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

The complete start-up guide to the NewSpring Web Campus

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I believe that 2009 is the threshold year for web campuses, or the recent phenomenon of churches building online environments for worship experiences.

There are already dozens of churches that have followed the pioneering efforts of Lifechurch.tv. And by the volume of inquiries we’ve gotten for our recently launched NewSpring Web Campus, there are bound to be hundreds of others following suit.

Don’t think you have to build a web campus just like ours. In fact, we know ours needs a lot of improvements.

And don’t think that you have to have a huge staff and huge amounts of money.

With free services such as Mogulus and UStream, some form of online worship experience is possible with a very minimal investment of resources. There is also at least one company out there offering a respectable and reasonably affordable off-the-shelf solution.

(NewSpring is planning to open-source our site just as soon as we have hired some web developers. If you think you have what it takes, email Joshua Blankenship.)

But I would definitely caution about jumping into it because it’s the new big thing for ministry success and ministry visibility.

I think you have to have a clear understanding of who you are trying to serve and whether your “audience” is going to attach to it in a way that would honor what God is calling you to do.

What the world definitely doesn’t need is a bunch of cookie cutter web “churches” that aren’t structured or staffed to really fulfill their proper ministry objective.

Sure, you can have a “live,” appointment-viewing video distribution channel for your worship and messages, but that’s just an update of TV worship, not really Biblical church.

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Written by NickCharalambous

February 12, 2009 at 10:46 am

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  1. where are teh comments?

    human3rror

    February 12, 2009 at 11:10 am

  2. […] Nick Charalambous’ Complete Guide – Web Campus Pastor […]

  3. What a wealth of info! Thanks for posting this. Is there anyone who can give this sort of insight as to how the audio is produced? The band sounds great on the broadcast.

    I’m an audio-tech junkie and would love to hear more about that.

    Chris Hill

    February 12, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    • Chris: I’ll pass on your info to Joel Yates … from my understanding that’s a whole lot more about art than technology ….

      ipiphanist

      February 12, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    • Hey chris just saw this. The audio for the web is just my normal foh boardmix there is nothing done to it at all not even compression put on it.It goes directly out of console up at 200 ft snake to the web room directly into the computer that is for the web service. Its just having your sound system tuned right so when you make changes on the console its what your hearing coming out of the speakers too.

      joel yates/newspring tech director

      March 16, 2009 at 5:22 pm

  4. […] Nick Charalambous’ Complete Guide – Web Campus Pastor […]


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