Why every Church should start Church Online

Whether you are a large Church or a small one, It seems like more and more churches are getting behind streaming their services online. Church online is not a fad is its not just for big churches. And, I would imagine that as technology continues to make live streaming cheaper and more accessible to everyone, I believe churches will continue to do church online.

But if you are still on the fence as to decide if you should do church online or not, there is one really important reason I believe you should start. And it is found in the response from a woman in our Chat Room from a recent service.

She said, “I have not been able to get to church in awhile. But going through a really tough break up and felt like I needed t log on this morning.”

So what does that mean?

The reality is people still aren’t going to church. And, for whatever reason, they may be afraid of stepping into a church building. But just because they have these fears from past issues or hurts, that doesn’t mean they don’t want to try to discover who God is.  By having a Church Online options, people can get connected to God and others that will help them process questions about life and God.

images-1And this is exactly why more churches should be embracing technology and getting onto Church Online in some form or another. You may not be able to invest the time and money into going full force into it. but, you could do a few things:

  1. Periscope your services from a phone or tablet. Although not as ideal as a real camera, using Periscope will greatly increase your reach to others on social media.
  2. Facebook Live your services or a devotional from a minister.
  3. Use YouTube or Facebook videos to share video devotionals or sermons online. This is great, especially if you can’t do live streaming. Simply record a sermon or a video devotional and share it.
  4. Share your messages online as podcasts. That way people can hear your messages even if they can’t attend church that particular week.
  5. Start Online Life Groups.  These have been great for my church.  People from all over the world, literally, participate in these groups at our church.  But, people from the local campus participate as well.  Why do they do these groups and not a physical life group? It’s because they may be too busy to commit to a certain day and time.  Because of this, our Online Life Groups are able to minister to people and help them grow in Christ through these online groups.

Again, Church Online is a safe place for someone to start discovering or rediscovering who God is.  Because of this, this is exactly why your church needs to be getting into Church Online ASAP.

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Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at YMSidekick.com and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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