Pastor, Can You Handle the New Information Age?

informationoverload.jpgBut thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

– Daniel 12:4

The flow of information never stops for the Rev. Dr. Todd Adams, the associate general minister and vice president in the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
He fields up to 150 emails a day. He spends afternoons trading text messages about the church’s strategic plans. And he once tuned in to a conference call via cellphone while cutting the grass.
On a recent night, he and his wife had climbed into bed to watch TV when he heard the telltale ping of his cellphone from across the room.
He hopped out of bed, retrieved an email, fired up his laptop, and went to work responding.
It was past 9:30 p.m.
“It’s like an addiction,” Adams said. “I’m so driven by the customer service component of what our office is supposed to provide that I want them to have an immediate response.
“I am a digital media boundary failure,” he added, with a laugh.
His experience isn’t unique, and it raises questions for leaders of Christian institutions: Is it possible to serve the church’s mission and still give your mind, body and soul a much-needed break from the seemingly unending flow of information?
Can you be an effective, responsive leader without being plugged in all the time?
Source: Managing Your Church Blog | Edie Gross

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