Meditations (Web)Church

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

Online church connection not community?

with 3 comments

I’ve been thrilled about the entry of North Point into the online ministry space. With such a world class staff, there’s no question that we’ll learn a ton from their efforts.

I thought its most recent blog introducing its connections strategy was fascinating, revealing a cautious, humble approach to how the new digital space its opening up will help attenders grow in faith.

They see online connection as:

  • An opportunity for enhancing connection, sharing and growing
  • A path away from isolation toward conversation
  • Not a replacement for face-to-face connection
  • Not a full expression of community.

I particularly love pastor Jeff Henderson’s? closing comment:

You may have noticed that we haven’t used the term community or online groups in the talk of our next step connections. This is intentional since we still have questions about the depth to which we can know and grow online. We are not ready yet to say that we can provide a full expression of group life or community online. But, we are ready to connect our viewers into conversations, exploration and relationships that will enhance the North Point Online experience and help lead our guests into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ!

The truth is all of us pastoring online yearn and feel the “birth pangs” even of our physical churches can be fully expressed by supplementing our lived experience in and through digital tools.

I am growing clearer every day of the reality that the Web Church doesn’t have to arrogate to itself the idea that it is a complete or perfect expression of “church” for it to be worthy and redeeming way to advance God’s kingdom that is truly, permanently and dramatically changing lives.

Who’s with me?

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Written by NickCharalambous

July 10, 2009 at 10:11 am

Posted in ruminations

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  1. i’m with you. 😉

    human3rror

    July 10, 2009 at 12:21 pm

  2. So am I!

    Daniel Berman

    July 10, 2009 at 8:28 pm

  3. I am… and you know that 🙂

    I definitely think that intentional knowing and growing can happen online.

    Nathan Edwards

    July 11, 2009 at 2:32 pm


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