JohnShaw wrote:(1) I find the discussion of limiting access very interesting, I have to wonder to myself, why?
(2) We rob our members of choice experiences every week if Sunday School, Primary, Nursery, Youth Leaders, RS, EQP, HPGL are unable to take advantage of media content on the Internet.
(3) In this evolution, access to the internet is the assumption, not the exception. Members expect this now just like they expect the building to have lights, or heat and/or AC.
(4) I am SAD for FM who aren't able to adjust, I am SAD for Leaders who spend so much time thinking about ways to limit access, mostly I am sad for members who aren't able to fulfill their callings well because of limitations imposed on them.
(5) Yes it is true this assumes Internet Connectivity is better than what many have. Get with it... Convince FM to up the lines,
(6) it is a general culture shift that needs to take place, . . . BTW, the LEADERS in the Church have already accepted that culture change, it is mid-level management that needs to get out of the way or be left behind.
I do not believe we are missing the mark. I believe we are seeing an anxious desire to do things meeting up against a careful consideration of matters that are decided by those who hold the keys to preside and have been given full authority to do so.
(1) Stake presidents have varying experiences. Some are trusting of technology. Others are tired of holding councils for those who abuse it. I believe this will change when there is technical accountability by requiring use of LDS Account to access Church wifi. Until then, for many the problems and disadvantages far outweigh the advantages.
(2) Media content is wonderful and is available without wifi access. It merely requires advanced planning and preparation. Qualified leaders and teachers listening to and following the Spirit will know exactly how and when to use all of the resources the Church makes available to them. Inspired leaders and teachers will also know when the clamor and excitement of the midway will overpower the Spirit and make an otherwise effective and uplifting lesson of lessor value.
(3) In our entitlement society, members expect a lot of things. Sometimes members do not respond well when leaders teach self-discipline and the need to balance even "every good thing" in our stewardship.
(4) FM, with its very limited resources, responds very well to those with keys. Those with keys make the important decisions. And lack of wifi is not a limitation imposed upon a member that will keep him or her from fulfilling a calling. If a member truly feels that way, it is time for an improving teaching workshop.
(5) In some areas, it is not a matter of getting with it and upping the lines. Even a general authority cannot make the phone company increase their DSL speed. And when a cable company says it will take four months to install, do not ask them to do it in one and expect to be connected.
(6) This Church is not run by culture shifts. Not all leaders have accepted the culture change you describe. But many are carefully embracing it. And mid-level managers have no concern at all if they are doing what they have been asked to do.
I am grateful for the direction in which the Church is headed with regard to technology. I fully embrace it. I also understand the frustrations of FM groups who are caught squarely between our desires for the latest and greatest technical advances and the direction of those who hold priesthood keys and who ultimately have the responsibility to keep us on course.
And so, because of all of this and more, the stake president gets to decide how widely to distribute the wifi password, because he knows the members of his stake best, and he holds the keys to direct the work of the stake.