The African American Fellowship of Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware sponsored a very informative workshop on the internet’s pitfalls and opportunities. Eleven pastors met to network, share insights, and learn more about the church’s role regarding the internet. The event was hosted on July 15 at Solid Rock Baptist Church of New Castle, Delaware. Hosting Pastor was Reverend Wendell Hall.
Highlighted were the benefits and dangers of the internet and emerging technologies involving artificial intelligence. The presenter, Rev. Dennis Marshall propsed two positions the church should take – Defense and Offense. Defensively, the church should help train members on safety protocol regarding personal identity and personal safety. Offensively, the church should flood the internet with LIGHT [the Gospel and Christian values].
Rev. Marshall also provided examples of training that could be offered related to email, text messaging, social media platforms, and more. He recommended denominations form a network of Christian technical experts to help churches stay informed, armed, and supported. The intent is to help Believers maximize impact when using the internet. Also, how to best leverage technology that is evolving at a lightning pace. This recommendation can help fill a critical void whereas, no one appears to be teaching the church how to navigate the internet safely while harnessing its power.
Finally, he agreed to post a video recording of his presentation so others may access this information, likely in the month of August.