Welcome to Church and AI!

Thanks for stopping by.

We’re living in unprecedented times. Artificial intelligence has exploded into the mainstream, and I’m concerned that the Church is missing the forest for the trees.

Here’s the problem.

I fear that, generally, we’re choosing collectively to see AI as a novelty and not an agent for utterly changing how we live, work, and minister in the world. There are important questions to answer that go far beyond “can ChatGPT write my sermon illustration for me?” Consider some of the following issues:

  • How does AI affect church leadership?

  • What does AI mean for pastoral care?

  • What are the theological and philosophical implications of AI?

  • What are the future economic and societal effects of AI? What does this mean for ministry?

  • What are the ethics of AI in church?

  • How can AI support day-to-day tasks?

  • What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of AI for the Church at large?

  • How does the Church respond to issues such as superintelligence and transhumanism?

  • What does AI mean for Christian education?

These critical questions warrant thoughtful reflection, but there is so little for the believing community.

For that reason, I feel compelled to launch this Substack page, where we’ll explore Artificial Intelligence and its effects on the Church at multiple levels.

But who am I? And why should you trust me?

A little about me.

My name is Dave Betts.

I have been in full-time ministry for the best part of 15 years and currently serve as pastor of a church in Red Deer, Alberta. I have undergraduate degrees in Leadership and Management and Biblical Studies and recently completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv), where I am undertook a fairly significant research project exploring the intersection of church leadership and artificial intelligence.

I am definitely not an AI engineer. But after an extensive study on artificial intelligence, I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learnt with other believers.

Let’s figure this out together.

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Church and AI helps believers to navigate our faith in light of artificial intelligence, exploring the opportunities and challenges of this important time in world history.


British-Canadian Jesus-follower serving Christ and his Bride in any way possible. Husband to Sharaya and father of two. Lead Elder at Trinity Church, Red Deer, and Academic Advisor at Okanagan Bible College.