The Immediate Future of Church Online

godvertiser —  2009/10/25 — 2 Comments

Right now, there’s approximately 40 online churches across the world wide web.

None of them have gotten it fully right yet.  Most online pastors will tell you they agree with that assessment too.

But all of them are also forging ahead without looking back.  It’s all about wrestling with technology, content and how to make the connections made in church online constitute authentic Christian community.

Check out this vid from Pastor Dave Adamson from LiquidChurch.com about the immediate future.

This is a glimpse of what’s ahead immediately in front of us.

It’s inevitable that church online will embraced by thousands of more people going forward.

Only time will tell about the real distant future — about what church online will look like then.  A bunch of stuff needs to happen with the church online model as it becomes fully acknowledged as another way of “doing church.”

What are your thoughts?

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2 responses to The Immediate Future of Church Online

  1. Church Online is already authentic Christian community. God is using technology to lead people to faith and disciple them. The question certainly isn't whether or not Church Online is "church"! Jesus said whenever two or more are gathered, he is there. I gather each week with 400 people at Liquid Church Online. We take communion together, share family stories, pray for each other, confess sins, maintain accountability and even do church discipline.
    The question is where Church Online goes when we stop mimicking offline church and develop our own thumbprint. That's when we'll TRANSFORM space online, instead of just OCCUPY it!

  2. @Dave Adamson – Great comments. I love the last part — and think it *IS* important for the online church to define its own terms so that people will find richness going to church online. Technology is currently seen as a hinderance by many critics. But if church online can harness technology / Internet to solve problems that exist in offline relationships, (perhaps things like expanding the Dunbar number for social communities) then it will be seen as an advantage, not the opposite.

    Love the creative force to push ahead in your ministry. God bless.

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