to have no filial piety. To Chinese, Christians’ behavior makes the whole family lose face. On top of that, Christians appear unpatriotic when they prioritize faith over country. The overall effect is that some Chinese see Christians as a threat.” READ MORE
- Where are the people coming from online? This report from various sources, but published by Indigitious is excellent for researching online ministry and detailing your ministry plan.
- “The global average for Internet penetration is 53%, with the northern Europe region having the highest penetration (94%) and middle Africa having the lowest (12%). At the national level you’ll see an even bigger disparity, with 99% Internet penetration in Qatar and UAE, while only 0.06% of citizens of North Korea have Internet access. Internet accessibility is an important factor to consider when crafting your strategies for bringing the Gospel to every tongue, tribe, and nation.” READ MORE
- Lastly, cyber security. If you read this article, you’ll want to live like a Hobbit in the ground and generate your own electricity to stay off the grid. Since Christians weren’t meant to live comfortable and being safe was never an option if you want to love like Jesus, read this report as a caution.