Meditations (Web)Church

A year (and a bit) in the life of NewSpring's first Web pastor

The future of the Church is online

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NewSpring has some great friends at LifeChurch.tv, and online community manager Tony Steward was kind enough to give me the opportunity this week to be a guest poster for the blog for their web campus, Church Online.

If you missed it, you can read the post here.

I wanted to offer a handful of practical ways to try out and see tangible results from a purposeful use of web tools for the church.

I also offered a quick overview of the overall dynamics of our social economy that lead me to conclude that the future of the church is online.

Here’s a snippet to whet your appetite:

I think our current hang-up over whether you can have true community without physical presence is a colossal distraction from the reasons why.

We’ve got to be where everyone is, use the communication tools everyone else uses, and share what Jesus has to offer wherever people expect to find “knowledge for life.” And in our foreseeable future that will be defined by the web.

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Written by NickCharalambous

April 30, 2009 at 9:17 am

Posted in ruminations

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  1. [...] Not only am I pumped for the good folks at NorthPoint, including John Saddington, Jeff Henderson, and Los Whitaker who are behind the initiative, I think having several heavyweight ministries exploring this terrain is only going to speed up our learning about how best to grow strong churches online. [...]

  2. [...] naivety. Some is no longer relevant given the changing online environment. But I believe some of what I wrote may have been written with prophetic force that may remain useful to church leaders and [...]

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