The AI for Churches Podcast
The AI for Churches Podcast
Ep. 12: AI Unveiled (A Journey through Breakthroughs, 2024 Predictions, and Practical Wisdom for Churches)
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Episode Overview

In this special bite-sized episode, the hosts Bart Blair and Pastor David Thorne, Ed.D., discuss recent AI advancements, predict future developments in 2024, and offer practical advice for pastors looking to integrate AI into their ministries.

Reviewing Major AI Advancements in 2022-2023

Bart and David recap the critical AI developments over the past year, including the launches of AI image generators MidJourney and Stable Diffusion, Claude, and ChatGPT.

Predictions for AI Progress in 2024

In 2024, David predicts progressive AI integration in everyday products, a slight improvement in text-to-video capabilities, and a doubling of AI platforms with reduced costs.

AI Tool Recommendations for Pastors

The episode ends with David advising interested pastors to experiment with free AI tools like ChatGPT 3.5 before jumping into advanced ones like ChatGPT 4 and Claude. In addition, Bart also recommends Missional Marketing’s very own AI sermon creation tool called Sermon Spark.

Notable Quotes –

  • David at [7:09] “So for those of you in church––people who are out there, church leaders––and you feel like you’re missing out, you actually haven’t. We’re talking about things that are hardly even a year old, and so there’s no boat to miss. The boat hasn’t even left the port yet. Hop on the boat; there’s plenty of time and space.”
  • David at [11:04] – “We will continue to see AI imperfectly added into almost everything we use.”
  • Bart at [12:20] – “You’d be unwise to think that [church management software companies] are not trying to figure out the best and most effective ways to implement AI strategies into their platforms” 
  • Bart at [19:14] – “[W}e’re probably going to get to a point where we don’t even use the term ‘AI’ when we’re describing the things that are actually helping improve the real world.”
  • Bart at [20:23]: “I think there’s going to be kind of this standardization of artificial intelligence as just being another technology…”
  • David at [22:32] – “A tool like anything that you would have? It’s only as useful as your ability to remember to use it”

Episode Highlights

  • (3:36) Major AI advancements (2022-2023)
  • (10:27) David’s AI progress predictions for 2024
  • (21:53) AI tool recommendations for pastors

Resources & Links

Dr. David Thorne
Mentioned

Midjourney AI 

Stable Diffusion 

Sermon Spark AI