In a world that is constantly striving to produce the next technological breakthrough, children are being exposed to more and more technology at an earlier age. Because of this, children’s ministries are in a stand off- High-Tech or High-Touch. High-Tech can be things such as TV’s, lighting, audio systems, etc. When you think of what describes High-Touch, think crafts, flannel graphs, and sitting in a circle on a rug. So which is best? When should you use them? Here are my thoughts.
High-Tech should be used in large group settings. In this environment, the high-tech approach makes it somewhat easier to keep the attention of the children. During a large group setting it is difficult to use high-touch methods anyway. Technology makes the large area attractive and captures their senses. However, technology should never replace a live teacher. Let me repeat that. Technology should NEVER replace a live teacher. We should not allow videos and slideshows to do all the teaching for us. These high-tech strategies should only be used as a teaching aid. When used properly, High-Tech devices can be great additions to any type of children’s ministry.
High-Touch should be used in small group settings. Since this is more of a one-on-one time, a less technological approach should be used. This will allow relationships to be formed, and bonds of trust to be made between the students and the teacher. High-Touch also causes teachers and students to communicate on a more personal level. Students will feel loved, cared for, and important.
When used together, both High-Tech and High-Touch can have profound impacts on how we reach children. When interacting with children, High-Touch should be preferred over High-Tech, but we should always strive to be relevant in our methodology.