Christian Communication an Instrument for building Christian Communion

Prof. Rev. Dr. Samuel Meshack
Chairperson, WACC-Asia
Secretary, WACC-Global

The advent of instantaneous global communications, promoted by the convergence of computer, telecommunications and broadcasting, has created an information flood that is changing the political, economic, cultural and social structures of the world. The information and communication technology enable instant, inexpensive, and clear communication almost anywhere in the world, making borders and distances increasingly irrelevant. William Melody (1995) analysing the power of the Communication and Information Technology says that, the functioning of any society depends upon information and it has become the world’s most valuable commodity and it is the power which could shower blessings of knowledge, social and economic progress, or it could be manipulated to enslave people. Information knows no boundary nor morality. Unfortunately the means of communication has been mistaken to the communication per see. In other words the means of communication is given a prominent place rather than the content of our Communication. In this presentation, I would like to try to make this distinction clear by giving the meaning and functions of communication, the basic theological position comprising of the principles of Christian communication and its characteristics for the mission of God that could enable us to see the significance of communication in our efforts towards building a communication policy that could foster and strengthen ‘communion’ among member churches for a meaningful witness as ‘salt’ and ‘light’ of the world.Read More

Informasi Awal, Konsultasi Nasional Gereja dan Komunikasi

Pesatnya perkembangan teknologi informasi dan komunikasi saat ini ditandai dengan semakin cepat arus informasi dan komunikasi di muka bumi ini. Berbagai informasi, berita dan hiburan semakin mudah di akses dan terjangkau setiap saat dimana saja dan kapan saja. Persoalannya sekarang bagaimana Gereja-gereja, media Gereja/Kristen dan lembaga-lembaga pelayanan multi media Kristen dapat memanfaatkan untuk mewartakan kabar baik kepada semua orang di tengah-tengah masyarakat pluralis di Indonesia.Read More