I'm still working through McKnight's book with the club, but here's something I found in a UM Connection article, exploring factors leading to decline in membership in the United Methodist Church. When in doubt, look to the megachurch:
"Instead of small wooden pews, one or two microphones, and an organ or piano, mega-churches boast stadium style seating for thousands, use state of the art visual projection equipment and play mostly contemporary music, often with a full band."
I can hear the spiritual seeker now: "Almost am I persuaded to be a Christian, but that projector is so 2006!"
To be fair to the author, more is mentioned than just technology, but the article is program-heavy. I have seen technology, management techniques, and creative programming produce impressive results in ministry. Programs also offer security, as they allow programmers a certain amount of control over the outcomes. However, if the Gospel is to be believed, such security is misplaced, and is a danger to authentic ministry. Not to be down on technology and management techniques, but the church has relied upon them for too long.
I like the N.T. Wright quote on page 76:
…the point of the Spirit is to enable those who follow Jesus to take into all the world the news that he is Lord, that he has won the victory over the forces of evil, that a new world has opened up, and that we are to help make it happen.