Meditations (Web)Church

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

The church web-olution will not be homogenized

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I hate the term “Internet campus.” If it weren’t firmly rooted in all the church strategy speak, the conferences, blog tags etc., I’d chuck it.

The “campus” terminology makes the online strategy feel monolithic.

It probably needs to be flexible, light and customizable.

So it was encouraging to see the discussion opened up by Tony Steward of LifeChurch.tv about how our internet campus approaches should be as various and as numerous as our experience of online communities.

The current Internet campus format probably has become entrenched (as much as anything can be in just a couple of years) because it leverages much of what megachurches in particular are already doing with video-on-demand and multi-site.

Once we’ve launched our Internet campus alpha at NewSpring, I’d like to move quickly into developing a more emdeddable, widgetizable format for our online church experience.

That way we can develop a form of shared religious experience that can be even more “seeker sensitive” than our traditional church services, which inevitably and properly contain a majority of believers.

Internet campuses would then become the beachhead from which we might be able to send out “social media missionaries.”

They’d carry media and other customized resources into the multiplatform, micro-communities they already belong to and use them to engage in and shape seeker-sensitive conversations.

Part of our community-building strategy for the NewSpring Internet campus will probably have to involve that kind of approach, regardless, to build traffic.

But, I do think that “Internet campuses” have a legitimate place in the web church ecology if for no other reason than believers not attached to a local, physical church must have some form of large scale, corporate worship experience.

That is, if we’re trying to actualize a Web “church” online.

Rather than some form of online-enhanced personal ministry.

Or some of form of networked, internet-empowered physical church.

What are your thoughts?

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Written by NickCharalambous

November 25, 2008 at 6:31 pm

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  1. First thought: I may have to get a dictionary to read your blog posts. LOL!

    Second thought: I think you are right on the money, and you’ve clarified several things in this great post that have been knocking around in my head.

    I love this stuff!!

    Tony Steward

    November 25, 2008 at 6:35 pm

  2. LOL. Still trying to find my voice, I think … ๐Ÿ™‚

    ipiphanist

    November 25, 2008 at 6:55 pm

  3. As to the content, in this day and age, I believe you are correct that on what it is going to take to be successful in reaching out. There is definitely a need to be agile with everything we do.

    I have to admit that you started me off on the wrong foot by beginning with “hate”. Hate is a very strong word, so I would prefer something different…”even highly, highly highly dislike”…lol

    But as I said, the overall message was right.

    Might just be me getting old, but the font size with that particular contrast made it a challenge for me to read. I copied it over to a word document to read. Just a thought though…not everyone is probably as old as me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    John Panico

    November 26, 2008 at 6:34 am


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