We are facing the biggest communication shift in 500 years. When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 15th century, the Bible was finally able to make its way into the hands of the masses. The effect of this was global and groundbreaking, undoubtedly contributing to the protestant reformation less than 100 years after.
Today, we are standing at the precipice of another shift.
Over the past decade, we’ve seen a monumental rise in the power of social media and the internet. It has become a tool used to start movements, share opinions, build friendships and learn new skills. No longer is print the only means of getting our information; now, anyone with a phone and a data plan or WiFi connection can be more informed more quickly. Unfortunately, this immediate access to information has also allowed the polarizing spread of negative information and even hatred.
At Shift Ministry (the young adult ministry of Island ECC), we see the internet as our mission field.
Just as the Apostle Paul was able to leverage the Roman road system to expand the reach of his letters to a far wider audience, we hope to leverage the internet to reach wider audiences, in order to equip and unite a generation together for the glory of God.
Our heart is to provide a platform for young people in Hong Kong to engage with various issues that pertain to faith and culture. As the world becomes increasingly uncertain and unstable, we want the truth of the Word of God to be our relevant source of truth now more than ever. With that as our foundation, our desire is then to approach topics in intellectually honest and nuanced ways. This is how we aim to reach this unique and exciting mission field.
Why SHIFT GEAR?
SHIFT is the young adult ministry of Island ECC, and GEAR has the meaning of equipment. SHIFT GEAR also carries the idea of changing course.
Our hope is to equip young adults with knowledge and truth of the Word of God, and encourage them to adopt different ways of thinking and new perspectives. We want this generation not just to survive the culture, but to shift the culture.
Shift gear. We welcome you to join us on this journey.