Church, a Technology Leader

18 September 2019

Recently, our Hillsong Technology CEO Rob Beach was interviewed at Hillsong Conference Sydney backstage and he got to share the journey of Hillsong Tech and what’s ahead.

During his interview he mentioned that he had recently been on a panel with a theologian who had spoken about how the Church had in centuries past led the way when it came to the usage of technology to spread the message of the gospel.

Rob mentioned two particular moments where that was evident:

1. Usage of papyrus

The earliest biblical texts were written on scrolls made from papyrus (a plant-based paper) and it is likely that all biblical books were initially written on scrolls. The exact period where the initial writings occurred is debated by international scholars, but what is certain is that the people of God were among the first communities to utilise and lead the way in the usage of papyrus to communicate and further its cause.

2. Gutenberg press

The Bible was among the first printed works on the Gutenberg press and help lead the way of the printing revolution across Europe and the West from 1450AD onwards. Once again, the Church was among the pioneers of this new, revolutionary technology.

After saying this, Rob paused, and made a bold declaration, referring to pioneering technology:

“We want to put the Church back in that space!”
Rob Beach

It was an inspiring moment, that we believe will bear much fruit in the future.

How do you think the Church can lead a technology/communication revolution in the coming decades?

– Hillsong Technology team