We are drowning in technology like never before.

Millions of Christians, young and old, are spending more time in front of screens. Though it’s an essential part of our lives, increased use of technology brings specific spiritual, relational and emotional struggles. Tech-Wise offers new help in dealing with these struggles for yourself, your kids, team and church.

The Tech-Wise journey is not another set of rules to follow. It’s about reimagining a different and better way to live our lives together.

 

Join Andy Crouch as he shares how we can relate to technology and one another differently and flourish at home, work and church.

 

Embrace a fresh strategy to stop technology from distracting us from the best moments in life.

Tech-wise courses offer:

A new way think about the role technology plays in our lives.

Actionable strategies for using technology wisely at home, school, work and even church.

Why technology actually leads to boredom instead of preventing it.

How to position devices to play a supporting role in our lives, instead of consuming our lives and driving us toward passivity.

 

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Take Control of Screen Time and Help Your Family Connect

Even more so since the pandemic, millions of Christians, young and old, are spending more time in front of screens. As we try to juggle work and school online, many are experiencing spiritual, relational and emotional struggles with always-on access to technology. The Tech-Wise Family journey is not about screen time and another set of rules to follow. It's about reimagining a different and better way to live our lives together.

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Tech-Wise Core Curriculum

  Introduction: What Tech-Wise Is About
  Download Your Workbook
  Core Ideas, Part 1: Tools, Devices and “Easy Everywhere”
  Core Ideas, Part 2: Instruments
  Core Ideas, Part 3: Flourishing, Formation, and What Technology is “Good For”
  Core Practices, Part 1: Shaping Space
  Core Practices, Part 2: Structuring Time

Tech-Wise Family Curriculum

Family Track Description
  Session 1: What Is Family For?
  Session 2: The Rhythms of Our Days
  Session 3: The Limits of Leisure
  Session 4: Privacy and Secrets
  Session 5: The Big Picture

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Increasing Productivity & Connection in the New Digital Normal

The Tech-Wise Teams Course is about the importance of relationships among teammates and the role of technology in the workplace. While many technologies increasingly replace aspects of work, some of the most important ones require human engagement and interaction, like email and instant messaging tools. We can use technology to help us eliminate the work we are not good at and give us more availability to do the kinds of work that require personal investment.

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Tech-Wise Core Curriculum

  Introduction: What Tech-Wise Is About
  Download Your Workbook
  Core Ideas, Part 1: Tools, Devices and “Easy Everywhere”
  Core Ideas, Part 2: Instruments
  Core Ideas, Part 3: Flourishing, Formation, and What Technology is “Good For”
  Core Practices, Part 1: Shaping Space
  Core Practices, Part 2: Structuring Time

Tech-Wise Teams Curriculum

  Teams Track Description
  Session 1: Strategic, Adaptive, Creative
  Session 2: Working as Persons
  Session 3: Efficiency and Bandwidth

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Using Technology to Disciple Instead of Distract

The Tech-Wise Church is the place that supports families, which is the primary place of formation of individuals. The church brings families together, provides them a culture, a story, and forms their identity as a collective people. Technology plays an important role in this, but we must show caution to not give up this responsibility of forming families through personal relationships to it.

 

Tech-Wise Church Sessions

Tech-Wise Core Curriculum

  Introduction: What Tech-Wise Is About
  Download Your Workbook
  Core Ideas, Part 1: Tools, Devices and “Easy Everywhere”
  Core Ideas, Part 2: Instruments
  Core Ideas, Part 3: Flourishing, Formation, and What Technology is “Good For”
  Core Practices, Part 1: Shaping Space
  Core Practices, Part 2: Structuring Time

Tech-Wise Church Curriculum

Church Track Description
  Session 1: The Formative Community
  Session 2: Technology, Magic, and Leadership
  Session 3: Media and Formative Practices

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The Tech-Wise Books

Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place

Making good choices about technology is more than just using internet filters and limiting “screen time.” It’s about developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media, rather than accepting technology’s promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world’s knowledge at our fingertips.

Drawing on in-depth original research from Barna Group, Andy Crouch helps readers ask deeper questions about tech and family life: Who do we want to be as a family? How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal? This book is for anyone who has felt their family relationships suffer or their time slip away amid technology’s distractions, and wants to reclaim real life in a world of devices.

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Growing Up and Making Choices in a World of Devices

Amy Crouch is a rare 19-year-old. In an Instagramming, Instagram-influencing and digital native generation, she grew up with minimal technology. In My Tech-Wise Life, she and her father, Andy Crouch, share how intentional and controlled use of modern devices, apps, and services has helped her avoid many of the negative experiences of her peers and cultivate positive experiences interacting with the real world.

With writing that connects on a teen-to-teen level, Amy and Andy unpack tech temptations–such as the temptation to distract ourselves from any potentially boring or awkward situation, or to stay up-to-date with every notification and trend–and then offer antidotes that lead to more patience, wisdom, honesty and wonder in life.

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Meet the Authors

Andy Crouch–author, speaker, musician and dad to Amy–has shaped the way our generation sees culture, creativity and the gospel. In addition to his books The Tech-Wise FamilyCulture MakingPlaying God and Strong and Weak, his work has been featured in Time, the Wall Street Journal. the New York Times and Lecrae’s 2014 single “Non-Fiction.” He lives with his family in Pennsylvania.

Amy Crouch is a student at Cornell University studying linguistics, English, and anything else she can fit into her schedule. She loves to cook, climb mountains, and chat about books.

 

Key Research from The Tech-Wise Family

 

Technology & Christmas: Tips for Monitoring Devices

When families come together for Christmas, they bring their values and routines with them as well. Increasingly those are shaped by a relationship to technology. Drawing from Andy Crouch’s recent book, The Tech-Wise Family (a 2018 Christianity Today Book Award recipient), we've compiled some key statistics and helpful tips to make yours a tech-wise home for the holidays.

Tips for a Tech-Wise Christmas

When families come together for Christmas, they bring their values and routines with them as well. Increasingly those are shaped by a relationship to technology. Drawing from Andy Crouch’s recent book, The Tech-Wise Family (recently named a recipient of a 2018 CT Book Award), we've compiled some key statistics and helpful tips to make yours a tech-wise home for the holidays.

6 Tech Habits Changing the American Home

Parents today believe it is harder than ever to raise children. The number-one reason? Technology. In this sneak peek of The Tech-Wise Family—a new book by Andy Crouch—we look at some of the top revelations about how parents and kids relate to their devices and to each other.

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