Chestly Lunday Flow Over Fear

How Technology is Changing the Way We Express Our Faith with Chestly Lunday

Did you know that the traditional model of the church has not changed for over 1,700 years? But with the rise of digital technology, we are seeing some shifts in the structures that have also changed the way we express our faith. In this episode, Adam interviews Chestly Lunday, a speaker and consultant on issues of generational change in churches, and other organizations. Chestly has given over 1,000 presentations in seven countries reaching over 100,000 people, and has led a team to develop a groundbreaking new study on emerging generational trends within our institutions at the intersection of technology and faith. 

Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation:

  • Chesley’s work on emerging generational trends in churches and businesses
  • How Martin Luther’s work changed how faith was practiced
  • How digital reformation changed the game about how we express our faith
  • Embracing the fear of change and innovation 
  • Does technology increase the anxiety around faith?
  • What makes a good business leader
  • Leveling out the hierarchical structure in churches
  • The importance of relational empathy and community

Episode Highlights:

[07:27] How Martin Luther’s Work Changed How Faith was Practiced

Martin Luther was a key Protestant figure who challenged the corruption of the 16th century Catholic Church. He objected to practices such as selling indulgences, which he believed went against true Christian teachings. Luther’s use of the printing press to disseminate his ideas in German was a game-changer, allowing access to information for the common man. This innovation sparked the Protestant Reformation and enabled Luther’s ideas to spread throughout Europe. Today’s digital reformation is similarly breaking down barriers to information, making Luther’s legacy more relevant than ever.

[11:26] How Digital Reformation Changed The Game About How We Express Our Faith

For over 1700 years, the traditional church model has remained largely unchanged, built for a pre-literate and agrarian society. However, the digital age has changed everything. With the internet and social media, people can access information and connect with others from anywhere in the world. This has forced churches to rethink how they express their faith, as traditional sermons and buildings are no longer the only ways to connect. Social media provides new opportunities to build communities and share messages in a more personal and accessible way. The digital reformation has opened up exciting possibilities for expressing and experiencing faith, and it will be interesting to see its continued evolution.

[16:15] How to Embrace Fear of Change

The way we interpret Scripture is influenced by our worldview, but at the heart of faith is the belief that a divine relationship between God and humanity can bring transformation, fulfillment, and purpose to our lives, not just in the afterlife, but here and now. Whether we identify as atheist, agnostic, or belong to a particular faith tradition, we all seek a sense of purpose that makes our daily efforts feel meaningful. For some, this may manifest as a humanist philosophy that replaces the concept of a divine being, while for others, it may be rooted in a particular faith tradition. Regardless of the form it takes, the credibility of a transformative message and the availability of vehicles for transformation are what drive us to pursue our work.

[35:44] What Makes a Good Leader

As a leader, it is crucial to have a clear vision and direction. Being a strategic, results-oriented leader is essential for gaining followers and achieving success. Without these qualities, people are unlikely to follow and support your goals.

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