Disclaimer: Although I am on staff at NewSpring Church, the opinions expressed on this site are my own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of NewSpring Church or its staff.
This blog was published between November 2008 and March 2010 during the time I was web pastor for NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. I am now a storyteller on staff there.
The blog began as an easy way to track my learning in pioneering a new area of web ministry that sought to create an online church environment consisting of a video live feed of worship, an open public chatroom, and live prayer via instant message.
NewSpring Church moved away from this church model in March, 2010, choosing to focus its web ministry efforts on live webcasting of its Sunday services. It now stands as an archive of my arc of thought. No new posts will be published to it.
Generally, I began as a bold champion and ended as one who was skeptical of online church in its long-term impact on the larger church and our gospel mission to create disciples of all nations, giving all glory to God. I do still passionately believe that physical churches should do all they can to leverage themselves online.
At the time of this writing, http://lifechurch.tv remains the foremost champion of this worship experience and its most realized form. There are now likely hundreds of churches who have joined them, either in using custom software or commercial services such as Livestream.com or UStream.tv.