Some pastors do not believe in using electronic devices in the services, even for reading the Bible. If that is a pastor’s conviction and if he thinks he should enforce it, that should be the policy. It should be made clear each service with the biblical reasons.
For those who allow devices to be used in the services for Bible study, as we do, we advise making an announcement such as the following each week:
(1) Please put your phone into airplane mode so that you and the rest of the church are not distracted by ringers and phone calls. Silent mode is not enough. This service is God’s. Honor Him by giving Him your full attention. When it’s time for God’s business, it’s time to forget my business. An exception is if you are on emergency call for your work, such as law enforcement or medical. If that is the case, you should inform the pastor and you should sit in the back of the room so that you don’t disturb the service if you have to leave.
(2) If you use a phone or tablet for Bible study during the service, you are welcome to do so, but do not use it for anything else, such as email, texting, social media, surfing the web, or games. Do not give your children electronic devices to play with during the services. You are most welcome to be here with us, but if you want to do anything other than listen to God’s Word, please go out of the service so you will not be a distraction to others.
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