Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Creating Time to Think In A World of 571 New Websites Per Minute

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Within our culture, little effort goes towards time to think.  Look at the graphic below and how it speaks to the online explosion of information.  This graphic will look obsolete in a few short years.

On the eve of General Church Clergy Meetings the above is germane.  The General Church is the parent body under which NewChurch LIVE was established and generously funded as way to live into the world the graphic speaks to.

The good news of the above is that Churches, Synagogues, and Mosques with an online presence can now reach many times the people they preiovusly.  With our services, over the past 2 weeks I have heard from folks watching in California, Florida, Canada, as well as locally.    Some of the contacts have been rather dramatic. When people are in trouble, serious trouble, many search the web.  As the graphic notes, “Data Never Sleeps.”  A good thing in the case of those searching.

And there is a shadow side.  I remember pulling out of a parking lot, listening to Rob Bell, the best-selling author of “Love Wins” speaking.  In 2 sentences, he put it out there.  His church at that time, Mars Hills, was committed to never doing videos of services.  Why?  Because the last thing he wanted on his conscience was the knowledge that he had put a small church congregation “out of business” as congregants chose to tune in vs. join in.  His point was stark, we need to fulfill Christ’s message in how live, in community, and in relationship, not in video.

I don’t know how the future will unfold.  Does a church embrace technology as a way to share its message?  Or does it eschew technology as a way to build alternative community?  These are very hard questions, ones clergy and laity will wrestle with as we seek to do God’s work.   The future I would imagine will be some all-or-nothing approaches spanning the continuum of purely web based models to resurgent home churches.  For the time being, NewChurch LIVE will be an amalgam of both.  And if I was humbly to offer what a “True North” of sorts might be, it would be this.  Christ I believe would be far more concerned with community than with clicks.  How do we build that?

An Invitation to Help Write Sermons

Monday, March 14th, 2011

At NCL, our sermons are the result of many conversations.  The process begins and ends with teams of volunteers who help with everything from the initial ideation to find implementation.  That is how it should be if we are to offer services that really meet people’s needs.

We are expanding our sermon writing team to pull in more of an on-line presence.  If you are interested, here is the specific way to go about joining us.

  1. Meetings are 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM, Thursdays
  2. If you are interested in receiving an “invite”, send an email to chuck.blair@newchurchlive.tv by 2:30 PM the day of the meeting
  3. An email invite in return will be sent to you from our WebEx account.
  4. Step one – follow the email directions for the call in feature via your phone.
  5. Step two – follow the email directions for visual/ video via your computer.
  6. Share your thoughts with us!

I chair the meetings and we use the time to discuss the sermon that will be delivered the following Sunday. It is very fun meeting – thought provoking and inspirational.