Detroit’s Black churches are witnessing a digital revolution. Recent years have brought forth new technologies, like artificial intelligence, and new conversations about how the latest technology trends will shape the present and future of the city’s religious institutions. The COVID-19 pandemic acted as a catalyst, propelling many of these churches into the digital age to ensure the safety of their congregants. Now, even as the pandemic’s grip loosens, these new technologies have remained an integral part of their ministry to connect communities and solve critical issues.
The impact of technology on ministry takes center stage during this installment of American Black Journal’s “Black Church in Detroit” series. Host Stephen Henderson talks with two Detroit pastors, Rev. Carnel Richardson of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor Aramis Hinds from Breakers Covenant Church International about their churches’ journey adapting to the technologies brought forth by the pandemic.
The pastors also delve into the thought-provoking realm of artificial intelligence. They emphasize the need for careful scrutiny of emerging AI technologies, reminding their congregations and communities to remain vigilant in understanding how tools intended for good can be potentially misused for manipulation and harm. In a world increasingly reliant on AI, the pastors underscore the importance of never placing any innovation above their steadfast faith and devotion to God.
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