Posts in Future of Church Online
The Identity Crisis of #ChurchOnline

When internet campuses, iCampuses, and online campuses launched fifteen years ago, the digital expression of the church was new. Most online churches started for people far from a physical church. The original vision was to reach people globally and provide a practical resource for anyone traveling or sick. Flash forward to 2019 and online has engulfed the entire world. We are all online. Even your grandma is connected. She might be rocking Microsoft Edge and shares only cooking recipes on Facebook, but she is online.

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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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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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