Looking Back (1st Third)
The world seems to have gotten just a tad more crazy than usual. People, generally, are reacting to events with fear rather than logic. Reminds me of how kids take tests. They cram preparing themselves for what might be, they play oblivious that a test is even coming or they balance play with preparation. I often find myself either cramming or playing even though I know there is a better way. How do you get ready for a test?
Life is an experiment where we learn by trial and error. Everyday we face some sort of test. Having been involved in online ministry for almost two decades now. I have seen numerous online ministries come and go. Each experiment in ministering online has resulted in a new learning opportunity. So, why experiment with online ministry?
As strange as it may seem Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok, online conferencing, online gaming and many other facets of our present Internet have not been around for very long. With or without the Internet our world is rapidly changing. We don’t live in small isolated communities anymore. We connect in many new and often amazing ways. This requires a steep learning curve as we respond to changes happening around us. The test is ongoing.
Jesus and his teachings are fascinating and relevant. He did not intend church to be stuck in one time period, one culture or one location. Too often it seems we reflect on WHAT the church is supposed to be rather than WHY church. We look at form rather than function.
As a result of our present circumstances many churches are streaming services online for the first time. They are attempting to be church for the many who can not attend church. Another experiment that continues to beg the question why have church online? Is it time for church online?
Looking Up (2nd Third)
“Every day in the temple, and in various homes, they continued teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” Acts 5:42 CSB
“What then, brothers and sisters? Whenever you come together, each one has a hymn, a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Everything is to be done for building up.” 1 Corinthians 14:26 CSB
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.”1 Thessalonians 5:11 CSB
Looking Forward (3rd Third)
Christians are not limited to any church. Billy Graham
I see no difference in the old, old story and the newest means to transmit it. It is time, for the church to use technology to make a statement that in the midst of emptiness, chaos and despair there is hope in the person of Jesus Christ. Billy Graham
Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there. A.W. Tozer
The Church may have a building, but that is not its place. The building may be the church’s location, but its space is in the shared humanity of its persons. Andrew Root
The internet is, “a tool that makes larger things possible.”
We can’t stand on the sidelines; we can’t be spectators. How we talk online and what we talk about matters.
We live in an age where our voice, for good or bad, makes a difference.
How to Have Church at Home (personal note: this also works well for online church) https://zume.vision/articles/how-to-have-church-at-home/
Multiple Options for gathering online: Facebook Groups, Zoom Conferencing, Skype, Gaming Applications etc.
Multiple Options for gathering onland: Home, Coffee Shop, Park, Library, Church Building etc.
To be church is to be church 24/7. It is not restricted to a building or location.
Welcome to the testing grounds. Any questions or comments?