First United Church of Google?


The other day I had a random thought: I wish google was a church. It’s clever. It’s cute. It’s useful. It adapts to meet needs. Sure, google plus isn’t living up to the hype but it was a really great idea. The layout and usefulness of it would be insanely helpful if people could switch from facebook.

I trust google. I know there have been concerns with privacy and whatnot, but I choose to trust it. I suppose if it listed every google search I’ve ever made, I’d be uncomfortable and maybe blush. But I trust that if I ask the right questions, google will give me enough information and leave choices and opinions up to me.

Google is relevant. The daily pictures are innovative and mark important calendar items. Can you imagine if the church was like that? If we could click on a picture of Martin Luther on Reformation Day and have a cute illustration to play with of nailing paper to door. Or if our church appeared on fire during Pentecost? Or if it looked like a gust of wind was making the parts of church swirl around because of the Holy Spirit?

Here’s my untested hypothesis: I think church is growing less popular because it’s not as useful or relevant as it could be. We’re not innovative. We’re not helpful. We’re not collaborating enough. We’re responding instead of creating.

I’m dreaming through this. I will return and explore this idea more… “If church could be more like google, what would that be like?”

About SaraBSutter

I serve as the pastor of United Presbyterian Church in Goldfield, Iowa. My husband Steve and I are excited to be in a friendly small town and look forward to the years ahead. In addition to nerdy church stuff, I love reading books, writing, good coffee, cats, and football.

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