So what does better engagement beyond a set time and place on a Sunday look like?
That’s a great question, and it the answer will require a ton of experimentation, but for sure it involves your digital reach.
2. The Digital Will Become Real
As Clay Scroggins put it recently, virtually everyone’s life has become both analog and digital. You run to the store to get milk, but you order your next video game on Amazon and then listen to a podcast on the ride home.
For years, the church has been questioning whether their digital space ‘counts’—whether it’s real.
Let us take Connexus Church as a case sturdy. In a discuss with the Media Team lead he said
In 2016, we launched our live-stream at Connexus Church . In 2017, our physical attendance grew but our weekly online ‘attendance’ for the first time became bigger than our physical attendance. That’s not going to stop us from adding physical locations, but it also means we need to decide what to do with people who watch and engage online.
Unfortunately, I still ask “do online people count?”
But increasingly that question is becoming downright silly.
Here’s the truth: Church leaders, in 2018 asking whether people who watch church online ‘count’ is like Sears asking if Amazon counts. It’s like New York City cabs asking if Uber counts or Lyft counts.
Of course they count.
A majority of first time guests at our church now tell us they watched online for weeks or months before they walked in the door.
And naturally, we need to figure out how to engage with people we may never meet.
Have we figured that out yet? Well no. No one has; we don’t know what it means.
But just because you don’t know the answer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask the question.
In 2018, ask the digital question at your church.
I get that you may not have a million dollars to throw at technology. Or even 1,000 dollars.
But you probably have a free Facebook page, an Instagram account, a twitter account and free YouTube account . Start treating that as real in 2018.
See what happens.
3. Location Independence Will Rise
In many ways we’ve already seen this emerging, but there are a growing number of churches who will start to minister independent of location
In the future, many will consider a church to be their home church, even though the church is in a city they’ve never been to.
Some leading churches are already getting innovative and are facilitating viewing parties, remote baptisms, remote gatherings, small gatherings and other connections will be part of the new normal for churches.
In the same way more workers are increasingly location-independent thanks to technology, more churches will emerge as location-independent.
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