Extremes of Online Church Define Debate. No More!

We love the extremes, but reality happens in the middle, and this is why I hate the dialogue around online church. I dislike, both thumbs down, how we have to go to extremes and not have a real conversation about using an online paradigm for evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and worship. I do understand how the extremes of online church make headlines and stir up middle Americans, but often nothing fruitful is produced. In a recent USA Today article called "Online church: Ministries use VR, apps to deliver digital services and virtual baptisms" I got a few mentions talking about online ministry.

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[Podcast] Expert Insights: Technology and the Digital Church

I was featured on the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast on EXPERT INSIGHTS, a series bringing together Christian leaders – from across the theological spectrum and from a variety of professions – to share their expertise on leadership topics, all through the lens of faith. It was a fun conversation where I answer different questions on the topic of digital church even being church with my friends Nils Smith and DJ Soto.

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The Gap with Online Church

I mentioned these two examples because friction can enable and disable the expansion of an idea. The internet has amplified many great things, but this new frontier has introduced further questions. For churches, the lack of friction encouraged ministries to start streaming their services regularly with very little critical thinking about the broader strategy of online. The shift happened in 2016 because Facebook Live became a free feature to anyone with a Facebook page and most churches jumped on the opportunity.

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Think 3 Not 1

You’re trained from seminary to the cemetery to preach to the bodies in the building. After the service is over and lunch in the belly the message has faded into the distance, but the internet has the changed the game. Unfortunately, seminaries haven’t adjusted yet. You no longer have one intended audience, but three audiences.

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