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Chris Brogan is among the most respected social media gurus around. Last fall a group of us blogged our way through his book Trust Agents here on Christian Web Trends. Chris describes himself as “not religious, but I’m certainly curious.”
So, yesterday he visited LifeChurch.tv‘s online campus and blogged about it.
There continues to be a lot of debate about the pros and cons of online church. We did a 9 part series about online churches in the fall. Lots of churches are launching online campuses. One influential church shut down its Internet campus. So, I was very curious to read Chris’s thoughts about his online church experience.
My 2 main take-aways are…
1) Because of LifeChurch.tv’s internet campus he had the opportunity to check out a church and hear the gospel.
Here’s a guy who describes himself as spiritually curious, but it wasn’t likely he would step foot in a physical church building because his previous church experiences were not that great. He wrote “Being raised as a Catholic, I felt that religious music was mostly people repeating very brief verses in horrible singsong with an organ.”
In his book The Tangible Kingdom, Hugh Halter defines evangelism as “changing people’s assumptions.” Thanks to bad church experiences, bad press, and misguided Christians, millions of people have negative assumptions about Christianity and the church.
I’m trying not to read too much into Chris’s post, but it sounds as though he went into LifeChurch.tv assuming worship services are mostly bad music and boring, irrelevant messages. He came out describing his experience as “two rocking songs,” a sermon that “was interesting,” and a community that was “VERY alive.” This wouldn’t have been possible if LifeChurch.tv’s online campus wasn’t so easily accessible and engaging.
2) Because of Chris’s experience others were invited
58,000 people subscribe to Chris’s blog and 147,000 people follow him on Twitter. Those people trust Chris. Many of them are spiritually curious just like he is. When he writes in his post “Check out LifeChurch.tv for yourself, should such things be of interest to you,” many of them will.
Additionally, the post has been retweeted more 300 times already.
You can read Chris’s post here.
What are your thoughts on Chris’s visit to LifeChurch.tv? Does it change or reinforce any of your thoughts about online church? Does it change or reinforce any of your thoughts on the power of blogging and social media in Christian ministry?