Internet Church: Wave of the Future? (Part 2)

"Leave this machine, Mac demon. Macs were created to deceive the elect."

Yesterday I mentioned that many Christians in the southeast logged in to internet churches on Sunday because of inclement weather.  Today, I want to look at…

The Pros of Internet Church

A potential new audience. There are many tech-savy people in our culture.  An internet church with all the interactive possibilities (including live chat during the service with other people) certainly appeals to an ever-growing, widening audience.

The potential for innovation and creativity. I’ve viewed several internet church services, from a full-blown live stream of a megachurch to the staff of a church in their church office doing a stripped down service out of necessity due to weather.  From visuals to integrated video, the possibilities for innovation and creativity are limitless, whether it is done live or pre-recorded and streamed.  The technological innovations are limitless, too.  Mars Hill Church in Seattle released their own iPhone app back in August ’09.  Churches innovative enough to create their own iPhone app (or whatever new platform) could connect their people and countless others with their content 24/7.

People can check out a church before showing up to the live campus. With all the church shopping going on in our culture, a person or a family could check out a church’s main service online to see if it’s something they could connect with before going through the ordeal of having to get the kids and hubby out of the bed and dragging them to church.

There are certainly some pros to having an internet campus or doing an internet church.  But there are also cons.  I’ll write about those tomorrow.  In the meantime, can you think of any more pros to an internet church/campus?  Leave some comments…

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5 Responses to Internet Church: Wave of the Future? (Part 2)

  1. Greg says:

    The internet church was a good thing because, well, we were in a pinch. We usually don’t get storms like that in the southeast (or Northeast where I am technically located) and we are not prepared for it.

    So yes, for the day it was a good thing. I am thankful for people that are tech savvy that can put it together and for churches to see the importance to continue to teach even when the body as a whole can’t meet.

    Yes, there are pros… I won’t submit my cons right now… i am anticipating your view…

    have at it Aaron!

  2. Jason B says:

    I agree with the pros. Wrote a few more at the blog. Also finished up the series since I’m heading out of town. I’ll keep with you on here and see how things are going. Also sent people here to get another perspective.

  3. Aaron says:

    Good stuff fellas. Stay tuned through Thursday.

  4. Laura says:

    Another pro is that it is a great opportunity for people who can’t physically “go to church” (what we old schoolers call shut-ins…I never understood that. Who shut these people in and why can’t we get them out?!) to be able to worship. It is our generation’s version of televangelism for lack of a better word for it.

  5. Aaron says:

    Hopefully guys like Robert Tilton won’t catch on!

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