The goals are faithfulness, godliness, obedience, etc. The goals are repentance, faith, belief in Jesus, i. Great article Carey. The church team I joined recently — right at the time we saw each other at the Back 40 Conference in Indiana, PA — is full in on everything you shared here. We are seeing these things happen in our little corner of NW Pennsylvania. We are multi-site 3 locations and have been for about 10 years. In the fall of , we launched an on-line campus that is truly interactive worship, communion, chat rooms, etc. I think we even have some international viewers.
On a practical side, one of our physical campuses had a mechanical failure this weekend and the building was closed, but no problem because we re-routed our people to both a different physical campus or the online campus.
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Great stuff. Thanks for the wisdom and encouragement. If there is a way forward that can include more people I think it is worth further consideration. I value community that being part of a church entails greatly it has changed my life. Great article! Thanks for getting us thinking about the challenges of this new year. I have been scouring the internet for ideas on engaging our online folks. We run around every Sunday at church and have anywhere from to 1, views on our fb live broadcasts. We have to figure out how to engage these folks in a real and viable way. Thanks for your information and your help!
Carey, not so much an additional trend comment but I wanted to express appreciation! I always love your insights and have learned so much from you over these past few years.
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I listen to all your podcasts and read all your blogs! Thanks so much for continuing to challenge the church to move forward in the ways in which we engage with our culture and the rapidly changing context of the twenty first century while remaining faithful to our mission! You are making a huge difference for the Kingdom of God!
All here is allowing many professing Christians to nonchalantly connect thru social media atmosphere, just like world today. All I see is life groups where ppl now follow study guides; this generation knows nothing of teaching and creating their own to fit the needs of the group. Humanism and pragmatism galore, masqueraded under Scripture and weak worship songs that speak to us more than praising Him. This shows more satisfaction in numbers more than holiness and repentant hearts.
Due to changing our methods to minister to people we have seen significant growth spiritual among all members. Our main campus is on Facebook with pop up communities around the globe. This is the first in the world as far as we know. Jesus and the disciples went where the people are. PCL is doing the same. Being on social media gives us the opportunity to disciple everyday, not only on Sundays along with many other benifits you mention.
I appreciate your influence to create change. What we are doing at PCL is something all churches should be integrating into their plans for I know you know this but that is not why we gather on Sundays in one place together as a local church and that the real reason is still important.
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That said, thank you for helping us push forward with courage and boldness and not fear. Blessings man! Sounds like something written by a night club owner trying to keep up with the latest trend. Disco out Zongo in! So redo the club to draw in the zongo crowd. Not one mention of some book of instruction…what was that book…oh yes!
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Least of which is the latest social trend. Not one gave one thought to the latest social trend! They did not even allow themselves to become involved with the Jewish religious system. Which interestingly was very busy accepting the latest socially accepted values of the day.
Without that one and only message then the church stops being a church and becomes a religious club. Always looking for a better business model. But, of course never finding one. The church is dying because it has lost the message of the Bible. Without that message the church will become what it is fast becoming.
A social chasing religious club. Your specific congregation…. Christ was and is always on the move, and so is His Spirit in His Church. Sorry to disappoint you my friend, I am not a pastor. I have been called to the work of a Evangelist. The church is indeed dying in its original commission. There is a Hell. It is a horrible place and a lost soul will spend eternity there. I have not heard a message on Hell in years. Plenty of messages on GOD wants you to be rich, feel good about oneself.
But, not one word about SIN. How it is destroying lives, families. There is only ONE morally positive organization on the face of this earth…the church! When the church loses that one and only message then the society the church was charged to constrain from sin. In ten years , or less. Not one has a thing to do with chasing society and its latest fads. Hello Michael. We are the church, the body of Christ, started by Paul, our apostle. Jesus was sent not but for the lost sheep of Israel.
Our salvation is not found in confessing our sins, being water baptized, ect. Paul also tells us we will be judged according to his gospel. This is a no-works gospel, unlike that given to Israel. Grace and Peace. Carey, great post. I look forward to how you continue to break this down in the future.
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One thing for leaders to consider is their own community and if resources are limited what they need to provide most — the digital immanence, or the analog community. I think this is where small churches need to leverage the available quality material of others that already have a digital presence while pursuing excellence in local relationship and discipleship. This is an accurate evaluation of trends that have been already occurring and increasing in the church for the last five years or so. The question that every church needs to ask is what if any of these do we need to adopt, which of these can we do effectively with the resources of people and finances we have and where do we start.
Knowing that many churches have limited resources it might be wise to start with those that are easiest to implement. Having said that I think the salient point made in this article is 6. I feel the need to tweak this response just a tad.
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